ABU DHABI -- The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has launched a strategic project to develop an integrated food security and agricultural data platform, in collaboration with stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
The platform will provide access to accurate, comprehensive and integrated data for the agricultural and food sector in Abu Dhabi, to inform decision-making using the best data governance practices.
In this regard, Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director-General of ADAFSA, said the data platform is a step forward to achieving ADAFSA’s priorities towards ensuring food availability, safety and promoting sustainable agricultural development in Abu Dhabi.
"The platform supports developing a sustainable, flexible and integrated food system supported by a rapid response system, to effectively address food and biosecurity risks, thus increasing the competitiveness of local products," Al Ameri added.
According to Al Ameri, the data platform will feature an integrated dashboard to monitor local, regional and global food security situation, which supports decision-makers respond to food, livestock and agricultural emergencies, take early action to prevent supply chain disruptions, and avoid any potential food risks.
"The platform will cover all data of the agricultural and food sector in Abu Dhabi, along with some relevant data at the federal and global levels. Therefore, the platform will provide comprehensive insights about agricultural production, trade, logistics, environment, weather, biosecurity and food safety, which promotes Abu Dhabi’s position in this important sector," he stated.
Al Ameri further noted that data fragmentation and the lack of a clear model for data governance preclude the provision of the needed information to predict threats and develop plans for emergencies. He expressed appreciation for the public and private entities that are collaborating with ADAFSA in developing 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 data related to agriculture and food security. This includes data related to local agricultural production, trade, investment, future production, levels of strategic food reserves, food loss and waste rates throughout the value chain. Additionally, the platform will also monitor data on livestock and plant health, pest control programmes, and vaccination programmes against communicable and zoonotic diseases.
The platform will deliver updated data, analytical reports and forecasts, to help address food and biosecurity challenges based on actionable insights.
Furthermore, it will deliver scientific forecasts on production, consumption, supply and demand for food commodities. This will enable conducting accurate analysis of self-sufficiency levels by comparing local production to consumption, monitoring the strategic food reserves, and analysing price tendencies of major domestic and global products along with level of dependence on food imports for each item.
The platform also features an alert system for local, regional and global food risks, supporting decision-makers develop the needed plans to address normal and abnormal conditions. The alerts will be activated if there are any changes to global or local product prices, production levels, weather conditions and diseases affecting the availability of local or global supplies.