Projects enabled by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) that aim to support Qatar in building a sustainable food supply chain, and their potential impact, have been showcased to dignitaries, government officials, and the nation’s research community.
The latest edition of QNRF’s Research Outcome Seminar (ROS) series – attended by HE Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Metab Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment – focused on food security, one of Qatar’s most pressing challenges, and how QNRF-funded research is producing outcomes that the government and industry can harness to make Qatar self-sufficient in food provision.
Through oral and poster presentations, 11 food security projects – tackling topics including the economics of food security, food waste reduction, date palm research, hydroponic farming, plant production, and food safety – supported by QNRF’s National Priorities Research Program and Undergraduate Research Experience Program, were outlined to, and discussed by, an audience including Dr Hamad Al Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D). The event also included a roundtable discussion between key stakeholders on the nation’s food security challenges, and how science and research can identify solutions to them.
The food security challenges that Qatar faces have gained visibility and relevance during the ongoing economic blockade of the nation, providing added incentive for it to become self-sufficient in terms of its food supply and to discover innovative solutions in this area through research and development.
Dr Abdel Samie Felfel, Senior Program Manager, Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, QNRF said:
Current geopolitical events may have shone a brighter spotlight on the importance of food security, but Qatar has long been aware that self-production of the food the nation needs is one of the key elements of a truly sustainable society, and is committed to supporting research that enables us to achieve this.
For more information on the outcomes of QNRF-funded research, and its portfolio of funding programmes, visit QNRF.