UK to explore global food security at Expo 2020 Dubai

4 June 2021:

How will technological advances change the way we grow and consume food in a world increasingly focused on sustainability? In February 2022, the UK’s leading experts will come together at Expo 2020 Dubai to discuss how the latest innovations in agri-tech and food security can help tackle global challenges.

Between 14th and 19th February 2022, ‘In the Future, What will we Eat?’ will take centre stage at the UK Pavilion. The programme seeks to tackle the issues facing a planet which by 2050 is estimated to have a population of 9.7 billion people 60 per cent increase in demand for food. From food security and agri-tech to eliminating waste and feeding the world, the event promises to proactively address solutions for a more sustainable future.

The programme will include a summit on sustainability, one of Expo 2020’s three subthemes, and food security featuring:

Professor Chris Elliott OBE, Professor of Food Safety and Founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University, Belfast
David Lloyd, Director of ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Speakers in the wider series of panel discussions during the six-day period will include:

Dan Watson, Co-Founder and CEO of SafetyNet Technologies Ltd
Dr Tarifa Al Zaabi, Acting Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
Professor Michel Kaiser, Chief Scientist at Heriot-Watt University
Ignacio Ramirez, Global Head of Operations, Managing Director MENA at Winnow Solutions
Appearing throughout the series of events will also be:

David Farquhar, CEO of IGS Ltd
John McElhone Co-Founder and CEO of CropSafe
Morten Toft Bech, Founder of Meatless Farm
Jamie Crummie, Co-Founder of Too Good To Go.
Laura Faulkner OBE, UK Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai, says: ""With the world’s population set to increase further in the coming decades, smarter and sustainable solutions will be key to relieving the pressure facing the global food supply chain. Innovation coming out of the UK in the agri-tech and food security spaces will play a central role in delivering a sustainable future, so I’m excited to see and hear the ideas, innovations and solutions covered during the programme.

All events will be hosted in the stunning UK Pavilion, a must see highlight at Expo 2020 Dubai that occupies a prime location in the Opportunity District, near to the central Al Wasl Plaza and the huge dome that sits atop it. The UK’s participation theme is ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’. The UK Pavilion will also host the 1851 restaurant, showcasing the best of British food and drink throughout the event.

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the largest event ever held in the Arab world, Expo 2020 Dubai will run for six months from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 – bringing 190-plus countries together in a spirit of hope, optimism and shared purpose. Further details of ‘What will we Eat?’ and the rest of the UK programme will be announced throughout the year as the event grows closer.

For more information and to take a virtual tour of the UK Pavilion visit:

Watch this video from the Department for International Trade on the event themes:

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The UK at Expo 2020 Dubai

The UK is participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. More than 190 nations are taking part with 70% of the visitors expected from around the world. The overarching theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Under the theme ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’, the UK’s participation will boost the country’s global reputation, drive future partnerships and provide long term economic benefit.

The UK’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will be led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), with support from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Department for Transport, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Devolved Administrations. The UK’s presence will consist of a self-build country Pavilion, based in the ‘Opportunity’ district and an accompanying business, cultural, tourism and education events programme.

Find out more on the UK at Expo 2020 Dubai website 

How to cover Expo 2020 Dubai in person at event time or report on the event remotely
 To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited.
 To kick off your journey with Expo 2020, please ensure that you:
1.         Register to access the Media Information System, Tawassul at
Tawassul is regularly updated, providing the latest content assets, including press releases, photographs, audio and video, the electronic media kit, and information on broadcast and photography operations. It also provides you with important information and updates on facilities and services such as media accreditation, visa information for international accredited media, and permits. Access to other media-related systems (Media Asset Management System and Media Bookings System), which will be launched in Q2 2021, will only be permitted to accredited media (see below). Information about these systems can be found on Tawassul.

2.         Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest.
Within this expression of interest, please appoint an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) from within your organisation who will act as the single point of contact with Expo 2020 for media accreditation. Following this, approved media organisations will be provided login details and instructions for the accreditation system to enable them to submit applications.
For support, contact Expo 2020 Dubai’s Media Services team at or +971 (0)56 689 2101.