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Office for Future Food Security discusses 2050 global scenarios

Workshops held to examine the challenges likely to be faced by forthcoming generations with regard to food security, Minister of State’s office says

| | Jul 26, 2018 | 9:57 am
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Dubai, UAE, 26 July 2018: The challenges of ensuring an adequate supply of food for generations to come was the subject of discussion at a recent series of workshops held by the UAE Office for Future Food Security, the Minister of State’s office announced, in a Press communiqué. Titled ‘Global Food Security Foresight’, the sessions examined several potential global scenarios for the year 2050 and analysed how these might affect the provision of sustenance for the region’s millions of residents, the communiqué said.

According to the UAE Office for Future Food Security, the workshops assessed the responses that would be needed to address the challenges of scenarios that differed in their severity of impact on the food supply chain. The discussions assessed the issues in context with the National Food Security Strategy, which the Office for Future Food Security is currently developing, the communiqué said.

H.E. Mariam Almheiri

Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, said: “Providing adequate food for the world’s citizens is a global problem and one that is likely to become more pressing in the coming decades. We are living in an era of increased pressures on food production stemming from a host of interlocking challenges, including accelerating climate change, dwindling fresh water access and escalating energy demands.”

Included in the scenarios discussed at the workshops was one that saw the world increasingly ungoverned, as nations retrench to focus on their internal challenges, the communiqué said. Climate change has become a central issue, with food insecurity being maintained by the productive innovations occurring at national and local levels, which have been driven by necessity, the communiqué further said.

Her Excellency added: “Although food security is threatened in this scenario, it is one that also sees new technologies emerging that promise to increase efficiency and output. Increased international cooperation will foster more fluid transition of agricultural products across borders, which, in turn, will allow countries to aid one another in addressing shortages. Investments in aquaculture, desalination and urban farming will allow the UAE to make great strides towards sustainable food security.”

A more severe scenario that was analysed saw the world amid a period of deep geopolitical instability, where food security is denominated by establishing effective terms of alliances, the communiqué said. Given both unstable global supply chains and climate-driven disruption of agricultural production, food and water security have become central strategic challenges, the communiqué further said.

According to the Office for Future Food Security, it is developing the National Food Security Strategy, which is scheduled for launch in September 2018, in collaboration with prominent decision makers, academics and experts from the government and private sectors, who are collaborating to set sustainable, long-term policies for future food security in the United Arab Emirates.

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