- Event aligned with Late Sheikh Zayed’s vision and values of promoting sustainability and food security in the Middle East and North Africa
- Forum organized alongside the region’s First International Conference of Arab Beekeepers Union and VIV MEA 2018 Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is set to host the Global Forum for Innovation In Agriculture (GFIA Abu Dhabi 2018) which will run from 5 to 6 February, 2018 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, and in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the event will coincide with the UAE Innovation Month, and showcase the latest innovations and technologies in sustainable agriculture and food security from across the Middle East and North Africa.
GFIA Abu Dhabi 2018 will be held alongside the second Poultry Technology Fair (VIV MEA 2018 Abu Dhabi), which caters to the requirements of poultry farming and livestock and feed production as well as the First International Conference of Arab Beekeepers Union, which aims to enhance the productivity of beekeepers and honey production companies across the region. With more than 1.5 million tonnes of honey being produced worldwide and tens of thousands of tonnes produced annually in the Arabian Gulf States, this prestigious conference will support the growth of this vitally important sector.
GFIA Abu Dhabi is sponsored by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and will draw the participation of several leading speakers and innovators from across the world. The fifth edition of the event will focus on six key areas: indoor farming and hydroponics, date palm production, aquaculture, livestock and animal production, sustainable crops and beekeeping. It will also highlight various agricultural practices, environmental conservation, crop promotion, pest control and tackling the challenges of climate change. Additionally, 600 companies from different countries and scientific centers will present their ideas and vision for sustainable food production to more than 15,000 visitors expected to attend the three collocated events.
The Forum will also bring together leading figures and experts from the public and private sectors who influence the food security policies and agricultural sustainability. It will feature panel sessions on food security focusing on five main themes to develop the blueprint for increasing local production and attracting foreign investment in fish farming, milk and dairy production, poultry products, as well as date and date palm waste industries.