Being a French national, currently leaving in UAE, I noticed that both have very distinct approach on sustainability and food security (their geographical, social and economical context being so different) so I thought it would be a good idea to compare them.

In France, several policies and mechanisms contribute to sustainability and food security. The country emphasises sustainable agricultural practices, by promoting organic farming, and supports local food production (example of the initiative "Paysans de Nature" program). France also implements policies to reduce food waste, such as the law banning supermarkets from throwing away unsold food, instead they have to resell to distributor or donate to charity/foodbank.

In the UAE, I would believe food security is a priority as most of the country rely on food imports. The country has established the Emirates Food Security Council abut they are also trying to increase their domestic food production investing in farming : by doing cloud seeding, investing in technologic farming (vertical farming, hydroponics...)  despite limited water resources, it is part of the UAE food security law of 2017. There is also aquaculture regulations, control of the food import, food waste reduction initiatives...

I would say that while both countries have made efforts towards sustainability and food security, France's focus is on local and organic food production, the UAE prioritises innovative technologies to reduce dependence on imports.Improvements can be made in both countries, for example in France, it would be good to strengthen support for small farmers and facilitating their access to markets. In the UAE, efforts can be made in investing in renewable energy for agricultural operations. It is interesting to see that some practices could be imported from one country to the other. France can learn from the UAE's very advanced agricultural technologies/innovative farming practices; and the UAE can benefit from France's knowledge on organic farming, sustainable agricultural practices, and local food systems.

It is interesting to see that some practices could be imported from one country to the other. France can learn from the UAE's very advanced agricultural technologies/innovative farming practices; and the UAE can benefit from France's knowledge on organic farming, sustainable agricultural practices, and local food systems. Exchange of knowledge and best practices through bilateral cooperation and partnerships can facilitate this cross-pollination of ideas.International, multi-sectoral cooperation is possible and essential for addressing global challenges like sustainability and food security. 

This is only food for thought ;) 

Let me know yours,


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