Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and
Environment welcoming attendees to GFIA in 2016
Mena food output focus for Abu Dhabi summit
ABU DHABI, January 10, 2017
The pressures of feeding 520 million people by 2030, one of the biggest challenges facing the Middle East today, will be addressed at the upcoming Mena Food Production 2030 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The conference will take place March 20 and 21 during the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), an established annual event in the UAE capital, and will drive a critical dialogue between government, food producers, scientists and investors to establish secure, sustainable and profitable food production systems.
“The hosting of these important international events in Abu Dhabi underlines the commitment of the UAE to drive a dialogue on food security and climate resilience,” said Nicola Davison, event director at Turret Media.
“Increasing levels of food production without exacerbating climate change and environmental damage requires a radical shake-up of the region’s entire food system. We live in a water-constrained region and must use these forums to enhance our contribution to the development and implementation of smart solutions for sustainable food production.”
In the Mena region, the challenge of feeding a growing population is particularly complex. The highest rate of population growth worldwide and a rapidly growing urban population adopting Western diets, places enormous pressures on the environment and finite resources such as fresh water and fertile land.
During the conference, speakers from around the world will be tackling five key challenges: climate-resilient crops; growing the aquaculture industry; future-proofing animal health; smallholder farmer development; and sustainable animal production.
GFIA will also feature an exhibition hosting some 250 companies, and an Innovations Programme, showcasing a series of 15-minute talks from start-up companies who think they have a next-generation solution that could shape the future of farming around the world.
Innovation talks announced so far include a solution from In Ovo that can stop the killing of 3.2 billion male chicks a year; a pioneering network from WeFarm that is connecting farmers in developing countries without the internet; and how advanced math modelling from Ec2ce could bring about Artificial Intelligence for the agro sector.- TradeArabia News Service