October 2020 Newsletter

October 31, 2020 - by The FoodTech Challenge Team

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

October 21, 2020 - by Food Navigator Asia, by 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.

UK firms moot new sustainable farming partnerships in Abu Dhabi

October 20, 2020 - by The National, by 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

October 19, 2020 - by Reuters, by 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.

UAE reaffirms support for global efforts aimed at achieving food security

October 15, 2020 - by Zenuzz

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.

Nearly 200 of the world's biggest food suppliers pledge to halve their food waste

September 23, 2020 - by Washington Post, by Emily Heil

Close to 200 food suppliers have pledged to cut their food waste in half by 2030. Major companies including Unilever, PepsiCo and Nestle Global have joined the 10x20x30 initiative, a global effort to slash the staggering amount of food that is discarded every year.