Abu Dhabi to host first Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

WAM ABU DHABI, 21st July, 2013 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi is to host the inaugural Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 3rd-5th February, 2014.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), the Forum will be the world’s first gathering of innovators, investors and companies dedicated to showcasing new ideas and solutions for feeding the world.

Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director of Communications and Community Service at ADFCA, said, “The Forum will spotlight how scientists and innovators around the world are using the latest technology to develop game-changing innovations to overcome water shortages, pollution and climate change.” Members of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Steering Committee, comprising sustainable agriculture industry experts from across the globe, convened this week in the UAE capital to meet for the first time. The meeting provided a platform for delegates to contribute their recommendations and ideas relating to the challenges and opportunities in their relevant fields.

Mark Beaumont, Managing Director of Oriel Events, a co-organiser of the event, discussed the progress of GFIA to date and led discussions on the structure and goals the forum is aiming for. Beaumont, said, “If the world is to feed nine billion people by 2050, it must embrace innovations for sustainable agriculture solutions. There is currently no event in the world which brings together such a specialised group of people behind the ideas and investment in this revolutionary field.” With the support of the University of Arizona, the Forum will feature a first-of-its kind live demonstration arena, where delegates can see and experience new innovations and technological advancements first hand, alongside hundreds of solutions-based presentations of new technologies and how they are being employed.

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