Majid Al Futtaim – Retail signs MoU with Dubai Municipality to strengthen food security


February 20, 2024 | By RetailME Bureau

Jean-Luc Graziato, Chief Commercial Officer of Majid Al Futtaim – Retail and Alia Al Harmoodi, Acting CEO of the Environment, Health and Safety Agency

Majid Al Futtaim – Retail, which holds the exclusive franchise to operate Carrefour in the UAE, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai Municipality to strengthen food security. Through this strategic partnership both entities aim to ensure sustainable provision of food commodities in Dubai’s local markets and address potential future crises in the sector.

Alia Al Harmoodi, Acting CEO of the Environment, Health and Safety Agency, and Jean-Luc Graziato, Chief Commercial Officer of Majid Al Futtaim – Retail signed the MoU.

Eng. Alia Al Harmoodi highlighted that the MOU is dedicated to establishing a sustainable food system and fostering flexible food supply chains. The goal is to elevate the quality of life in the emirate, aligning with the vision and directives of the wise leadership and the objectives outlined in the Dubai Food Security Strategy, which aims to diversify import sources and concentrate on ensuring the availability of high-nutritional-value goods.

“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. In addition, this data will assist Dubai Municipality in implementing strategies to strengthen food security efforts within the Emirate,” Graziato added.

The MoU outlines the provision of technical requirements for electronic connectivity regarding strategic food commodity data within the food security platform. It encompasses monitoring of challenges and constraints that impact the supply chains of these commodities. Additionally, the agreement includes awareness-raising programmes to promote best practices in support of sustainable food security.

This agreement further aims to improve coordination and proactive communication between both parties in instances where the supply of these food commodities is inadequate or affected. This seeks to enhance decision-making and preparedness to address the risks associated with food security crises and emergencies, further mitigating shortages and enabling expedited responses.

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