UAE: Opportunities for regional governments to play a major role in solving global food scarcity through innovation and challenging traditional agriculture models were addressed at the World Government Summit this week in a new report launched by Oliver Wyman.
Titled ‘Agriculture 4.0-The Future of Farming Technology,’ the report addresses the priority of food security and the global developments putting pressure on the agriculture industry to deliver more for the future – climate change, demographics, scarcity of natural resources and food waste.
Roughly 800 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. And under a business-as-usual scenario, 8 percent of the world’s population (or 650 million) will still be undernourished by 2030 .
With the current agri-tech revolution, agriculture stops being a primary industry and starts joining the fourth industrial revolution. The report outlines how this will further require innovation, policy, capital and technology transfer to thrive.
Presenting the report as a Knowledge Partner of the World Government Summit, Mr Vats overviewed the frameworks regional governments can adopt to ensure collaboration across the agriculture industry’s stakeholders, “For the agriculture industry to take root here governments need to take on a broader and more prominent role than their traditional regulatory and facilitating function.”
By challenging the traditional legacy model and pursuing such a program, governments can:
- Ensure food security and reduce dependency on imports
- Become a net exporter not only of products but also IP and new solutions
- Increase productivity and support the shift towards an innovation- and knowledge- based economy
The report further outlines the advanced robotic technologies that will allow farms to be more profitable, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly, in turn contributing to the global issue of food scarcity.
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