Innovation start-ups from across the world will present their ideas and products for the first time in Abu Dhabi from 5 to 6 February 2018 at the Innovation Theatre at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA Abu Dhabi 2018) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). Held under the patronage of Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Food Security Center-Abu Dhabi, and in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, GFIA has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation in agricultural production by showcasing companies and new technologies that can improve agricultural productivity and food security across the world.
Agricultural innovators participating will include: Zero Emissions Livestock Project from the UK that use a nose ring to combust cattle methane and produce meat and dairy products with a low carbon footprint; FRESH Corporation from Switzerland who have created the world's first urban sea fish farm without access to the sea; SOLHO from the Netherlands who use solar energy to power off-grid greenhouses with 90% operational savings; FarmAfield who have invented a unique investment model to keep farmers farming; and Jozour from Egypt, who will be presenting technologies that recycle and produce new sustainable materials from date palm waste.
Thamer Al Qasemi, Chairman of the GFIA 2018 Organizing Committee at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said: "In keeping with the Late Sheikh Zayed's vision and values of promoting sustainability, GFIA seeks to find effective solutions to the most pressing issues facing the agriculture sector globally and regionally. Start-up innovators are an extremely important part of this advancement and GFIA provides an ideal platform from which to showcase their products to food producers, policy makers, scientists and investors, especially that it is being held during the UAE Innovation Month. This showcase of new companies and technologies strengthens the Emirate's leading status as a top destination for high-caliber international exhibitions and events in this vital domain."
Hosting a large exhibition and free conference programme, GFIA Abu Dhabi will present hundreds of innovations and technologies which enhance productivity and reduce operational costs and optimal use of environmental resources, to regional food producers across six key areas: indoor farming and hydroponics; date palm production; aquatech; livestock and animal health; smart honey production; and sustainable crops. Over 600 companies from over 100 countries will present their products and projects promoting sustainable food production to more than 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the event organized alongside the region's First International Conference of Arab Beekeeping Organization and the second VIV MEA 2018 Abu Dhabi.
Nicola Davison, Director of the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture added: "Continuous innovation in agriculture is the only way to sustainably feed nine billion people by 2050 and the Innovation Theatre allows us to showcase the products from some of the industry's brightest young companies. Visitors can expect to discover solutions across all types of food production including products to improve yields, combat pests, save water and overcome the challenges of climate change."