Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has won four international awards for excellence in 2023 from global institutions that evaluate operational projects and honour outstanding institutions in various fields, including agriculture, food safety, food security, technology and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

ADAFSA’s Agriculture and Food Security Data Platform project won the Artificial Intelligence Enabled Solution Award, under the IT category, from ICMG, a global integrated ratings programme for business and information technology engineering, and architecture. The Agriculture and Food Security Data Platform is an integrated electronic platform aimed at providing the main indicators of agricultural sustainability, biosecurity and food investment, supported by artificial intelligence algorithms necessary to support decision-making on agricultural and food security issues at local and regional levels.

ADAFSA also won the Excellence, Innovation and Total Quality Award, from the Bizz Awards, which recognises global business excellence. ADAFSA was honoured for excellence and innovation in leadership, service quality, management systems and business results.

As a culmination of ADAFSA's efforts in CSR, the Auwn Programme for Social Engagement received two international awards from entities specialising in honouring institutions that offer outstanding social responsibility programmes and initiatives. ADAFSA received the International Excellence Award in Social Responsibility from The Green Organization, and was also announced winner in the Outstanding Community Initiative category at the Global Business Excellence Awards.

The Auwn programme embodies the vision of the Abu Dhabi Government to affirm the spirit of brotherhood, cooperation and social cohesion that should prevail in the UAE community. The authority launched Auwn to enable its employees to play an active role in community development outside the traditional framework, especially in helping and supporting the most vulnerable groups in society, such as People of Determination, the sick, the elderly, and the poor, in addition to establishing a CSR culture, providing opportunities to develop humanitarian and community campaigns and initiatives, and participating in volunteer programmes that support the environment and society.

Her Excellency Mouza Suhail Al Muhairi, Deputy Director-General for Regulatory and Administrative Affairs at ADAFSA, said: “ADAFSA is always looking to innovate and use the latest technologies to improve the quality of its products and services, and promote sustainability in the agriculture and food security sector in Abu Dhabi.

“ADAFSA winning international awards for excellence in agriculture and food security reflects its commitment to excellence and global leadership in food security.”

Her Excellency said the Agriculture and Food Security Data Platform serves many government and private institutions, and supports the strategic decisions needed to improve the agriculture and food security sector, including identifying suitable agricultural land, developing agricultural plans, monitoring prices and ensuring food safety.

Her Excellency also highlighted that the Auwn Programme for Social Engagement is one of ADAFSA's strategic initiatives to support its responsibility to the local community. Since the launch of the programme, more than 130 community events have been organised and more than 114 families have been supported. The programme has also participated in community and environmental development initiatives and supported SMEs in the agricultural and food safety sectors.

ADAFSA is one of the first Abu Dhabi Government entities to launch a dedicated CSR programme in the emirate.