The American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Arada, a prominent real estate company in the UAE, have launched the Manbat farmers' market on campus to support the UAE's National Food Security Strategy 2051 in an era of increasing global challenges.
The weekly market will bring fresh, locally grown produce to the AUS community and connect students, faculty and staff directly to the farmers who produce their food, emphasising the importance of sustainable living.
Dr. Susan Mumm, Chancellor of AUS, said, "By uniting local vendors and our community, we're not only championing healthier food choices but also nurturing a sense of collective stewardship for our environment. This initiative is a testament to our dedication to promoting sustainability and aligning with the UAE's comprehensive approach to ensuring a sustainable and self-sufficient food system."
"We're delighted to bring the Manbat farmers' market to AUS, which is another step in Arada's longstanding partnership with one of the Gulf's most prestigious educational institutions. By introducing the freshest and most nutritious products to market, we aim to convince local buyers that 100% home-grown ingredients not only boost the UAE's long-term food security but are also great for the environment and your health," said Dr. Ray Tinston, Managing Director of Manbat and Director at Arada.
The Manbat Market underscores AUS' pledge to shape a greener, more interconnected future. As the AUS community connects directly with local farmers and revels in fresh, locally sourced produce, this initiative also underscores AUS readiness for the Conference of the Parties 28 (COP28) and the collective impact of embracing locally grown products in reducing carbon footprints.
The Manbat market will take place every Thursday at AUS from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.