12th GPCA Agri-Nutrients Conference to focus on the twin goals of food security and net-zeronext month

12th GPCA Agri-Nutrients Conference to focus on the twin goals of food security and net-zeronext month

Building on the success of its 2021 edition, the conference will return to the UAE on 28-29 September 2022 at the Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23August2022–Regional policymakers and the agri-nutrient industry will come together at the 12th annual edition of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Agri-Nutrients Conferenceto address the twin goals of food security and net-zerofrom28-29 September 2022 at the Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai, UAE.

The conferencewill be held under the theme ‘Resolving Global Food Challenges with Agri-Nutrients’ and attract hundreds of industry leaders from across the agri-nutrients value chain. The prevalence of moderate to severe food insecurityhas been increasing slowly since 2014, with the estimatedincrease in 2020 alone being equal to that of the previous fiveyears combined. Approximately 2.37 billion people across the world – nearly one in three –did not have access to adequatefood in 2020[1].

This puts the often-overlooked agri-nutrients sector at the forefront to play a quintessential role in tackling global food challenges. Approximately half of global food production is made possible today by agri-nutrients2. Given the steady growth of the global population combined with factors, such as land expansion and urbanization, the role of agri-nutrients in feeding the world will be essential for years to come.

Building on the success of its 2021 edition, the 12th GPCA Agri-Nutrients Conference will return to Dubai to facilitate dialogue and collaboration across the agri-nutrients value chain and address future looking topics, including how the industry can enable climate-smart agriculture, the way forward to mitigate fertilizer-related emissions, what investments will be needed to achieve food security in the region[2], and how key global trendsare impacting agri-nutrient markets.

With agriculture estimated to contribute up to 24% of total GHG emissions worldwide3, a key focus at the conference this year will be the role of sustainable agri-nutrients in loweringthe climate impact of the agriculture sector and enabling the transition to net zero. The two-day event will discuss the technologies, innovations, partnerships, and funding needed to decarbonize the industry, while ensuring farmers anywhere in the world are not required to pay more to acquire the necessary nutrients for their food production.

The welcome remarks on day one, 28 September, will be delivered by Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi, CEO, QAFCO and Chairman, Agri-Nutrients Committee, GPCA, while the keynote address entitled‘Agri-nutrients: At the heart of ending global hunger’ will be presented by Alzbeta Klein, Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA). Later that day, Máximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will addressthe ripple effects of the global fertilizer crises and whether they present a threat to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and industry experts willdiscuss the latest advancements in reducing the environmental footprintof agri-nutrients.

Abdulrahman Shamsaddin, CEO, SABIC Agri-nutrients and Vice-Chair, Agri-Nutrients Committee, GPCA, will welcome delegates on day two, 29 September. He will be followed on stage by strategy experts from the industry, who will discussglobal industry M&A trends and regional consolidation trends in a fireside conversation.

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “Ongoing supply chain disruptions as a result of the pandemic, rising food prices and now the Russia-Ukraine conflict mean that the threat offood insecurity for millions of people globally is growing rapidly. I look forward to welcoming global and regional stakeholders from across the agri-nutrients value chain for two days of networking, collaboration and thought-provoking discussions on how we can all work together to address food security challenges within the region and globally, while enabling the transition to net zero.”

Register at: www.gpcaagrinutrients.com

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About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over US$108 billion worth of products every year.

GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.

Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports. For more information, visit www.gpca.org.ae.

[1]11th GPCA Agri-Nutrients Conference Post Event report; Last accessed 29/7/2022 Link

2IFDC And Fertilizer’s Role in Feeding the Future; Last accessed 19/8/2022 Link

3 EPA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 25 February 2022, last accessed 18/8/2022 Link

[2]*The Arabian Gulf relies on imports to meet about 80%-90% of its food demand due to its demographic.

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