Global forum launches call for innovations

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The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, the world’s most influential event for the future of sustainable agriculture, has launched the Call for Innovations for next year’s event, to be held on 9th and 10th March in Abu Dhabi. The deadline for submissions is 31st August.

The inaugural event was held in February and brought together leading agricultural innovators, investors, food producers, retailers, governmental delegations, scientists and NGOs over the course of a two-day conference and exhibition. The event has since been recognised as a focal point for the expanding global movement to change the way we feed the world’s rapidly growing population by winning the prestigious ‘Best Meeting & Conference’ Award at the Middle East Event Awards.

Mark Beaumont, GFIA Project Director, says, “As we look to build upon the success of GFIA 2014 and continue to drive the global agricultural revolution, we want to hear from all those working at the cutting edge of food production. GFIA represents an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with governmental, commercial, academic and non-profit partners. Hi-tech or low-tech, a new idea or a firmly established project, if it challenges conventional methods we want to see it."

All stakeholders - from companies, NGOs and academic institutions to individuals - that either own an innovation that will shape the future of food production, have developed technology that increases yields using less resources, or have an idea to help the world produce enough food for nine billion people, are being invited to present their innovation at GFIA 2015.

All entries should be made online at and will be judged by an international Steering Committee. Steering Committee member Dr Joel Cuello, Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Institute for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands at The University of Arizona, says, “Agriculture is a cause of climate change, but is also part of the solution if sustainable production measures are adopted. For GFIA 2015 we are looking to showcase ‘triple win’ technologies that can help achieve food security, mitigate the effects of climate change and promote adaptability to the vagaries of a changing climate."