Minister of State for Food and Water Security reaffirms UAE's commitment to UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

September 12, 2020 - by WAM, by Hatem Mohamed

H.E. Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, was a guest speaker at a virtual meeting of G20 food and agriculture ministers focusing on food and water security concerns during and post-COVID-19.

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

September 11, 2020 - by Euronews, by Daleen Hassan, Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham and Salim Essaid

Khalifa University is in the process of developing an artificial soil that is made up of almost 90% desert sand with the aim of using it locally and eventually regionally by farmers. Scientists are hopeful that this soil will transform the crop sector in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi launches new open data platform to improve public services

September 8, 2020 - by The National

Abu Dhabi Open Data, an open data platform, has been launched by the Department of Government Support in partnership with 23 other government entities, aiming to facilitate the exchange of more than 550 data sets across agriculture, environment, health, transportation, energy, and technology.

September 2020 Newsletter

September 1, 2020 - by The FoodTech Challenge Team

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments, the FoodTech Challenge Awards Ceremony will be rescheduled to late November and we are in the process of finalizing the dates. We will update you as soon as these are confirmed, and we very much appreciate your patience. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants, judges, partners, attendees and staff, the awards ceremony will be held as a virtual event. This decision was made after careful consultation with our partners and UAE public health authorities.

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.

Paris: 'World's largest urban rooftop farm' in progress

August 23, 2020 - by BBC, by Daniel South & Lisa Louis

Paris is transforming roofs and abandoned urban areas into green spaces in an effort to be a global model for sustainable production. The project will be the world's largest urban rooftop vertical farm, built in the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.