The “Ne’ma Food Loss and Waste Reduction Roadmap,” a comprehensive action plan aimed at cutting food loss and waste in the nation by 50% by 2030, was unveiled on Sunday by Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, the UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
The fourth National Dialogue on Food Security, with the topic “Call for Change: Reducing Food Loss and Waste in the UAE,” was hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in collaboration with Ne’ma, the National Food Loss and Waste Initiative. At the dialogue, the roadmap was unveiled.
With a focus on enlisting the public and business sectors as well as the larger community to modify current consumption habits, the discussions centered on identifying problems and potential solutions as well as mapping hotspots of food loss and waste, systemic gaps, and best practices.
“With only a few days away from our nation hosting COP28, this event underlines the strong commitment of the UAE in addressing all sectors that have a defining role in addressing the impact of climate change,” Almheiri said in announcing the strategic roadmap. Furthermore, food and agricultural systems are crucial in this context, particularly as food loss and waste represent one of the main issues that mankind has to prioritize resolving.