With the COVID-19 pandemic entering its third year, its impact on people’s livelihoods and on global efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is now more evident than ever. Geopolitical tensions, intensified conflicts, economic shocks, and extreme weather have made developing a strategic road map for ensuring food security even more challenging.
The recently published Global Report on Food Crisis has declared that nearly 193 million people are in a food crisis (equivalent to 53 countries/territories). The GCC region is particularly vulnerable to such volatility due to its reliance on food imports. To avoid disruptions, the region would need to re-evaluate its strategies for food security and incorporate new growth areas.
In order to cope with the global food challenges, the agri-nutrient sector must assume a pivotal role given the steady growth of the world’s population, as well as factors such as land expansion and urbanization. In response to the pandemic, many countries enacted and prioritized measures to aid farmers in accessing agri-nutrients and made exceptions to movement restrictions for agriculture.
It is crucial for the agri-nutrient sector to reduce its environmental footprint while ensuring global food security through cross-value chain collaboration to develop advanced innovative technologies and new business models. These advancements will make our food systems more robust, resilient, and sustainable as we strive to meet our net-zero goals.
This year, the conference will facilitate discussions on how to better address global food security issues while ensuring sustainable best practices are in place. It will highlight many opportunities to showcase the industry as a leader in transforming the agricultural food chain holistically through the adoption of progressive technologies.