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Panel Of Expert Judges Announced For The FoodTech Challenge

December 18, 2019 - by UAE News 247

Panel of expert judges announced for the FoodTech Challenge UAE Office of State for Food Security and Tamkeen selected the panel of judges for the FoodTech Challenge based on their business, scientific and policy backgrounds. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 December 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 knowledge-based 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.

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.