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Why sustainable agriculture matters

October 6, 2019 - by Gulf News

Sustainable agriculture is at the heart of the comprehensive food security strategies of many nations today as they seek to eliminate hunger within their respective territories, while at the same time ensuring they protect the environment. This practice focuses on providing a sufficient supply of nutritious food to the citizens without adding further pressures on natural resources in the face of exponentially booming populations.

October 2019 Newsletter

October 1, 2019 - by FoodTech

It has been an exciting first month for the FoodTech Challenge! We have been hard at work promoting the competition around the world to connect with bright minds like you to join the $1 million challenge in finding innovative solutions for a more foodsecure world. We launched the FoodTech Challenge in Dubai and attended the 46th Session on the Committee on World Food Security in Rome, Italy. During these events, our team connected with various leaders in agriculture, technology, education, and government to invite their students and start-ups to join the competition.

UAE minister says nation's youth can be inspired by Greta Thunberg

September 24, 2019 - by The National

A UAE minister called on the nation's youth to draw inspiration from climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg to drive efforts to safeguard food supplies. Speaking at the launch of a $1 million (Dh3.67m) Global Food Technology Challenge in Dubai, Mariam Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security, urged young people to lead the way towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The competition is challenging participants to come up with new ideas to solve sustainability problems facing the Emirates in the near future. Entrants are encouraged to use advanced technologies and techniques to overcome problems faced by the agricultural sector to achieve sustainable food production in the UAE.

Ruler of Dubai launches $1 million Global Food Technology Challenge

September 24, 2019 - by The National

The Ruler of Dubai has announced a $1 million (Dh3.8m) prize fund for innovative solutions to food production in the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said the competition aimed to address mounting challenges to the agricultural sector by creating new, cutting-edge technologies. Sustainable food production in the Emirates has been a major focus over recent years as the country seeks to lessen its reliance on imports. The UAE currently brings in about 90 per cent of its food requirements, although practices such as vertical farming and hydroponics are reducing this dependence.

Registration for UAE’s $1 million food challenge begins

September 24, 2019 - by Gulf News

The UAE Government on Tuesday opened registration for the Foodtech Challenge, an innovation-based food production contest launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is being organised by the Food Security Office, in partnership with Tamkeen. With awards valued at $ 1 million, the challenge aims to motivate creative minds in the UAE and the world to innovate new initiatives in the agriculture and food security fields. It also aims to develop the UAE’s production capacity by utilising the latest technological solutions and enhancing research and development (R&D) capacity to achieve the National Food Security Strategy targets.

UAE launches $1 million Food Technology Challenge

September 23, 2019 - by Gulf News

Dubai A $1 million Food Technology Challenge has been launched to achieve food security in the UAE, turning it into a leading global hub for food security. The seven-month Food Technology Challenge, the world’s largest food security programme, was launched yesterday (Monday) by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The $1 million prize will be given to four winners who will find solutions to the agricultural and food sectors through food value chains. The winners will be announced in April 2020.

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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.

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