Cooked up for climate, UAE's high-tech food plan pays off in pandemic

May 27, 2020 - by Reuters, Rabiya Jaffery

ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the past four years, the United Arab Emirates has grown a small but rising share of its own organic tomatoes, aiming to shore up food security in an import-dependent desert country. The effort - part of a broader push to produce more home-grown food amid fears climate change could trigger instability in the global food trade - started after the country was hit by food export bans during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Coronavirus: UAE steps up local production and trade partnerships amid outbreak

May 19, 2020 - by Al Khaleej, Nick Webster

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - New trade partnerships and a greater focus on local farming are just some of the measures being taken by the UAE to avoid a food security crisis amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The pandemic has affected shipping and production worldwide as countries restricted movement and economic activity to limit the spread of the virus.

Abu Dhabi attracts four agri-tech companies with $100m investment

April 9, 2020 - by The National

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (Adio) has invested $100 million (Dh367m) to bring four agriculture technology companies to the emirate as part of government efforts to attract high-skilled talent and cutting-edge research. Adio partnered with AeroFarms, Madar Farms, RNZ and RDI to build agri-tech research and development (R&D) facilities and production centres in Abu Dhabi, it said on Thursday. Their aim is to explore how arid-climate countries can benefit from these technologies.

April 2020 Newsletter

April 1, 2020 - by The FoodTech Challenge Team

The world has changed drastically in a few short months. Global disruptions caused by the coronavirus has impacted almost all aspects of living, and The FoodTech Challenge is no exception. Still, our resilience as a global community is strong, and the purpose behind our work has never become more urgent. We are inspired by the promise of your ideas, and we look forward to working with our finalists to develop these solutions further.

March 2020 Newsletter

March 1, 2020 - by The FoodTech Challenge Team

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.

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 finalist teams by mid-March.

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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