February 2020 Newsletter
February 29, 2020 - by The FoodTech Challenge Team
We are thrilled to announce that we have received over 400 submissions to the FoodTech Challenge! Coming from over 60 countries; our applicants are students, entrepreneurs, and scientists with incredible and innovative ideas to enhance the UAE’s food security. Our expert panel of judges are currently evaluating submissions and we will notify the top 10 finalist teams by mid-March.
Seeking Innovative Ideas to Global Food Security Challenge
February 13, 2020 - by Pro Chef Middle East
The 48th edition of The Pro Chef Middle East magazine is here! In light of Gulfood 2020 kicking off today, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest event on the GCC’s F&B calendar. Inside, you’ll find discussions with industry professionals to watch out for at this year’s show, plus insider intel and stands to watch at the week-long event.
First-Mover Advantage: H.E. Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister Of State For Food Security
February 10, 2020 - by Entrepreneur Middle East
Over the course of my conversation with H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri at Emirates Towers in Dubai in January, there were a few traits about the UAE Minister of State for Food Security that especially stood out. For starters, Almheiri has an extremely amiable personality. Besides putting me at ease almost as soon as I met her, this resulted in a free-flowing conversation that had her sharing not just facts and figures relating to the UAE Food Security Office that she leads, but also a lot of personal insights and anecdotes from her life and career so far. Indeed, it became quite apparent that Almheiri’s investment in the work that she does today has been largely driven by the values and principles that her parents had inculcated in her from a young age.
The FoodTech Challenge and Careers in Sustainability
February 7, 2020 - by Sustainability Defined
"How do I get started with a career in sustainability?" "Do I need a master's degree to advance within the field?" "What if you really love the company you work for, but they don’t have an opportunity to work in sustainability (and get paid for it)?" Pursuing a career in sustainability can seem as tough as defining sustainability in the first place. Fret not, dear listeners! We collected your questions and crafted an episode dedicated to exploring the landscape of jobs in sustainability. Join us as we break down the market for sustainability jobs, relate our own experiences in the field, and share tons of resources for sustainability job hunters. We also connect with Trish Kenlon, Founder of Sustainable Career Pathways, to learn more about specific strategies to land that dream green job.
It’s time to get real serious about food
February 2, 2020 - by Gulf News
In 1996, representatives of 185 countries attending the World Food Summit in Rome made a commitment to eradicate global hunger. Yet, almost 25 years later more than 820 million people remain chronically hungry... and over 2 billion more experience moderate to severe food insecurity. This includes 8 per cent of the population of North America and Europe.
UAE’s Food Waste Pledge and Winnow Tackle US$4 Billion Problem
February 1, 2020 - by FoodTank
Through a nationwide Food Waste Pledge, the United Arab Emirates recovered nearly 2 million meals in 2019—and plans to recover 3 million meals in 2020. An initiative of UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), the pledge calls on the hospitality sector to adopt waste-saving and efficient food production practices. According to the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition’s Food Sustainability Index, the UAE ranked 22 out of 25 Gulf Region countries for food waste, with each citizen contributing 197 kilograms (434 pounds) of food waste each year. In the UAE, the hospitality sector is credited with over 32 percent of all food waste.