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A team from the UAE is one of four winners of the second edition of the global FoodTech Challenge in Abu Dhabi.

The team from Dubai-based agritech company Revoltech uses electromagnetic fields to speed up the freezing process, which allows food to be preserved for up to 50 years.

Other companies sharing the win with Revoltech are:

  • Aguagrain — Creating a soil improver made from organic waste that can absorb 30 times its weight in water, supplying water and food to crops. It requires no fertilizers.
  • Sustainable Planet — Developing a plant-based protein that can be grown in salt water, with 20 times less water than other protein isolates require.
  • Orbisk — Using AI technology to quantify food waste to reduce food-waste cost, water waste and carbon emissions.

The Abu Dhabi Ministry of Climate Change and Environment started The FoodTech Challenge to encourage sustainable food production and address food waste.

The winners of the 2022 FoodTech Challenge will share a U.S.$2 million prize. The prize also includes start-up incentives, mentorship programs and grants. Close to 700 applicants from 79 countries applied for this year’s competition.

Others who have won the award have had success bringing their projects to life.

One of the winners from the first edition was Ryan Lefers of Saudi Arabia-based Red Sea Farms. Red Sea Farms builds sustainable technologies to grow food in such harsh environments as deserts.

For prospective participants in future FoodTech competitions, Lefers advises, “Carve out time to wholeheartedly invest in the process of the FoodTech Challenge because ultimately, it is an investment in your business. It is worth it to create a thoughtful application and to engage fully in all of the mentor sessions,” in an interview with FoodTech Challenge.

Global food insecurity is on the rise. The World Food Programme estimates 345.2 million people in the world will be food insecure in 2023 — double what it was in 2020.

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