(MENAFN - Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA)) SÃ£o Paulo â€' United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri had meetings with Brazilian authorities in BrasÃlia this Thursday (3). Alongside UAE ambassador Hafsa Al Ulama, she convened with Brazil's incoming Agriculture minister Tereza Cristina, foreign minister Ernesto AraÃºjo and Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa) chairman SebastiÃ£o Barbosa and other board members.
Mariam Almheiri (L) and Tereza Cristina
The UAE ambassador to BrasÃlia said on her Twitter account that the meeting with Tereza Cristina covered partnerships in cooperation and food security â€' a crucial matter for the predominantly desert country which relies heavily on food imports.
As per an Embrapa press release, agriculture accounts for a measly 0.7% of the UAE's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while in Brazil that rate is 23%.
The Embrapa executives told Almheiri about the key role played by scientific research in advancing Brazilian agriculture and livestock farming. As a case in point she mentioned the poultry industry, which saw 59-fold growth over four decades. The Middle East is currently the biggest market for poultry from Brazil.