The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and Majid Al Futtaim Retail, operator of Carrefour in the UAE, renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote and retail locally grown agricultural products across all Carrefour stores in the UAE for the third consecutive year.
His Excellency Sultan Alwan, Assistant Undersecretary of the Regions Sector at MOCCAE, and Philippe Peguilhan, Country Manager of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, signed the agreement.
Under the terms of the MoU, Majid Al Futtaim Retail is tasked with hand picking local suppliers for its Carrefour stores following stringent safety and hygiene audits, particularly for food commodities. The company will also review the businesses of its suppliers every six months and organize training to raise their awareness of the market needs.
His Excellency Sultan Alwan said: “Strengthening markets for locally grown food products motivates farmers in the UAE to contribute to improving the food supply through engaging in commercial agriculture and embracing modern cultivation practices. Such steps are crucial to ensure the long-term food security in the UAE.”
He added: “The MoU with Majid Al Futtaim Retail reaffirms the key role of the private sector in sustaining local agricultural production. The continued partnership is in line with our ongoing efforts to develop the market for local produce, in addition to training local farmers on the latest cultivation techniques and providing them with agricultural input subsidies.”
For his part, Philippe Peguilhan said: “We are proud to partner with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment for the third consecutive year in keeping with our efforts to support the agricultural industry in the UAE. We want local farmers to know that if they grow it, we’ll buy it, benefiting not only the environment but our customers as well, who are increasingly keen to lead farm-to-table lifestyles.”
Source: APCO Worldwide