Abu Dhabi to host second edition of Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

ABU DHABI: The second edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, GFIA, which will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, ADFCA, will take place in Abu Dhabi between March 9th and 11th.

The exhibition and conference will feature international public and private sector experts to address climate-smart agriculture, and 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, GFIA will aim to accelerate the development of solutions that meet the world’s pressing challenges.

GFIA will bring together participants from the entire agricultural value-chain, from agri-business and academia, to policy and investment, to participate in more than 400 presentations of game-changing ideas that would potentially make fundamental changes to 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, at ADFCA.

Al Rayssi also said that 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. “This event reinforces that commitment, and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s leading experts in this field,” he said.

The inaugural Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Summit will serve as 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 whilst 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 and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. It represents millions of farmers, at least a quarter of the world’s cereal production, 43 million undernourished people and 16 percent of the total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

“GFIA is unique in that it attracts all the players needed to effect real change in the way we feed the world,” added 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 edition of 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 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.