In light of ongoing COVID-19 developments and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants, judges, partners, attendees, and staff, the FoodTech Challenge will be postponing the Final Awards Ceremony to 14-16 September 2020*. The decision follows careful consultation with our partners and UAE public health authorities.

Now more than ever, food security is an urgent issue that requires a swift global response. We in the FoodTech Challenge Team understand this urgency and are hard at work in achieving a more food-secure world with you. We have evaluated your competition submissions and have selected the Top 10 finalists, which will be announced in our channels soon.

In the upcoming months, our website, newsletter, and social media will provide you with information about various opportunities available in the UAE, including seed funding, loans & grants, startup enablers, and R&D institutions. We are happy to facilitate your engagement with our partner entities that provide these opportunities. We are open to your ideas, so please reach out to us if you have any suggestions.

We would like to thank all those involved in the FoodTech Challenge for their engagement and support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team should you have any questions and we look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi in September.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay fresh,
The FoodTech Challenge Team

*Note: These dates are subject to change


Food for Thought

UAE presents its food security agenda at G20 Riyadh Summit

Piece highlighting the UAE’s participation in the virtual G20 Riyadh Summit.
The UAE presented its food security agenda at the summit and showcased its commitment to supporting a sustainable global balance. The article reported that global media coverage of the event highlighted food security as one of the world’s major economic and humanitarian challenges, and noted that the UAE recently achieved a 10-place leap on the Global Food Security Index, moving from being ranked 31st in 2018 to 21st in 2019.

Keeping food and agricultural systems alive - Analyses and solutions in a period of crises - COVID-19 Pandemic

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

COVID-19 has disrupted food systems around the world. Timely and credible information is imperative in avoiding reactions that can aggravate these disruptions. In order to provide such information, FAO analyzed past experiences and provides a compilation of policy responses with their pros and cons for agricultural and food systems.

Emirates Food Security Council holds remote meeting, discusses developments in local, global food security

Emirates News Agency

The Emirates Food Security Council held a remote meeting to discuss the latest developments in the local and international food security ecosystem and supply chain, and assess its readiness to keep up with the rapid transformations sweeping across various markets, affecting the movement of food products.

Covid-19: The re-shaping of supply chains and why the UAE is ready for it

Arabian Business, by Sean Dennis


Piece covering the importance of technological adaptability to safeguard the food industry amidst the current global challenges.

How to minimize the impact of Coronavirus on food security

World Food Programme Insight,
by Simona Beltrami


Avoiding protectionism, monitoring prices and supporting the vulnerable through social safety nets can limit the impact of COVID-19 outbreak.

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Fun Food Facts
Food in space is unique

In preparation for his 8-day trip to the International Space Station, Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut in space, tried over 200 types of halal food. The Space Food Laboratory specifically prepared these foods to adapt to a non-gravitational environment.

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