On World Food Day October 22 at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, UAE (United Arab Emirates) Minister of State for Food Security Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri 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 from a $1 million prize pool.

“Despite challenges related to scarcity of water resources and arable land, we have begun to see Agtech solutions gain traction in the UAE,” said Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri. “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 foodtechchallenge.com.

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