Khalifa Fund hosts 40 farmers at summit
Abu Dhabi, January 21, 2014
Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has hosted 40 leading farmer delegates from around the world at the second International Water Summit (IWS) in Abu Dhabi.
This was in support the International Year of Family Farming 2014 initiative declared by the United Nations General Assembly, to promote sustainable relationships between family farming communities and the environment.
The IYFF campaign aims to urge nations to introduce smart farming techniques that increase agricultural production while decreasing environmental impact.
The event, which was held at the Sustainable Water Solutions Village, provided the opportunity for farmer leaders to share best practices and knowledge in an effort to find solutions to this critical issue.
Industry best practices and seminars are being presented including sessions on irrigation, the water energy nexus along with water reuse and recycling technologies.
Khalifa Fund presented its agri-related projects, which look to increase crop productivity through innovation, leading to sustainable economic solutions.
Zaarie, its most recently launched sustainable agricultural programme seeks to support and encourage Emirati farmers to adopt smart farming techniques, namely hydroponics. The programme offers farmers interest free loans of up to one million dirhams ($272,183) to help develop their farms.
Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki, CEO, said: “The fact that there are over 25,000 farm lands within Abu Dhabi itself just comes to show the huge potential that some of our programmes will have an impact on. We hope to capture the sharing of knowledge and experiences and applying best practices, all in the effort to drive water conservation.
“We have different means of applying sustainable solutions such as hydroponics has become vastly available from different parts of transatlantic basin and Asia pacific. So what we see now is a culture that is more thriving towards both commercially and sustainably viable solutions.” - TradeArabia News Service