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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Forward-thinking plan served up to protect UAE's future food supply

Masdar and the UAE Office for Future Food Security join forces to focus on a vertical farm and a smart home farm

A food security agreement has been signed by Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, minister of state for future food security and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar. Courtesy: Masdar
A food security agreement has been signed by Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, minister of state for future food security and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar. Courtesy: Masdar

An innovative government partnership has been announced with green energy institute Masdar to improve food security in the UAE for future generations.

The link-up between Masdar and the UAE Office for Future Food Security will focus on two major initiatives - a vertical farming container pilot project and a smart home farm.

The vertical farming container programme will see a pilot facility established in Masdar City, where the latest technologies and best practices in controlled environment farming will be tested.

"This strategic partnership is the cornerstone of achieving future food security objectives – an important step in activating plans to meet the challenges of this vital cause and invest in its opportunities,” said Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security.

“Masdar was a natural partner, given its experience working in sustainability through tangible projects in Masdar City and their renewable energy assets globally.

“It signifies an important step towards advancing innovations in agricultural production mechanisms and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the agriculture industry in the UAE.”

The project will also contribute to defining the business and regulatory guidelines for the development of vertical farming in the country.

The smart home sarm is an initiative to be developed in connection with Masdar City’s Eco-Villa, conceived as a template for affordable, highly energy and water-efficient residential villas in the UAE.

It will help showcase emerging sustainable home and urban farming technologies and solutions from local and international suppliers.

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