ABU DHABI / WAM
Mehdi Al Idrissi, the FAO Representative in the UAE and Sub-regional Coordinator for the GCC and Yemen, has commended the role of the UAE in promoting food security locally, regionally and globally.
He praised the country’s efforts in strengthening the role of the United Nations and international organisations in general and FAO in particular.
Idrissi told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement that the UAE’s effort in the field of agriculture “is an excellent example,” stressing that the UAE’s hosting of FAO office in Abu Dhabi, which also represents the GCC and Yemen, comes within the framework of strengthening its position as a regional and world hub in various fields of sustainable development.
About the role of the FAO office, he explained that the organisation’s office meets the technical requirements of the GCC countries and Yemen in areas of environment, water, agriculture, fisheries, animal, food safety and agricultural investments, in addition to the rehabilitation of national cadres, through a team of international experts.
Idrissi added that FAO contributes to providing benefits and agricultural services as well as necessary support to forests and fisheries’ sectors in a sustainable manner to actively eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition around the world.
He noted that FAO takes interest in the UAE’s efforts to tackle challenges of providing food and water, pointing out that the organisation is working through partnerships with the UAE
institutions to push forward development and progress with its counterparts in developing countries.