Abu Dhabi forum to discuss initiatives to fight global hunger

A global forum on innovations in agriculture sector will be held in Abu Dhabi next month to harness global efforts and sharing new ideas and developing initiatives aimed at feeding the world.

The third edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) will be held from February 16-18.

The exhibition and conference at GFIA forum is aimed at harnessing global efforts to provide enough safe, nutritious food to an expanding population, and will feature more than 300 next-generation agricultural solutions that could shape the future of sustainable farming around the world.

For the second year running, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has set out to assemble some of the world's best scientific minds for a unique Hosted Scientist Programme at GFIA, at a time when official statistics put the number of hungry people in the world at around 795 million, two thirds of them living in Asia.

The program supported by ADFCA is designed as a scientific platform for discussion, sharing of new ideas and development of initiatives aimed at feeding the world as population growth continues against a backdrop of dwindling resources and climate change.

"We're seeking applications from scientists from around the world and from across the entire spectrum of agricultural research. Our priority is to attract those currently involved in ground-breaking research, as the principle aim here is to drive efforts to counter global hunger through pioneering developments in sustainable agriculture," said Ali Yousef Al Saad, Acting Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA.

Scientists can apply online via the official GFIA website before January 15.

In its third year, GFIA will run alongside VIV MEA, a new version of livestock production events held in Europe and Asia helping to bring about a rethinking on global food security.

Together, GFIA and the accompanying VIV MEA are expected to host more than 500 exhibitors of innovative technology, making Abu Dhabi home to the largest agricultural event in the region.

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