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.
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.