MENA Food Production 2030 will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 20-21 March 2017 as part of the annual Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA).
The objective of the conference is to drive a dialogue between government, food producers, scientists and investors to establish secure, sustainable and profitable food production systems.
Thamer Al Qasemi, director of the Communication & Community Service Division at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) commented: “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.
“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.”
The conference is set to tackle the particular challenges faced in the Middle East and North Africa, which according to a statement from the organisers, has “rapidly growing urban populations adopting Western diets, which places pressure on the environment and finite resources such as fertile land and water”.
During the conference, speakers will tackle five key challenges: climate-resilient crops; growing the aquaculture industry; future-proofing animal health; smallholder farmer development; and sustainable animal production.
Speakers will include:
- E. Mohamed Bin Obaid-Al Mazrooei, president, The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development;
- E. Khadim Al Darei, vice chairman and managing director, Al Dahra Agriculture Company
- Dawood AlYahyai, director of aquaculture development, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in Oman;
- Edward Hamod, general manager, Emirates Food Industries;
- Alya Al Mazroui, programme manager, National Centre of Meteorology & Seismology.
Held in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), GFIA will feature an exhibition hosting 300 companies.
An Innovations Programme will also showcase 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, which can stop the killing of 3.2 billion male chicks a year; a network from WeFarm to connect farmers in developing countries without the internet; and how advanced maths modelling from Ec2ce could bring about artificial Intelligence for the agro sector.