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Tuesday, October 22 2019 - 23:36
The UAE Calls for Innovative Ideas in Finding Solutions to Global Food Security Challenges
ROME, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- UAE Minister for State for Food Security reveals the country's plans to 
address global food security challenges through the "FoodTech Challenge"

On the occasion of World Food Day, marked at the United Nations' Food and 
Agriculture Organization in Rome, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed 
Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Food Security, spoke to the 
significance of global food security challenges and their impact on future 
Appealing to university students, early-stage start-ups and tech incubators in 
advanced urban farming markets from around the world, the Minister revealed 
plans by the UAE government to find innovative solutions across the food value 
chain through an open call-for-submissions to the "FoodTech Challenge."

Open to applicants from around the world, the FoodTech Challenge seeks 
commercially viable solutions that promote sustainable food practices and 
stimulate domestic food production in the UAE. At the end of the competition, 
four teams will be awarded against a $1 million prize pool.

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President 
and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the FoodTech Challenge is an 
initiative of the UAE Food Security Office in partnership with Tamkeen, an Abu 
Dhabi-based company mandated to deliver projects to meet the UAE's vision of 
knowledge-based development.

Speaking on World Food Day, H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE 
Minister of State for Food Security, said: "Despite challenges related to 
scarcity of water resources and arable land, we have begun to see Agtech 
solutions gain traction in the UAE. The FoodTech Challenge works towards the 
goal of attracting bright minds and encouraging innovators from around the 
world to take part in shaping the future of sustainable food systems. We 
believe that by setting this challenge in motion, and delivering results 
through Agtech solutions, we can create a replicable model for the world."

Applications for the FoodTech Challenge will remain open until February 2020, 
when submissions will be shortlisted and the top 10 teams will present their 
business cases at an awards ceremony held at New York University Abu Dhabi in 
April 2020. A panel of judges including Agtech industry experts will select 
four winners across two categories: household farming and community farming.

Entrants can submit their applications via 

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Source: Tamkeen