New Dubai vertical farm set to start operations in Q2 2020
December 17, 2019 - by Arabian Business
Dubai Industrial City has announced it will be home to Badia Farms’ upcoming new large-scale high-tech vertical farm. Badia Farms, a regional AgTech leader, said the vertical farm is expected to start operations in the second quarter of 2020. Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, managing director of Dubai Industrial City, and Omar Al Jundi, founder and CEO of Badia Farms, signed an agreement formalising the partnership. Spanning an area of 50,000 sq ft, the facility will have the capacity to produce 3,500kg of high-quality fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
UAE climbs 10 spots on food security index
December 15, 2019 - by Khaleej Times
The UAE has ranked 21st on the Global Food Security Index this year - a 10-place leap from last year's 31st place - reflecting how far the country has come in establishing itself as a world leader in innovation-driven food security. "The UAE's impressive improvement in the Global Food Security Index is a testament to the tremendous progress we have made. This is the result of a team effort from the Food Security Office, government entities, private-sector partners and the community to build an integrated ecosystem that can take concrete steps in the national food security sector," said Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security.
UAE improves 10 places in Global Food Security Index
December 14, 2019 - by WAM
The 10-place leap that the UAE has achieved on the Global Food Security Index, moving from last year’s 31 in the rankings to this year’s 21, reflects the efforts of the UAE government to establish the country as a world leading hub in innovation-driven food security, a top official said. "Our leadership has issued clear and ambitious directives to transform the UAE into a world leading hub in innovation-driven food security with clearly set targets. These include the National Food Security Strategy goals, which are enabling all citizens and residents to have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for an active and healthy life at affordable prices at all times, including emergencies and crises," said Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security.
November 2019 Newsletter
November 1, 2019 - by The FoodTech Challenge Team
Over the course of the last month, we engaged in a number of conferences, workshops, and FoodTech Challenge outreach events around the world and had the chance to listen to creative and cutting-edge ideas to address the world’s food security challenges. Submissions are coming in from all over the globe, and we’re truly inspired by the ambitious, creative, and energetic ideas we’ve received so far.
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 The FoodTech Challenge Team
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.