View of Dome and Pavilion at the Expo City in
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Dubai Municipality and Majid Al Futtaim– Retail, which holds an exclusive franchise of French retail giant Carrefour in the UAE, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to ensure a sustainable food supply chain in Dubai's local markets.

This MoU will support advancing food security measures while addressing potential crises in the food sector. It will allow Dubai Municipality to support Majid Al Futtaim – Retail in strengthening Dubai's supply chain's flexibility, readiness, and preparedness to address several potential challenges and crises.

Acting CEO of the Environment, Health, and Safety Agency Alia Al Harmoodi and Chief Commercial Officer of Majid Al-Futtaim -Retail Jean-Luc Graziato signed the MoU during the Gulfood Exhibition, which is being held from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The MoU aims to achieve sustainable food system and fostering flexible food supply chains and is in line with the Dubai Food Security Strategy, which intends to diversify import sources and ensure the availability of high-nutritional-value goods.

"This will be achieved through efficient coordination and sharing of strategic food commodity data on the Food Security Platform," Al Harmoodi said, WAM reported. "The objective is to ensure that all members of society have access to healthy, safe, nutritious, and affordable food, even in times of crisis and emergencies."

Chief Commercial Officer of Majid Al-Futtaim - Retail, on the other hand, said that the retail company values food security a lot as it is a key component of sustainability strategy, adding that the entity is delighted to collaborate with Dubai Municipality as now, they can create more sustainable, healthier, and safer future for their valued customers.

"This agreement will help enhance Carrefour's leading position as a key provider of essential products in the UAE. Our data accurately represents consumer needs and preferences, supporting our future vision to provide better customer service," Graziato said.

He added, "This data will assist Dubai Municipality in implementing strategies to strengthen food security efforts within the Emirate."

The MoU will also help to improve the coordination and proactive communication between both entities, enhancing the decision-making and preparedness to deal with risks associated with food security crises and emergencies.