New Zealand has partnered with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry to deliver Expo 2020 Dubai’s Thematic Business Forum on 21 February during Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Week. New Zealand G2G, a joint venture between New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), has led the engagement for New Zealand.
The Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Business Forum will convene leaders across governments, businesses and the science community to discuss how to sustainably grow food to meet future demand. They aim to address the urgent need to transform the world’s food and agricultural systems to feed 10 billion people by 2050, within environmental limits.
H.E. Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, will give a keynote address on advancing the global transition to sustainable food systems as well as provide insight into the climate priorities identified by the newly formed Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).
H.E. Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri, Secretary General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Essa Abdul Rahman Al Hashemi, Head of the UAE Food and Water Security Office (UAE), will share progress updates on the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy, and give insight into how the UAE and New Zealand are collaborating to identify more sustainable uses of water resources for local crops.
Other topics being covered during the forum include the importance of public-private collaborations in the global agricultural ecosystem, effective use of resources for farmers, modern food safety systems, livestock productivity, and the role of technology in solving challenges to global food systems.
New Zealand was selected by Expo 2020 Dubai and Dubai Chamber to co-curate the business forum because of its leadership in sustainable food systems, smart applied science and proven track record of producing high value products. New Zealand is recognised globally as one of the most progressive agricultural and aqua cultural nations – its food sector feeds around 40 million global consumers each year, eight times its population.
A delegation of some of New Zealand’s top experts in sustainable food systems will lead discussions during the forum and showcase examples of joint research initiatives that are supporting a more reliable supply of nutritious food to the global population. Among them are:
When: 21 February 2021
Where: Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) Hall 1 North, Expo 2020 Dubai
Other New Zealand activities during Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Week:
New Zealand’s leadership in sustainable food systems and agritech innovations will be shared throughout the thematic week at Expo 2020 Dubai with a number of the country’s foremost scientific experts presenting at World Majlis events.
New Zealand Experts at World Majlis Events
Food Agriculture and Livelihoods Week, Expo 2020 Dubai
CEO AMENA Fonterra
Farms of the Future: Feeding the Planet with Technology
17 February, 4-6pm
By 2050 we will need to feed two billion more people. How can the world ensure the availability of food while simultaneously cutting down on the environmental harm caused by agriculture? What future innovations will help farms be more productive, while reducing their environmental impact?
Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa, Department of Food Science, University of Otago New Zealand …together with Louise Nash, Founder and CEO of Circularity.
The Value of Food: Rethinking the Cycle of Food Waste(co-curated by New Zealand and Expo 2020 Dubai)
20 February, 4-6pm.
Approximately one third of the food we produce each year is lost or goes to waste. This creates massive inequalities within populations, causing problems of obesity in some places while, elsewhere, others starve. Moreover, there is an environmental impact. How can we innovate and invest to make supply chains more efficient and reduce waste? How can we make the most of the food that is produced before it is gone
Dr. Suzie Newman
Head – International Development & Aid at New Zealand Crown Research Institute Plant and Food Research
Women’s World Majlis: From Farmer to Boss Lady:Developing a Gender-equitable Agricultural Sector
21 February, 3-4.30pm.
Women produce more than 50% worldwide, and up to 80% of national output in some countries, yet women are barely represented in the rest of the global food value chain. This session will explore gender equitable employment and decision-making in the food and agriculture sector, and the impact that gender-inclusive agriculture has on ending hunger and poverty and promoting sustainable development.
Dr Brent Clothier Principal Scientist with Plant & Food Research and President of Royal Society Te Apārangi
Food for Thought: How We Will Eat in the Future
22 February, 4-6:00pm
Food is living knowledge and tradition, passed down through generations. As we tackle the challenge of exploring new food to feed a growing global population within the limits of our planet, the question of what are we going to eat in the future is also a matter of balancing culture and innovation.
New Zealand Crown Research Institute, Plant and Food Research, will also exhibit its “From This Land” photo-story exhibition at the New Zealand Pavilion from 17-19 February. Showcasing its partnerships in Vietnam and Cambodia, the exhibition comprises 18 portraits, other photos, text, video and a podcast series, from four agricultural development projects to give Expo visitors insight into the experiences and dreams of farmers, agronomists, business-owners, scientists and others as they work together to create more sustainable food systems.
All New Zealand entities will have representatives available for media interviews or comment during Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods Week.
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