Could Australian Farmers Help Reduce Chronic Disease in the Middle East?

Australian farmers could hold the key to providing the safe and healthy resources needed to combat disease in the Middle East.
November 24, 2015

At this point in time, reports suggest that countries throughout the Middle East are in the midst of a significant struggle with lifestyle-related diseases.

Fortunately, agricultural businesses and farmers in Australia could potentially provide the healthy and safe resources that these countries need - provided that exporters are willing to trade.

Australian Food is Just What the Doctor Ordered

According to a 2014 report published in the medical journal "Lancet", although life expectancies in the Middle East are starting to increase, so are the rates of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

The Australian-Arab Chamber of Commerce in the United Arab Emirates believes this situation has placed Australia in a fantastic position for growth if they are willing to export foods to the Middle East. Right now, Australia is in a highly regarded position, particularly because of the strict regulation surrounding manufacturing and selling beverage and food products, as well as governing food safety.

The Problem with Australian Exports

Unfortunately, issues arise if Australian farmers and agricultural businesses regard the Middle East region with significant caution. The reason for this is that they believe the area has a reputation as an unstable and dangerous region.

These fears have meant that many Australian exporters feel uncomfortable selling to Middle Eastern and Asian markets, deciding to export to safer locations instead.

Can Australia Save the Middle East?

In spite of this, it's safe to say that Australian food can still play a significant part in the health and growth of the Middle East - particularly because the markets that can afford to find the healthiest foods will look to Australia in the search for quality.

While Australia has a great deal to offer impoverished countries and countries suffering from illness, disease, and other major problems, benefits can only be accessed if agricultural exports are willing to export.