We aim to promote sustainability practices through the application of our technology to agriculture produce. Dr. Afifi has been awarded many distinctions throughout her career. An interview with Jacek Plewa, CEO at Healthy Farm Food Innovation, discussing plant-based foods in the Middle East. In celebration of World Food Day, the UAE's Minister of State for Food and Water Security, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, commented that the UAE will continue to play a key role in strengthening global cooperation and promoting more sustainable food systems in its efforts to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. in Animal Husbandry from Mexico. Ms. Semedo has previously been an FAO Representative in Niger; Deputy Regional Representative for Africa; Sub-regional Coordinator for West Africa; Cape Verde Secretary of State for Fisheries; Minister for Fisheries, Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Minister for Tourism, Transportation and Marine Affairs and her country's first female Member of Parliament. Omar holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and MBA from the University of Miami. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when we start accepting submissions. Cinar obtained his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville, as well as his MSc in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Studying a variety of methods and techniques around the world, he moved to the UAE to establish Badia Farms. Fatima was also involved in the Masdar Eco-Bus; the first electric bus developed in the UAE and tailored to the country’s climate. The sustainable approach we adopt in Everfresh rely on the use of the seafood industry waste as the main source of the raw material used for our innovative product. After receiving his MSc degree in horticultural science from the university of Bologna, Georg joined BayWa AG, a German-based conglomerate and global leader in agriculture, energy and construction. At the virtual final event, our 12 finalist teams, selected from 437 submissions from 68 countries around the world, will compete for a chance to win a share of the $1 million FoodTech Challenge prize. A Saudi national and qualified industrial engineer, Omar began his career in the financial and engineering industries in Saudi Arabia, before following his entrepreneurial passion. This has included not only design and engineering work, but also construction, operations, sales, and fundraising (we raised the largest agro-tech seed round in the Middle East history). A panel of experts will select the finalists entries, who will then be invited to present their business case in-person in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Khalifa Port strengthens UAE food security via new facility. We believe we are unique in the vertical farming industry in this regard. Click the button below to register on our Entries website and to read more about the competition rules. ROME, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On the occasion of World Food Day, marked at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, … Dubai has turned to technology to bolster food security in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, with populations becoming more affluent worldwide, middle-class per capita food … Everfresh is seeking seed funding to build a pilot production line for the purpose of proof of concept, entering the market, building the brand awareness and attracting potential customers, and preparing its commercial launch. Our team brings a hugely diverse set of experiences and achievements to one common goal. His Excellency holds a PhD in Economics from the Imperial College London, and graduate degrees from Columbia University and London Business School. Construction. He is open to further collaborations with both academia and industry/research organizations and is in process of recruiting postgraduate students to carry out novel research. Before relocating to the Middle East, Kieran was the Director of Procurement for GlaxoSmithkline in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan regions. If we are selected as one of the four winners, we plan to join the Catalyst Accelerator Program, and relocate to Abu Dhabi to establish our business. Now more than ever, they recognize the importance of food security and the necessity to achieve self-sufficiency in food. Explaining the difference between food security and self-sufficiency, she said, “People tend to relate food security to self-sufficiency, which is not the case. The sharp population growth could create critical challenges in providing the irrigation requirements for the agricultural sector, required to reach food security in this country. In Everfresh, we utilize the main building block that nature has developed as protective barrier against a multitude of organisms. H.E. Dr. Hanan Afifi has been a lead researcher at the Research and Development Division, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, since 2014. These include food imports from various countries, building up its own infrastructure to store food and water and looking at ways to save its scarce water resources, experts said at the World Food Security Summit on Sunday. Al Shuraiqi received his MSc degree in environmental science with honors from UAE University and a bachelor’s degree with honors in agricultural science from the College of Agricultural Sciences, UAE University. Long-term food security and self-sufficiency are key Israeli irrigation company Netafim has announced plans to open an office in the UAE. in Environment and Community through Antioch University, she went on to co-found Vertical Harvest, a three-story hydroponic greenhouse in Jackson, WY. The UAE faces significant challenges to producing food domestically. Could you tell us something unique about your team that makes you a strong contender to be in the Top 4 winners? The opportunity to not only deliver a tangible food product to grateful local consumers but also to advise governments on food security strategy is greatly fulfilling. Page 2 of 7 Despite the extreme scarcity of water and agricultural resources, the UAE is by many measures comfortably food secure. Patent application is among our first priorities once fund is secured as the technology used in Everfresh is novel. The competition supports the UAE’s commitment to providing its population with sufficient, safe and nutritious food. At Jones Food Company we are on a mission to be the World’s Farm, producing food for everyone, everywhere such that we are never limited in what we want to eat and how we feed our society. Ms. Semedo has received the Crans Montana Forum Prix de la Fondation (2019), the Order of Rio Branco (2018), the Honoris Causa doctorate from the Universidade Aberta (2018) and the Order of Niger (2008). Alesca was selected as a 2019 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and has been accepted into prestigious global accelerator programs including Stanford StartX, Thrive Agtech, BitsxBites, Pearse Lyons, Unreasonable Impact, and Dubai Future Accelerators as an innovator in the field of controlled environment agriculture, precision agriculture, and hyper-local urban farming. on Agriculture, Trade and Food Security Challenges. We are delighted to announce that the FoodTech Challenge Awards Ceremony will take place on 17-18 November 2020. As a result, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. His career began as a System Integration Engineer at Motorola, before advancing to become a Technical Release Manager for Motorola’s iDEN Group until 2004. Her vision is to develop integrated farming systems tailormade to the needs of farming communities living in salinized areas, utilizing low-quality water and land resources to grow halophytic crops enhancing food, nutrition, water and income security. From 1995 to 2019, he worked as Economist and Senior Economist of the FAO Investment Centre, in Rome (Italy) and Santiago (Chile). Bringing together all sides of food issues for critical discussion, Food Tank is a global convener, research organization, and non-biased creator of original research impacting the food system. The UAE faces significant challenges to producing food domestically. UAE food security challenges The most prominent challenge faced by the UAE is its climate, which has for some time had a negative impact on its domestic production abilities. Fatima holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Sharjah. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Stuart Oda is an investment banker turned urban farmer with a passion for innovation and sustainability. Penny McBride has over 20 years of experience in green building practices, waste utilization, vertical farming, strategic development, and entrepreneurship. In addition, consumer preferences are shifting towards more organic, locally grown products which, along with urbanization, are making it more difficult to deliver food supplies to populations. : There are gaps in food handling throughout the supply chain, leading to food waste in all stages of production, 8. What does it take to build a vertical farm? Waste management: Converting food waste into commercial opportunities such as biofuels and fertilizers remains an emerging market with a few players (e.g., Dubai Carbon, Imdaad, and Etihad), Despite strong policy interventions, the UAE is consistently ranked as one of the top producers of food waste, Federal and emirate-level laws and regulations focus on agricultural operations, food safety, water use, and food standards; whereas food waste laws and regulations are limited. Previously Ramesh spent 30 years at Eastman Kodak in the US and the UK, which culminated in a prestigious appointment as a Research Fellow at Kodak Research Labs. As a member of the World Economic Forum, David co-chaired the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce and is a member of the Global IoT Council. Compared to other more traditional startups in the software or internet sectors, we have collectively overcome huge challenges in constructing an asset-intensive, hardware technology for food production in the Middle East. Her responsibilities include overseeing the development of the necessary infrastructure that would ensure the country’s food security objectives, in line with UAE Centennial 2071 Plan. Strongly committed to the region, its development and sustainable future, Omar became focused on agricultural innovations. Passionate in food research and application in commercial enterprises has made significant contributions to academic-industry collaborations. Consumption: Food is not consumed by the customer often due to oversupply, but artificial intelligence technology is helping accelerate food waste reduction efforts. Prior to joining ADIO, His Excellency held leadership roles at various institutions including Emirates NBD, Mubadala and Citibank. Alesca's indoor farms and precision agriculture solutions have been deployed in the UAE, China, and Singapore and large-scale projects are under way in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Al Shuraiqi also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union and member of the Federal National Council (2007-2015). This led to a successful business in hospitality, and recognition in the 2007 book ‘Leaders of Saudi Arabia’. Currently she is the Vice Chair of the Association for the Farm Tech Society (FTS) an international non-profit industry association that unites and supports the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry, seeking to strengthen the sector through the development and implementation of resilient and future proof methods and technologies for indoor growing. She's also been a jury member on many local and international competitions such as Seedstars, Startup Sauna, and Ibtikari. UAE firms sign agriculture deals in Israel as pact approved October 19, 2020 - by Reuters, by Lisa Barrington & Andrew Heavens Our team will use the prize proceeds to fund much-needed research & development activities on our farm. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed, chairman of the emirate's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, spoke of the need to safeguard supplies against future challenges as he launched the Food Security Dashboard of Dubai. In his current role established grant-based collaborative research projects with industry and research institutions in Australia, UK, India, etc. The hi-tech system spearheaded by Smart Dubai monitors the supply index, stock availability, local production, consumption levels, and the cost of vital commodities in the emirate. Countries like the UAE are investing in agtech innovation to improve food security, and the GCC is increasingly working together with stakeholders in the UK to tackle regional resource scarcity challenges. Our Finalist Teams are hard at work refining their pitch presentations with their mentors in preparation for the final Awards Ceremony. What is the biggest source of motivation for your team to work on this project? : Adoption of food waste management policy and technology has been slow. An entrepreneurial technologist specializing in leading global teams, since 2010 Ramesh has led the focus on innovation and entrepreneurship at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was a member of the High-Level Panel of Experts for Food Security from 2015 to 2019, a founding member of the Arab Food Sovereignty Network, and a member of the Conflicts and Protracted Crisis Working Group of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on Food Security and a member of the EAT-Lancet commission for sustainable diets from sustainable food systems. The crucial resource, developed by a local government team with the backing of authorities such as Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Economy and the Dubai Port, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, utilises artificial intelligence and data analytics to track key indicators of strong food security. Lastly, if you are selected as one of the four winners, how does your team plan to use the prize money? Nicole’s mission is to leverage the power of the Internet-of-Things to contribute to improving the way we produce and consume our food, design our cities and look after our health and the environment. "Aquaculture is a core component of the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy," asserted Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, while launching the UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 – a document set to serve as a reference point, outlining and evaluating investment opportunities in the local aquaculture sector. She is also working on modular farming systems that integrate agriculture with aquaculture utilizing low-quality water resources such as the reject brine from desalination incorporating halophytes too. (2011) ‘Food security: its components and challenges’, Int. DUBAI // The UAE will be able to feed itself in the future only by ensuring a diversification of the sources of its food. Plewa states that while other markets are exploring plant-based meat, egg, cheese and dairy, the Middle East is just beginning to offer plant-based options such as almond milk. in Political Science and Business Economics from UCLA. Omar Al Jundi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Badia Farms, a pioneering and revolutionizing agricultural initiative to provide a sustainable solution for the region’s future. Kieran has worked in Procurement for 22 years, having received his MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management from Birmingham Business School. The initial investment will be mainly used to rent the facility, acquire equipment, pay operating expenses, conduct further R&D. A gold medalist from the University of Madras from where he received his B.Tech degree, Ramesh went on to complete his PhD from Clarkson University and sat on the Cambridge University Mentor Panel. H.E. Fatima also supported the BD&I team covering the Americas and West Europe, where she contributed to in-depth due diligence analyses investigating and vetting investment opportunities, primarily for brownfield renewable energy projects. Our team has managed to successfully design and deploy an IoT- enabled growing system which is the first to demonstrate year-round production of fresh fruits and vegetables in the UAE. Lastly, if you are selected as one of the four winners, how does your team plan to use the prize money? 5. Read more . Only 0.5% of the land mass is arable, extreme heat limits the capacity to cultivate and store food, and the country receives very minimal rainfall. Post exiting these companies, Cinar currently leads Catalyst, a Masdar-BP initiative, which is the first startup accelerator focused on sustainability in the MENA region, funding in the following fields: Clean & Renewable Technologies, Energy Storage Solutions, Harvesting, Efficiency & Optimization, Waste Transformation & Food Security Technologies, Biomechatronics, Smart City & Living, Sustainable Building Material Science, Predictive Analysis & Maintenance, E-Mobility & Efficient Logistics and Agro Tech. Everfresh team also seeks to contribute a specific percentage of the award money for charity purposes, particularly helping cancer patients. The UAE Government is working hard to ensure that all citizens and residents have access to safe, nutritious, sufficient, and affordable food at all times. Minister of State for Food Security confirmed that the UAE food security is maintained and its system is able to face challenges of the post-COVID-19 phase. Countries like the UAE are investing in agtech innovation to improve food security, and the GCC is increasingly working together with stakeholders in the UK to tackle regional resource scarcity challenges. After running a successful project funded by USAID in 2016, Dr. Lyra was announced as one of the 29 global innovators for EXPO2020 of the first phase of the EXPO Live program in 2017 and received a grant for the project “Inland and coastal modular farms for climate change adaptation in desert environments” which is continued giving emphasis on the development of halophyte-based food products. : Stefan Tangermann was the author of the report. Applications for the FoodTech Challenge are accepted from September 2019 to February 2020. Innovate4Good (I4G), a platform for the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem, has announced the winners of The CovHack Virtual Innovation Challenge. 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. He also sits on a number of boards including AXA GCIC and EPG (Emirates Post Group). He was the Director General at the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority from 2006-2017 and Vice-Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Security Center from 2011-2017. The UAE faces significant challenges to producing food domestically. He is a certified industrial consultant from the Saudi Council of Engineers license number 3536 and a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) UAE Chapter. Only 0.5% of the land mass is arable, extreme heat limits the capacity to cultivate and store food, and the country receives very minimal rainfall. 4, No. What makes your team excited about your idea and food technology? in Agricultural Economics from the USA and a B.Sc. : He dedicates time to the region’s food ecosystem as a mentor at Savour Ventures, the Middle East’s first accelerator focused on food. 4. Full-text available. Everfresh addresses two challenges, post-harvest food loss and seafood waste disposal. The UN projects that the global human population is set to reach 10B by 2050, requiring us collectively to produce 70% more food. Ramesh Jagannathan is currently the Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Managing Director of startAD, the global accelerator at NYU Abu Dhabi. This decision was made after careful consultation with our partners and UAE public health authorities. These are some of the questions we asked our finalists to learn more about their teams and their creative business ideas. To meet the demand in the UAE, Future Farm has expanded its production capacity from 115 to 600 tons per month. Congratulations to our Finalists, who were selected from over 400+ submissions from all over the world! Our Finalists are hard at work refining their business cases to compete for their share of the $1m prize pool and eligibility to the Catalyst Accelerator Program. University students and early-stage start-ups with prior experience in urban farming have been especially encouraged to apply. 1. They are 1 of our 12 Finalist Teams who will compete in the upcoming FoodTech Challenge Awards Ceremony. Article. The finals will be a three-day food and agriculture technology event, including workshops and panel discussions, networking sessions, and the final award ceremony. AeroFarms received the inaugural Global SDG Award for Zero Hunger, was listed in Time Magazine’s 2019 Best Inventions, and received The Ethical Corporation’s 2019 Responsible Business Award in Sustainable Innovation. We all come from different academic backgrounds, have expertise in the field of biotechnology, chemical engineering, and sales & marketing. The insights and experience Kieren has gained from managing complex, diverse interactions and interests have qualified him to support, influence and lead internal and external change management projects that provide sustainable business improvements. 1. Her experience working with public and private sector organisations worldwide has enabled her to lead several technical expert groups as well as education and outreach activities, underlining her commitment to driving multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder innovation for a sustainable future for our planet. Among the priorities we are working on include the design of a new automatic roof washer, desert-friendly artificial LED lighting systems, and also a pilot commercial farm to produce algae for Omega-3 fatty acids production. The Greenhouse is the first large-scale, sustainable indoor farm in the UAE to produce high-quality tomatoes 365 days a year. As establishing a framework of integrated and inclusive strategy, the UAE is looking to be a global innovation hub for food security. 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. The UAE Government has launched a global challenge to seek innovative, technologically driven, and sustainable business ideas to meet national food security challenges. In 2013, Stuart founded Alesca Life, an agricultural technology company that builds indoor, vertical farms and farm digitization solutions to modernize the agricultural supply chain. She was named “Woman of the Year” at the 2018 Women Diplomats Day commemoration in Portugal. Ramesh holds 46 US patents and has invented a dry inkjet printing technology and a new atmospheric process for coating organic device quality thin films. This combination of experience alongside our clarity of vision has created a truly dynamic team. Since his instatement at Al Dahra BayWa Georg has aimed to manifest the Al Dahra BayWa Greenhouse solution, as a vital contributor to the UAE food security strategy and sustainable, future oriented farming. Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra has been a Halophyte Agronomist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2013, working on evaluating halophytes (salt-loving plants) in inland and coastal desert areas exploring their multiple uses. Therefore, serious and quick actions have to take place; in order to save the future of food security in the UAE. Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health , Vol. Sandy soil (75%) has low nutrient retention and requires large quantities of irrigation water to cultivate, Salty soil (8%) affects the plant’s uptake of nutrients and has reduced microbiological activity important for plant growth compared to other types of soil, The remaining 10% are other types of soil not suited for agriculture. They are 1 of our 12 Finalist Teams who will compete in the upcoming FoodTech Challenge Awards Ceremony. What is the biggest source of motivation for your team to work on this project? It draws on the active engagement of these eminent experts in discussions over multiple meetings as well as an overview paper and think pieces commissioned by the E15Initiative and authored by group members. In the UAE, he facilitates policy and technical dialogue between FAO, other partners and the Government in support of strengthening strategic frameworks and actions around food and water security, nutrition, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture (crops and livestock) and aquaculture. UAE Food Security Challenges . Only a very small percentage of the land mass is arable, extreme heat limits the capacity to cultivate and store food, and the country hardly receives any rainfall. 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