Forum to focus on agricultural innovation

High profile event aims to build momentum towards agricultural advancements in the GCC
By Neil King
Tue 14 Jan 2014 10:24 AM

One of the world’s largest events for agricultural innovation is set to take place in Abu Dhabi.

The Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) will take place from 3-5 February, under the them ‘Driving Innovation for an Agricultural Revolution’.

Some of the industry’s leading innovators, investors, producers, retailers, scientists, government officials, NGO, and agricultural organisations will gather for the event which will consider ways that sustainable agricultural technologies can profitably benefit the GCC nations.

As well as the larger businesses and organisations due to take part, the conference, exhibition, panel discussions, workshops, and meetings will also feature entrepreneurs and small businesses who either have a valuable contribution to make, or wish to learn new techniques, technologies and products.

Among the high-profile participants will be Bill Gates, and HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the deputy prime minister of the UAE.

GFIA project director, Mark Beaumont, said: “GFIA is of particular relevance to the GCC region, as it seeks to highlight the sustainable agriculture initiatives and innovations being planned and deployed across the world, particularly in regions characterised by water shortages and infertile land.

“The support of GCC governments will be crucial in transferring this knowledge to the regional agricultural sector.”

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