Saudi Arabia is Setting the Standard as the Pioneer for the New Era of Innovation in Food Security

Saudi Arabia is Setting the Standard as the Pioneer for the New Era of Innovation in Food Security

By Staff Writer, 09 October 2023

In light of the global population growth, ensuring a reliable food and water supply is crucial for sustainability.

Saudi Arabia is leading this effort by prioritizing food security in its sustainability initiatives.

The nation is witnessing significant changes in its food security landscape, driven by both government bodies and small to medium-sized enterprises.

Abdulaziz Al-Saud, CEO and co-founder of Barakah, a Saudi enterprise dedicated to transforming food security, told Nour El-Shaeri for Arab News that “over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has made significant strides in bolstering its food security.”

Related: Barakah Raises $1.5 Million in a Seed Funding Round

Saudi Arabia, underlined by Al-Saud, is focusing on diversifying and localizing food sources to reduce reliance on imports through significant investments in agri-tech and acquiring overseas farmland.

The adoption of technology, deemed crucial for economic prosperity, is helping address food security challenges.

Precision agriculture, utilizing data analytics, drones, and IoT, is being heavily invested in to monitor crop health, manage irrigation, and control pests.

Additionally, reducing food waste, especially at the household level, is seen as essential for a sustainable future.

As the Middle East and North Africa Climate Week approaches, global leaders are set to convene in Riyadh to discuss the region's sustainability measures and achievements, covering climate, food security, and related topics through workshops, panel discussions, and fireside chats.

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