Sunday, 30 November 2014

Agriculture conference in Abu Dhabi ‘will shape farming’

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will be held in Abu Dhabi in March next year.
In partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the conference will feature more than 300 agricultural solutions that, say the organisers, could shape the future of sustainable farming around the world.
With global policymakers and scientists tasked with identifying innovative ways to feed a population of more than nine billion people by 2050, the forum will aim to accelerate the development of solutions that meet the world’s pressing challenges.
It will also bring together participants from the agricultural value-chain – from agribusiness and academia to policy and investment — to witness more than 400 presentations of ideas with the potential to change the way food is produced, processed, stored, distributed and consumed.
“As the world looks to support sustainable economic and social development into the 21st century and beyond, the solutions we identify to our food and water security challenges today will define the future of our nations,” said Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, chairman of the organising committee at the food authority.
“Furthermore, with climate-smart food production being a critical factor for the UAE and other water-constrained parts of the Mena region, Abu Dhabi is strongly committed to driving the global dialogue on food security and climate resilience and this event reinforces that commitment.”
The forum will also include a newly launched hosted scientist programme, an initiative that will assemble 300 of the world’s leading scientists in Abu Dhabi, to establish a scientific crucible for discussion, knowledge sharing and the advancement of research.
A research and collaboration zone will allow academics from across the developed and developing world to meet, share knowledge, collaborate, and network with investors to commercialise breakthrough ideas.

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