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Futura Food to Unveil qBites at STEP Start Dubai 2020
February 11-12, 2020
Futura Food will attend STEP Start Dubai 2020 next week and unveil a beta version of our new product qBites. Check our twitter feed (@FuturaFood) for info on our booth. Stop by or schedule a meeting with our co-founders attending, Jeremy Zidek and Lamis Jomaa.
Futura Food Competes in Startup World Cup Regional Final
November 27, 2019
Futura Food was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Startup World Cup Qatar regional final. Founder Jeremy Zidek pitched the company's new product, currently under development, called qBites. Despite being pre-revenue, Futura Food's product qBites was selected as a top 10 finalist out of hundreds of other startup ideas. It's quite an accomplishment to get into such a competition at this stage (ostensibly 1 year too early), and we're hopeful for continuous improvements and an even better showing next year. Look for qBites in June of 2020 in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.
Futura Food co-founders attend World Economic Forum
July 1, 2019
Futura Food co-founders Jeremy Zidek and Lamis Jomaa attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions for the second straight year. This year's meeting was held in Dalian, China and focused on the future of globalization and the new, forth industrial revolution.
Futura Food completes accelerator program
June 19th, 2019
Futura Food participated in the Investor Showcase today in Muscat, Oman after participating in the Techween Accelerator Program for 4 months. The program was run by the Oman Technology Fund (OTF) in collaboration with the National Digitial Research Centre (NDRC), and early stage investor and accelerator program out of Dublin, Ireland. The 4-month program included customer discovery, product-market fit, pitch coaching, and much more mentoring, including a 2-week immersion trip to Ireland for additional coaching in the European market by NDRC. After the program, OTF became Futura Food's first investor, making a pre-seed investment of $50,000, which Futura Food intends to use primarily on product development as well as early testing and marketing.
Futura Food attending STEP 2019
February 9th, 2019
Futura Food will be attending STEP 2019 in Dubai on February 13-14, 2019 at Dubai Internet City. Please stop by and see our booth at Step Startup and learn more about our exciting new product under development, qFoods. You can also watch CEO and co-founder Jeremy Zidek pitch qFoods in the pitch competition.
Futura Food Founders Attend World Economic Forum
September 17, 2018
Futura Food co-founders Jeremy Zidek and Lamis Jomaa attended the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Tianjin, China.
The WEF is one of the premier global summits discussing innovation, science, technology, and promoting entrepreneurship around the world.
Lamis also contributed a presentation titled "Managing Climate Migration". With an estimated 200 million people globally expected to be displaced by 2050 due to climate change, this presentation is particularly prescient.
For more information on Dr. Jomaa's contributions to the WEF, please navigate here.
Futura Food to attend GFIA Europe
April 16th, 2018
Futura Food will attend the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA Europe) in Utrecht, Netherlands from June 20-21. Join us there!
Futura Food teams up with UNDP to assess agricultural development and food security
July 13, 2017
Futura Food has teamed up with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSCC) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assess agricultural development and food security in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region and the Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS) region. The focus of the project will be an assessment of South-South and triangular cooperation using public-private-partnership (PPP) in the agriculture sector as a modality of development. Please check our projects page for more information.
Futura Food Joins the Future Earth Network
May 25, 2017
Futura Food, LLC continued to build its collaborative network today by joining the Future Earth network of research collaborators. Future Earth is a large international research platform that aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, primarily focusing on climate change and biodiversity. For more information on this network, please click the link below.
Futura Food Joins GODAN
May 24, 2017
Futura Food has joined GODAN, the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition. GODAN is a network dedicated to spearheading innovation in food security by promoting open data. The idea for this coalition was launched at the 2012 G-8 Summit, with GODAN officially launching in October of 2013. Since then, the partnership has grown to 536 organizations and promises to grow even larger. Futura Food is proud to be a partner and to promote open data to solve food security issues wherever and whenever possible. For more information, or to join GODAN, please click the button below.
Futura Food joins UN Global Compact
May 5, 2017
Futura Food has agreed become an SME member of the United Nations Global Compact Network. We have decided to engage first through Lebanon given our current work collaborating with the American University of Beirut mapping dietary patterns to environmental sustainability outcomes. Futura Food president Jeremy Zidek says "From the start, Futura Food was founded to create value commercially and in research endeavors that align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, we wanted to create a 21st century company that truly believes that success requires a bottom-up approach as well as a top-down approach. We are only as good as the people we employ and the work that we do. Becoming a part of a network with the aim of supporting sustainable business practices, including the SDGs, in order to create a better world for future generations was really a no-brainer for us."
As part of the UN Global Compact Network, Futura Food will be required to adhere to 10 guiding principles:
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
As part of our participation in the Global Compact, we will be submitting a Communication on Progress (COP) document within the next two years and every two years thereafter. The COP describes our efforts in supporting the 10 guiding principles mentioned above as well as our adherence to the UN's SDGs. As our reports become available, check back here in our news section to review.
Futura Food attending GFIA Europe
April 26, 2017
Futura Food, LLC will be attending the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) at the Jaarbeurs Exposition Center in Utrecht, Netherlands from May 9-10, 2017. We have a lot of interesting development happening over the next 1-2 years, but we also have the capability and expertise to help your business out as well. Look us up and meet us there!
Futura Food to attend Hidden Hunger Congress in Stuttgart, Germany
February 2, 2017
Futura Food will be attending the 3rd International Congress on Hidden Hunger in Stuttgart, Germany from March 20-22, 2017. This conference will focus on post-2015 agenda and sustainable development goals (SDGs) and will be attended by numerous universities, private companies, NGOs, and government officials from around the world, all interested in achieving zero hunger. Futura Food will be there talking about the qCaln in this context and how its expansion can help achieve the SDGs. Click the button below to find out more information on the conference, and join us there.
Futura Food invents new unit of measure for nutrition in collaboration with AUB
November 22, 2016
Futura Food, LLC president Jeremy Zidek and American University of Beirut (AUB) professor Dr. Lamis Jomaa have teamed up to invent a new unit of measure for food quality. Ideally, this unit of measure will be able to help bridge the gap between nutrition and agriculture as well as make food quality selections easier for consumers. The proof of concept is published in the Nutrition Journal, and the open access version can be accessed here (http://www.nutritionj.com/content/15/1/96) or directly from the Nutrition Journal web site from the button below. Jeremy Zidek is the corresponding author on the paper, so feel free to write us with any questions, concerns, or potential collaborative efforts if interested. Dr. Nahla Hwalla, dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at AUB, also contributed to the peer-reviewed paper, particularly in the application of the MyPlate. She was also instrumental in providing overall guidance and key feedback in developing the qCaln.
Open Source Citation: Jomaa, L. H., Hwalla, N. C., & Zidek, J. M. (2016). Development of a standardized measure to assess food quality: a proof of concept. Nutrition Journal, 15(1), 96.
Futura Food attends BDL Accelerate 2016
November 7, 2016
Recently the Banque du Liban sponsored an event called Accelerate 2016 (http://bdlaccelerate.com/2016/) aimed at increasing small and medium business enterprises in the region. The event included workshops and plenary sessions on innovation, business design, technology, business ecosystems, and finance. This was a major event with headline speakers including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc. As Lebanon seeks to become the technology hub of the region, bridging the markets between Europe and Asia, Futura Food was interested in expanding out brand in the region as well. One unique opportunity in particular caught the attention of Futura Food president Jeremy Zidek: The Elevate Accelerator sponsored by AltCity in collaboration with UNICEF (www.elevatemena.com). Jeremy said, "What is interesting about this particular opportunity is the acknowledgement by this particular group at AltCity of the importance of facilitating the work of small businesses with ideas that are both profitable and help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). If we are to achieve the SDGs and create the trillions of dollars in yearly capital necessary to finance the solutions, then part of the solution must be engaging the private sector to take some of these new ideas and create new profitable products, and then take them to scale in a sustainable manner."
Look for more information about the conference in our next blog story coming soon titled: "Beirut wants to become the new Silicon Valley: why this might actually happen". Additionally, to read more about the collaborative AltCity/UNICEF accelerator, click the button below.
AUB releases major data storage platform for food security
September 30, 2016
One of the major shortcomings of research conducted in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region is the availability of quality data. Whether this data is used as input to model simulations, providing context to results generated in academic research, or directed toward decision support and informed policies, the need for quality and transparent data is ever more paramount in describing complex systems. Recognizing this fact, researchers in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut have created a centralized, dynamic, online storage platform to serve as a national development and food security atlas. Starting with over 100 indicators based on data describing socioeconomic characteristics, agriculture, health and nutrition, demographics, the environment, and much more, the site promises to be of immense value to researchers looking to add value insight to their projects. Lebanon spatial follows and expands the resolution of national-scale data collected in the Arab Spatial platform (http://www.arabspatial.org/).
AUB celebrates food and nutrition security in the MENA region
September 30, 2016
Recently, Futura Food attended a one-day program at the American University of Beirut (AUB) titled, "Celebration of Food & Nutrition Security in the Middle East and North Africa". The Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FAFS) at AUB promotes sustainable food patterns, believing that a healthy earth produces healthy foods which feed healthy people. The program started with keynote addresses from Clemens Breisinger of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Mahmoud Solh, the director-general of International Center for Agricultural Research In the Dry Areas (ICARDA) regarding the current state of food security in the MENA region. Following the morning sessions, Dr. Hwalla, dean of FAFS at AUB, and Hamid El Bilali, a researcher at Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, took part in a panel discussion describing how sustainable diets are crucial for a sustainable future in the MENA region.
The early session talks focused on the current status of food security (or insecurity) in the MENA region. As is typical, these talks weighed heavily on agriculture, and economic data. Essentially, food production and food availability were given preference. The afternoon panel discussion produced a message on how to approach the issue of food insecurity from a bottom up approach, focusing on nutrition. The take home message from these talks indicate that solutions to food security, particularly in an age of climate change, will require holistic solutions that focus both on agriculture best management practices and appropriate nutrition interventions. Futura Food is currently working with AUB to provide expertise in mapping dietary patterns to resource inputs. For more information, or if you're interested in conducting research mapping your country or regions's own dietary patterns to agriculture sustainability, please contact us at Futura Food.
Futura Food attends InfoAg 2016
August 2, 2016
Futura Food recently attended the conference and trade show Info Ag, held annually in the midwestern United States. This year's conference was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Precision Agriculture and presented a unique opportunity to begin to broaden the sharing of knowledge, applications, and opportunities around the world. Interesting observations from InfoAg 2016: the importance of unmanned aerial vehicles, satellites, and big data management on the future adoption of precision agriculture. Additionally, unique opportunities are coming soon for students interesting in learning about precision agriculture as described in a session about the future of precision agriculture in our higher level education institutions. Click the button below to find out more about the 2016 proceedings and plan for 2017. Hopefully we will see you there!
Futura Food at the 13th annual ICPA
July 31, 2016
Futura Food recently attended the 13th annual International Conference on Precision Agriculture in St. Louis, MO, USA. The research topics were broad, with key topics including how precision agriculture affects or is affected by big data, food security, standards and data stewardship, profitability, sustainability, and adoption, and climate change. The take home message: numerous research, application, and commercial opportunities exist in precision agriculture internationally. Given one of our locations in Beirut, Lebanon, we at Futura Food see these opportunities on a daily basis. If your organization is interested in opportunities in precision agriculture internationally, please contact us. Additionally, click the button below for a link to the conference proceedings.