ABU DHABI - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, attended this evening a lecture entitled "Food in the age of digital technology .. The 4th Agricultural Revolution".

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab in the United States.

Also present were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in Al Ain Region, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Forum for Promotion of Peace in Muslim Societies, Bishop Julius, Representative of Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Sheikhs, ministers, senior officials and diplomats.

Dr. Harper praised the development of the UAE's agricultural sector and the initiatives made towards self sufficiency in certain food crops by employing artificial intelligence and relevant research.

The lecture, the third to be hosted at the Majlis of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, also focussed on exploration and development of future food systems and what the lecturer terms the "Food Computer" � a disruptive, open-source, scalable, controlled-environment agriculture technology platform.

Dr. Harper also spoke about the need to create ''climate democracy'' at the scale of the person in the production of food.

Source: Emirates News Agency