UAE Food and Water security office renews collaboration agreement with Islamic Development Bank

Dubai: – The UAE government has revitalised its collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank in relation to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) – a centre that enhances food security through research and development (R&D) into biosaline agriculture in marginal environments.

Through the UAE Food and Water Security Office, the government has renewed its agreement with the Islamic Development Bank, with the new terms focused on R&D into food production from areas that suffer from limited resources.

The agreement was renewed during a virtual ceremony held on Sunday, November 29, 2020 and attended by Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security; H.E. Dr Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group; and several officials and representatives from both entities.

Renewing the agreement effectively extends collaboration on the management and operation of ICBA for another five years. The agreement includes

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7-year-old mistakenly orders 40 food deliveries due to laggy internet

a man holding a sign: 40 food deliveries

40 food deliveries

Residents of Barangay Mabolo, Cebu on Wednesday morning were surprised when over 30 food delivery drivers consecutively arrived in the area after a 7-year old accidentally made multiple online orders due to a laggy internet connection.

According to Nico Sereno’s report on “24 Oras” on Friday, a resident of Sitio Our Lady of Remedies said the child’s internet connection was so slow that the child did not know that they had made multiple orders of chicken and fries.

“Pindot siya ng pindot dahil error so nag create na naman siya ng ibang order kasi error. Kaya ang nangyari nagiging multiple order na siya,” Dann Kayne Suarez said.

The child had ordered from 40 riders. However, only 33 arrived as some canceled.

Meanwhile, Suarez bought four food deliveries from the riders that cost P189 each as he felt sorry for them.

“I was thinking na ubusin na lang

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PS5 Fury As Amazon Customers Are Sent Cat Food Instead Of Consoles

Amazon U.K. is conducting an investigation following several reports of customers being sent items such as cat food and kitchen equipment instead of the PlayStation 5 they ordered.

The PS5 came out on Thursday, since when there have been a host of reports from Amazon customers that their console was substituted for something far less enticing.

Multiple customers have claimed to have opened the Amazon box, only to find pet food instead of a games console waiting inside.

Other unwanted substitutions have included kitchen equipment and toy guns:

It’s not clear whether the incorrect items are being sent because of mistakes at the fulfilment centers or because of something more sinister. A couple of unconfirmed reports suggest customers saw delivery drivers tampering with packages shortly before they were delivered. Amazon employs several different

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Afresh has a $100 million valuation and a software service that keeps food fresh in grocery stores

Afresh, a company selling software to track demand and manage orders for fresh produce in grocery stores, is now worth $100 million.

That hefty valuation comes on the back of a $13 million extension to the company’s latest round of funding, led by Food Retail Ventures and joined by existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Maersk Growth, and Baseline Ventures, the company said.

As part of the round, James McCann, the former chief executive of Ahold USA, a supermarket holding company whose subsidiaries include HEB, Supervalu, and Giant, has joined the company’s board of directors.

Companies like Afresh are tackling the problem of food waste with the same kind of enterprise resource planning technologies that manufacturers have adopted — and getting results. Stores using Afresh reduce food waste by a quarter compared to peers without the technology, the company said. These stores also see a 40% boost to their produce operating

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Design firm calls on developers to include food spaces | The Land

THE “urban farm” continues to grow in popularity and necessity on the back of concern over food shortages.

That’s according to a design consultancy firm which is calling for developers to turn unused land into fruit and vegetable production spaces, in the hopes of incorporating localised food systems into communities.

Urban design and planning business, Hatch RobertsDay has backed one of its Queensland-based senior urban designers, Catherine Simpson, to see what can be done in the space.

Ms Simpson is a director of Brisbane Food City, a collaborative, community-led initiative consisting of several agriculture experts.

RobertsDay contributed to the Brisbane Food City initiative during its early stages.

The idea reimagines Brisbane as a sustainable, localised food system, bringing food production to 190 Brisbane suburbs through farms and hubs by 2050.


Ms Simpson’s expertise, along with Brisbane Food City’s project vision, prompted the firm to engage with developers to

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Food Delivery Is Magical Thinking

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The food delivery company DoorDash on Friday offered the public its first full look at the company’s business and finances. It was mostly not pretty, and it was laced with magical thinking.

The great myth of U.S. food delivery apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Postmates is that these operations will someday become gloriously efficient. This belief is luring people and businesses into digital habits that may be unsustainable mirages, and preventing alternative food delivery ideas that could actually work better for everyone involved.

The grand idea behind food delivery services posits that, at some point, kitchens will churn out perfectly prepared and packaged meals that they hand off seamlessly to the app delivery couriers without them having to lift a finger or idle in their cars.

So many Americans will order

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The food delivery giant files paperwork to go public

DoorDash, the on-demand food delivery company, is preparing to go public at a time when its services are in high demand due to the ongoing pandemic.

a bicycle parked on a city street: A DoorDash delivery worker walks his bike along the road in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, California on Feb 23, 2020.

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A DoorDash delivery worker walks his bike along the road in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, California on Feb 23, 2020.

The company made public its initial public offering paperwork on Friday, revealing that it has generated $1.9 billion in revenue in the first nine months of this year, ending in September. During that time, it incurred losses of $149 million. During the same period in 2019 it lost $533 million.


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However, during the second quarter of this year and amid the pandemic, DoorDash generated a profit of $23 million.

“The pandemic has demonstrated how vital we are to the communities in which we operate,” DoorDash said in the paperwork. “With the pandemic, our platform has become a lifeline

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Dr. Ebony Butler, Licensed Psychologist, And Food Relationship Strategist Gets Real About The Dangers Of Diet Culture And Social Media For Black Women

Medical experts, nutritionists, and others have joined in a chorus rallying against diet culture. Yet, the fixation on diet and body image remains as pervasive and toxic as ever – now with social media adding fuel to the fire. Studies show that accessibility to cosmetic surgery and eating disorders have also aided in the troubling compulsion that America has with weight and the female body. Because the Black female body has been commodified and dehumanized throughout U.S. history, Black women are more venerable when internalizing negative and damaging messages about body image and diet culture.

The dangers of diet culture 

According to Dr. Ebony Butler, a licensed psychologist, and food relationship strategist — diet culture is an ideal standard of beauty in America that associates beauty with thinness. Dr. Ebony added that diet

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E-Commerce Platform Grab Predicts Online Food Orders At Airports Will Hit Ten Million By 2022

Demonstrating that airport, airline and online partnerships can reap rewards during a crippling pandemic, e-commerce platform Grab has taken its airport online orders from zero to five million in five years, but expects that figure to double to ten million within another two.

Software company Grab, founded in 2014, has been providing contactless ordering and payment services in airport restaurants and other outlets in the U.S. since 2015 when the Houston-based start-up launched at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Grab’s five millionth order was transacted this summer at TGI Friday’s in Dallas Fort Worth Airport by a customer using American Airlines’ app. The next five million will take far less time.

Grab CEO Mark Bergsrud tells “It’s taken over five years to get to five million orders. It’s hard to say with the fluidity of travel

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Lyft Shares Gain After Q3 Revenue Beat, Food Delivery Plans

Lyft Inc.  (LYFT) – Get Report shares surged higher Wednesday after the ride-sharing platform detailed its plan to boost food delivery revenues in order to offset the coronavirus-related decline in traffic that continued to hold back earnings potential over the third quarter.

Lyft posted a loss of $1.46 per share for the three months ending in September, a narrower tally than over the same period last year but worse than the Street consensus forecast of 91 cents per share. Group revenues, however, surprised to the upside even as they fell 48% from last year to $500 million.

COVID-triggered restrictions on businesses, restaurants and public events in California, the group’s biggest market, meant active riders for the quarter fell 44% to 12.5 million, but both that tally, as well as the $500 million in total revenue, were sequentially stronger than the previous quarter, and Lyft said cost cuts and

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