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Abu Dhabi develops integrated food security and agriculture data platform – News

The platform will feature an integrated dashboard to monitor local, regional and global food security situations



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Published: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 12:03

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Security Authority (ADAFSA) has launched a strategic project to develop an integrated food security and agriculture data platform. This in collaboration with actors from the public and private sectors.

According to the authorities, the platform will provide access to accurate, comprehensive and integrated data for Abu Dhabi’s agriculture and food sector to inform decision-making using data governance best practices.

Saeed Al Bahri Alameri, Director General of ADAFSA, said the data platform is a step towards achieving ADAFSA’s priorities to ensure food availability and safety and promote sustainable agricultural development. in Abu Dhabi.

“The platform supports the development of a sustainable, flexible and integrated food system supported by a rapid response system, to effectively address food and biosecurity risks, thereby increasing the competitiveness of local products,” Alameri added.

According to Alameri, the data platform will feature an integrated dashboard to monitor local, regional and global food security situations, which helps decision-makers respond to food, livestock and agricultural emergencies, take early action to prevent disruptions in the supply chain and to avoid any potential food hazards.

“The platform will cover all agricultural and food sector data in Abu Dhabi and some relevant data at federal and global levels. Therefore, the platform will provide comprehensive information on agricultural production, trade, logistics, l environment, weather, biosecurity and food security, which furthers Abu Dhabi’s position in this important sector,” he said.

Alameri further noted that data fragmentation and the lack of a clear data governance model prevent the provision of the information needed to predict threats and develop contingency plans. He expressed his appreciation for the public and private entities collaborating with ADAFSA in the development of the platform, stressing the importance of their future role in providing accurate and comprehensive data for the sector.

The data platform will collect and monitor all agriculture and food security data. This includes data related to local agricultural production, trade, investments, future production, levels of strategic food reserves, food losses and food waste rates along the value chain. The platform will also monitor livestock and plant health data, pest control programs, and vaccination programs for communicable and zoonotic diseases.

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The platform will provide up-to-date data, analytical reports and forecasts to help address food security and biosecurity challenges based on actionable information.

In addition, it will provide scientific forecasts on food production, consumption, supply and demand. This will allow for accurate analysis of self-sufficiency levels by comparing local production to consumption, monitoring strategic food reserves, and analyzing price trends for major domestic and global commodities and the level of food import dependency for each item.

According to officials, the platform also includes an alert system for local, regional and global food risks, helping decision-makers develop the plans needed to deal with normal and abnormal conditions. alerts will be activated if there are changes in global or local commodity prices, production levels, weather conditions and diseases affecting the availability of local or global supplies.

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