We are delighted to announce that the FoodTech Challenge Awards Ceremony will take place on 17-18 November 2020. At the virtual final event, our 12 finalist teams, selected from 437 submissions from 68 countries around the world, will compete for a chance to win a share of the $1 million FoodTech Challenge prize. There can only be four winners.

The Awards Ceremony will see 12 finalist teams pitch their ideas for a chance to win a share of the $1 million prize fund and the opportunity to join an accelerator programme to help rapidly implement and scale their solutions in the UAE.

Join us on 17 and 18 November for panel discussions led by Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, alongside global agritech experts and other guests. Register on our website, and we will be in touch soon with more updates.

We look fook forward to seeing you there!

Stay fresh,
The FoodTech Challenge Team

Food for Thought

UAE reaffirms support for global efforts aimed at achieving food security

In celebration of World Food Day, the UAE's Minister of State for Food and Water Security, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, commented that the UAE will continue to play a key role in strengthening global cooperation and promoting more sustainable food systems in its efforts to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The UAE's sustainable food plan involves growing rice and developing soil

Food Navigator, Guan Yu Lim

An interview with Jacek Plewa, CEO at Healthy Farm Food Innovation, discussing plant-based foods in the Middle East. Plewa states that while other markets are exploring plant-based meat, egg, cheese and dairy, the Middle East is just beginning to offer plant-based options such as almond milk.

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UK firms moot new sustainable farming partnerships in Abu Dhabi

The National, Nick Webster


The UK is increasingly outsourcing its farming expertise to Middle Eastern countries. Countries like the UAE are investing in agtech innovation to improve food security, and the GCC is increasingly working together with stakeholders in the UK to tackle regional resource scarcity challenges.

UAE firms sign agriculture deals in Israel as pact approved

Reuters, Lisa Barrington & Andrew Heavens

Israeli irrigation company Netafim has announced plans to open an office in the UAE. The deal, in addition to three others, was made during a UAE business delegation visit to Israel. Abu Dhabi-based agriculture firm Al Dahra Holding, whose managing director led the UAE delegation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israeli firm WaterGen’s heat-exchange technology which produces water from air.

Fun Food Facts
All species of tuna are nomadic, which means that they do not spend their entire life in a single place. In 2019, Japanese sushi tycoon Kiyoshi Kimura paid $3.1m for a 278kg bluefin tuna, making it the world's most expensive tuna ever sold. He spent more than twice the previous record of $1.4m, which he paid in 2013.
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