His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, witnessed the launch of the second edition of the Global Food Technology Challenge, which seeks to find innovative solutions to food security improve system and develop more sustainable production and management practices and systems of food resources in the UAE.
It happened during an event attended by His Highness, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Governor of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister, and Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a number of ministers at Expo 2020 Dubai, where the challenge is to apply advanced technology to efficient and effective tools and techniques to meet the challenges of the agricultural sector, in order to achieve sustainable food production in the UAE to be a leading global center for food security.
The Food Technology Challenge also aims to discover the next decade of technological innovations and technologies that will transform traditional farming practices effectively and sustainably.
The challenge is aimed at early-stage starters such as international university research teams, entrepreneurs and small businesses, as it explores innovations related to two key careers, “food production”, to address the challenge of food availability, abundance and food prices by enabling them. makes the transition to the “next generation” of food alternatives rich in nutrients and “Food loss and waste” to ensure sustainability in the food supply chain in general.
The winner or winners will be given an opportunity to develop their business model in the UAE, backed by research and development projects, which accelerate the growth of these companies, commercial incentives and mentorship needed to bring the winning concepts of the test phase to market. to move. Applications are accepted from all over the world, focusing on countries that excel in agricultural technology.
The Food Technology Challenge is organized by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment and Tamkeen, an Abu Dhabi-based company that aims to launch projects that contribute to the prosperity of the social, cultural and educational scene in the UAE through partnerships with leading local and international entities.
They have been merged into the current issue of the “Aspire” Challenge, the arm of the Advanced Technology Research Council dedicated to managing technology programs, overseeing the funding of research and technological development projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in particular. in general.
Each lane also enjoys the support of leading national companies, as the “Holding” (ADQ) and “Salal” companies focus on the food production lane, while the Emirates Foundation focuses on the food loss and wastage lane.
On this occasion, Maryam Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment in the UAE, said: “Food security is of greater importance today than ever before, as the world is no longer as we know it, as it poses many challenges at various stages of the supply chain, and the effects of climate change are leading to many disruptions that limit the resilience and sustainability of supply chains, and so it is our responsibility to reconsider the future of the food sector and resilient food and agricultural practices based on the best technological developments. The food technology challenge brings us one step closer to discovering and developing some of these solutions, as it highlights the critical role that innovation can play in addressing our common challenges. ”
For her part, Rima Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Board of Tamkeen, said: “Keeping up with the UAE’s long-term ambitions in the field of food security requires bold methodologies that support innovative ideas and new business models, in addition to intensive cooperation with the global agricultural technology system.
The Food Technology Challenge attracts a constellation of the strongest multi-sector partners capable of contributing to the progress and prosperity of the UAE by supporting sustainable, commercially viable and technology-based solutions.
In turn, Faisal Al-Bannai, Secretary-General of the Advanced Technology Research Council, stressed the importance of utilizing advanced technology; He said: “The UAE is today one of the world’s most advanced countries in the field of innovation and the use of advanced technology to find solutions to some of the most important societal challenges. The Food Technology Challenge provides additional and amazing evidence of this, as the UAE houses the smartest minds from around the world to work together, explore solutions and advance the field of agricultural technology. ”
The Abu Dhabi Global Market, the Abu Dhabi Residents Office, Catalyst Accelerator and the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development are major supporters of the competition.
The FoodTech Challenge will remain open until June, when the finalists will be shortlisted and the top 10 teams will have the opportunity to showcase their business models during an awards ceremony in November. Participants can submit their requests via the website: www.foodtechchallenge.com.
It is noteworthy that the first edition of the Food Technology Challenge received 437 submissions from 68 countries, and the winners were honored from Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
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