Abu Dhabi to Host Second Edition of ‘Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

Abu Dhabi will host the second ‘Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture’ (GFIA) from 9-11 March 2015. International public and private sector experts will address ‘climate-smart agriculture’ at the three-day exhibition and conference.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the exhibition and conference will feature more than 300 next-generation agricultural solutions that could shape the future of sustainable farming around the world.

With global policy makers and scientists tasked with identifying innovative ways to feed a population of more than nine billion people by 2050, the GFIA will aim to accelerate the development of solutions that meet the world’s pressing challenges.

The second GFIA is expected to bring together participants from the entire agricultural value-chain – from agribusiness and academia to policy and investment – to witness more than 400 presentations of game-changing ideas with the potential to fundamentally 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 Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, Chairman of the Organising Committee.

“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. We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s leading experts in this field.”

The inaugural Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Summit will serve as a key element of the 2015 event. The summit has been developed under the guidance of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture launched during the UN Climate Summit in New York in September 2014. Climate-Smart Agriculture is a strategic farming approach designed to raise agricultural productivity while mitigating the effects of climate change.

The alliance includes more than 20 governments, 30 organisations and companies including the World Bank, The Netherlands government, and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It represents millions of farmers, at least a quarter of the world cereal production, 43 million undernourished people and 16% of the total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

“GFIA is unique in that it attracts all the players – from across the full food value chain – needed to effect real change in the way we feed the world,” said Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi.

“From policy-makers and governments to food producers, commercial organisations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies and investors, GFIA is a stage that helps actualise real progress. This harmonisation approach is essential if we are to meet the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population.”

The second GFIA will also include 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 & 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.

In addition, the GFIA conferences – featuring 250 speakers – will address a range of key issues critical to the future of global agriculture and food production, including:

• Solutions for the reduction of post-harvest losses and food waste;
• ICT in agriculture: how ICT can promote sustainable and climate resilient agriculture;
• Land restoration and agroforestry: restoration of the world’s degraded arable land;
• Non-conventional water use and agriculture in arid climates;
• Edible cities: growing the food where the majority of the world’s population lives; and
• Workshops on aquaculture and indoor agriculture.

The GFIA is sponsored by the Food Security Centre – Abu Dhabi, Exeed Industries and the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry. And held with official support from the UAE Ministry of Environment & Water, with a keynote speech planned by H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE.

For more information and to register, visit the GFIA website http://www.innovationsinagriculture.com/

Posted 12 December 2014