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Lettuce from Abu Dhabi vertical farm to go on sale in September

August 24, 2020 - by The National, by Anna Zacharias

Fresh greens produced by Smart Acres, a vertical farm in Abu Dhabi, will go on sale for the first time in September. The vegetables are grown under LED lights in nutrient-rich water instead of soil.

How COVID-19 is transforming grocery e-commerce in Dubai

August 18, 2020 - by CNN, by Victoria Brown

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the pace of change in the UAE's grocery e-commerce sector. Romain Olliver, the co-founder of Farmbox, a Dubai-based food delivery service, discusses the company's tenfold increase in orders as more customers shop online.

Forum highlights woman's role in agricultural entrepreneurship

July 21, 2020 - by Gulf Today

Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE’s Minister of State for Food and Water Security, officially opened the "Agricultural Entrepreneurship Forum" organised by the Ajman Business Women Council.

iFarm, Palm Co. win 'The CovHack Virtual Innovation Challenge' on circular food economy

July 21, 2020 - by WAM, by Hassan Bashir & Mohd Aamir

Innovate4Good (I4G), a platform for the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem, has announced the winners of The CovHack Virtual Innovation Challenge. iFarm and Palm Co. won the Startup and Team Challenge categories, respectively.

Fazenda Futuro enters the UAE, increases production capacity from 115 to 600 tons per month

July 16, 2020 - by Vegconomist

Brazilian food tech company Fazenda Futuro, also known as ‘Future Farm’, is now distributing its burgers in the UAE. To meet the demand in the UAE, Future Farm has expanded its production capacity from 115 to 600 tons per month.

Regional experts gather to address food security challenge in the MENA region

July 5, 2020 - by Logistics Middle East

A regional virtual conference addressing the challenge of food security in the Middle East region took place in Dubai to discuss the latest trends in agriculture and the opportunities in improving the quality of domestic production.

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Panel of expert judges announced for the FoodTech Challenge

December 15, 2019

UAE Office of State for Food Security and Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi-based company mandated to deliver projects to meet the UAE’s vision of knowledgebased development, are pleased to announce the appointment of thirteen UAE-based and international expert judges selected across research, academia, industry, and policy. The final awards ceremony will take place at NYU Abu Dhabi in April 2020, and will also feature Danielle Nierenberg, Co-Founder and President of FoodTank and David Rosenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of AeroFarms as part of the judging panel.

FoodTech Challenge introduced to UAE University students

November 27, 2019

As part of the roadshow to raise awareness for the recently unveiled FoodTech Challenge, a student workshop was hosted at the UAE University (UAEU). Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – the FoodTech Challenge is an initiative of the UAE Office of State for Food Security in partnership with Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi-based company mandated to deliver projects to meet the UAE’s vision of knowledge-based development.

The UAE Calls for Innovative Ideas in Finding Solutions to Global Food Security Challenges

October 16, 2019

On the occasion of World Food Day, marked at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister for State for Food Security, spoke to the significance of global food security challenges and their impact on future generations. Appealing to university students, early-stage start-ups and tech incubators in advanced urban farming markets from around the world, the Minister revealed plans by the UAE government to foster international collaboration to find innovative solutions across the food value chain through an open call-for-submissions to the “FoodTech Challenge.”

UAE Government Opens Registration for Global FoodTech Challenge today

September 23, 2019

The UAE Government today opened registration for the FoodTech Challenge today – an innovation-based food production contest launched recently by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Organized by the Food Security Office, in partnership with Tamkeen, applications to the competition can be submitted through www.foodtechchallenge.com.