GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Food Industry

 
  Share

October 15, 2017– Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region need to step up their efforts to improve food security measures to ensure high living standards and sustainable growth, the latest results from the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) have revealed ahead of the World Food Day on October 16. The DuPont-sponsored GFSI was jointly released by the integrated science company and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of The Economist Group.

GFSI was launched in 2012 to evaluate the performance of 113 countries implementing food security measures in terms of affordability, availability, and quality and safety of food and food systems. Among Arab countries, a total of nine have improved positively over the last five years. Kuwait led the GCC and MENA at second place followed by Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, respectively. Globally, Ireland surpassed the United States to become the most food-secure country in the index.

Amr El Moniem, UAE Country Manager, DuPont, said: “Overall, GCC countries continue to uphold their commitment to their food security goals and have maintained advantageous positions particularly in ensuring affordability. Globally, these countries also continue to exert efforts to keep up with their ranks at par with leading European nations, which have exacting standards in ensuring food security based on GFSI. However, it is important to further excel and improve performance to hedge against external forces that may affect their ranking.”

The report noted that 60 per cent of the countries evaluated this year have slipped after four years of consecutive gains. Major improvements are required for some countries – including those that are at high risk in MENA as agricultural production in the region is vulnerable to several factors such as depleting freshwater sources, soil erosion, and extreme weather changes. This could prompt countries to increase their dependence on food imports. 

Increasing the capacity of the agriculture sector to cope with environmental challenges is crucial to meet global food security goals, which is part of a global commitment to eliminate hunger by 2030 under the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 2 targets to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. 

The 2017 GFSI added a stand-alone category, which focuses on several environmental factors that could affect food security. The Natural Resources & Resiliency category considers the importance of resource conservation, climate change adaptation, and sustainable agriculture practices. Key factors such as temperature change, land deforestation, and depleting water resources would have an impact on the countries' future performance under the GFSI. The new section maintains the existing GFSI model, and then compares country scores when environmental factors are included.

Amr El Moniem concluded: “Environmental factors are the key challenges in the years ahead and MENA countries should tackle these realities, like all regions facing issues posed by extreme weather conditions such as drought, storms and rising sea levels. Around 90 per cent of inhabitants will live in growing cities across the region, particularly in the GCC. Thus, smart management of energy, water and food resources are crucial to ensuring high living standards and sustainable growth.”



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 7241 times
Posted on : Sunday, October 15, 2017  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : ABCC announces Mercosur-Egypt Free Trade Agreement comes into effect
Next Story : Coffee at the touch of a button with ‘Quespresso'
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
BodyO launches officially its AiPod for a full body check-up during the Gitex Fu...
The World of Aigner Wunderkammer
Halloween “Catwoman” mask using BROW products
Manero Peripheral (43 Mm) Classic Watchmaking Meets State of,the Art Technology
Fifi & Friends - Now available at more outlets across the UAE
BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai introduces 11 new shows with a new line up of performance...
Corum Heritage Eleganza- Dedicated to the stylish woman
Win up to 250,000 Gold coins at Malabar Gold & Diamonds this festive season
With more collections and a more spacious car parking, Kalyan Silks moves to El...
Dubai Shopping Festival Returns With Much-awaited Mega Raffles
Joyalukkas Celebrates the Festival of Light with Irresistible Offers
Michael Kors to Introduce a Special-edition Whitney Handbag for the Middle East
Dubai's newest social hub - Bar Baar introduces ‘Thela Baar Brunch'
Hour Choice presents Coach Park Collection (Suede straps)
Saddle Up With kate spade Fall 2018
Introducing the Nokia 7.1 to the UAE
W Motors and Safe City Group introduce the BEAST PATROL at GITEX: One of the mo...
Sharjah Government pavilion highlights digital transformation of Sharjah at GITE...
Sunglasses Trends for Fall/Winter 2018
Be Thankful with Tub of Butter This Thanksgiving
Scuderia Ferrari Aspire Watch Special Edition Gift Set
CITIZEN Unveils 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Collection
Rado DiaMaster Ceramos Automatic
Toyota's legendary King goes urban with the 2019 Land Cruiser Grand Touring Edition
Sharjah Girl Guides Unleash their Power on International Day of the Girl Child
Nissan to Make Official On-track Formula E Debut
Western Digital powers AI-enabled storage for futuristic surveillance and security
Provacuno - Spain's largest Inter-professional Association introduces Spanish Be...
Dubai Festival City Run 2018 to take place on November 9th
Healthcare leaders sign in Dubai a Call for Action to raise awareness about ‘sil...
HUGO BOSS Watches Jump Collection
Epson Introduces the New A3 and A4 business inkjet aimed at busy workgroups duri...
L'oréal Among the Top 10 of Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index
Daikin eyes significant expansion of business in the UAE
Avivo's Ribbon of Life Walk in support of Breast Cancer on 19th October
Dubai's Jehad Medical Clinic bags JCI for the third time
Neymar Jr. Partners With GaGà Milano as Brand Ambassador
Tissot Bella Ora Round Style incarnate
Synx, Pand.ai, and AIMLedge named winners of startAD's Artificial Intelligence V...
Dubai Business Women Council witnesses 36.5% growth in total membership since th...
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) Honors Union Coop for its ...
Trust Corine de Farme for Sulfate-Free Baby Products
Jeddah Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs' experience in facilitating tra...
FBN Next Generation Lombard Odier Award 2018 champions the next generation of en...
Swiss Chemicals & Building Material Giant “Sika” Expands Operations in UAE with ...
400 UAE residents come together on World Arthritis Day
Roda Al Bustan and Roda Amwaj Suites acclaimed as regional leaders in hospitality
Majid Al Futtaim Celebrates the Grand Opening of Aloft City Centre Deira
Dubai Health Authority showcases its smart services at GITEX 2018.
Nawah Energy Company Establishes World's First Nuclear Language Proficiency Standards