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Abu Dhabi to host agriculture innovations forum
By our business bureau July 21, 2013
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ABU DHABI: The City of Abu Dhabi has been chosen to host the inaugural Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from February, 3-5, 2014.

Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE 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 that the Authority was pleased to give support to the event.

“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,” Al Rayssi added.

Members of the 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 drivers, challenges and opportunities in their relevant fields.

Attendees included Dr Michael H. Shwartz, President of World Aquaculture Society, Dr Joel Cuello, Professor at the University of Arizona, Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Regional Coordinator, ICARDA and Dr Ahmed AlSharif, Deputy Director General, International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, among many other renowned names throughout the agricultural community.

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.
 

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