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.
The challenge seeks to find innovative solutions to improve the food security system and develop practices and systems for more sustainable production and management of food resources in the UAE.
This came during an event attended by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Governor of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Mohammed bin Abdullah Al. Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, and several of One of the ministers at Expo 2020 Dubai, where the challenge aims to employ advanced technology to find efficient and effective tools and techniques to overcome the challenges of the agricultural sector, in order from achieving sustainable food production in the United Arab Emirates to being 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 efficiently and sustainably.
The challenge is aimed at early-stage start-ups such as international university research teams, entrepreneurs and small businesses as it explores innovations related to two important pathways – “food production” – to address the challenge of availability, abundance and food prices, by allowing the transition to the “next generation” of nutrient-rich food alternatives and “food loss and waste” to ensure sustainability in the food supply chain in general.
The winner(s) will have the opportunity to develop their business model in the UAE, supported by research and development projects, accelerating the growth of these companies, commercial incentives and the necessary mentoring to bring the winning concepts from the test phase to the market. . Applications are accepted from all over the world, with a focus on countries that excel in agricultural technology.
The Food Technology Challenge is organized by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and 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 through partnerships with local leaders. and international entities. They were joined in this edition of the challenge by “Aspire”, the arm of the Advanced Technology Research Council dedicated to technology program management, which oversees the funding of research and technological development projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular and the UAE. usually. Each pathway is also supported by leading national companies, as “Holding” (ADQ) and “Salal” companies focus on the food production pathway, while the Emirates Foundation focuses on the loss and waste pathway. food.
On this occasion, Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: Food security is more important today than ever as the world is no longer as we know it as it faces many challenges in 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 therefore it is our responsibility to rethink the future of the food sector and invent food resilient 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 and highlights the critical role that innovation can play in addressing our common challenges.
For her part, Rima Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Tamkeen Board of Directors, said: Keeping pace 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 world agricultural technology system. The Food Technology Challenge attracts some of the strongest multi-sector partners who can contribute to the progress and prosperity of the UAE by supporting sustainable, commercially viable, technology-based solutions.
For his part, Faisal Al-Bannai, Secretary General of the Advanced Technology Research Council, highlighted the importance of taking advantage of advanced technology; He said: Today, the United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s most distinguished countries in the field of innovation and harnessing advanced technology to find solutions to a number of major societal challenges.
The Food Technology Challenge provides additional and wonderful evidence of this, as the UAE hosts the smartest minds from around the world to collaborate, explore solutions and advance the field of agricultural technology.
The Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Residents Bureau, Catalyst Accelerator and Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development are the main sponsors 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 at an awards ceremony in November. Participants can submit their applications through the website: http://www.foodtechchallenge.com/
Of note, the first edition of the Food Technology Challenge received 437 submissions from 68 countries, with winners honored from Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.