The Emirates Red Crescent has signed a partnership with the National Food Waste Initiative (Ne’ma) to reduce food waste in the UAE.

The agreement outlines that the two organisations will work together to collect food surplus from restaurants, food outlets and the hospitality sector to redistribute it to the less fortunate.

It will also build on the work they have been carrying out to redistribute food surplus to disadvantaged families.

The initiative will contribute towards achieving the UAE’s target of reducing food waste by 50 percent by 2030, Abu Dhabi Media Office said on Thursday.

The agreement was signed by Ahmed Taleb Al Shamsi, chief executive of Emirates Foundation on behalf of Ne’ma, and Hamoud Abdullah Al Junaibi, Secretary General of Emirates Red Crescent.

The partnership will support the national strategy to cut food waste, as well as build on the work of ERC’s Hefth Al Nema project and Ne’ma’s National Food Rescue Working Group, to redistribute food surplus to disadvantaged families.