Secretary Vilsack to Discuss Climate Change on Trade Mission to Dubai

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From February 18-22, United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to lead a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and host events focused on the United States’ commitment to working with international partners to address climate change.

Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley kicked off the trade mission, with events beginning February 16. The secretary will join the trade mission delegation from February 19. The administrator and secretary will be joined by representatives of nearly 40 US agribusiness companies, agricultural groups and state departments of agriculture seeking to exploit new export opportunities. The UAE is a consistent annual importer of $1 billion+ US agricultural products, with US agricultural exports to the market exceeding $1.1 billion in 2021, a 17.8% increase from the previous year.

On February 21, Secretary Vilsack will visit Expo Dubai 2020 and co-chair the first Agriculture Climate Innovation Mission (AIM for the climate) Ministerial meeting. Secretary Vilsack will also participate in a fireside chat with the Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates, Mariam Almheiri, as part of the Expo 2020 Business Forum on Food, agriculture and livelihoods. The United States and the United Arab Emirates officially launched AIM for Climate in November 2021 during COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The initiative has grown to include more than 140 governmental and non-governmental partners, including international organizations, research institutes and businesses.

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