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Spain-Thailand Unite for Sustainable Food Tech Innovation

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After COVID-19 has passed, the world is igniting on fostering collaboration to tackle the uncertain future that could happen in no time. Geography is not a hindrance anymore. The country’s leaders and tech experts are coming together to explore innovative ways to address global challenges and promote mutual understanding. In this era of interconnectedness, the realisation that no single nation can thrive in isolation has sparked a new wave of cooperation.

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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the significance of international technological collaboration cannot be overstated. In light of the growing scarcity of food resources, countries recognise the need to pool resources and share advancements to ensure food security.

In light of this, the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) of the Kingdom of Spain, leaders and experts convened at the Spain-Thailand Innovation & Tech Dialogue Platform.

The dialogue platform aimed to catalyse transformative collaborations in sustainable food technologies. The convergence of expertise from TISTR and CDTI created a dynamic space where innovative ideas were exchanged, fostering a shared vision for a future where technology plays a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable and resilient food industry

Regarded as the “Kitchen of the World”, Thailand has abundant agricultural resources, a skilled agricultural workforce, and its status as the globe’s second-largest rice exporter and a significant contributor to the production of fruits, vegetables, and fishery goods, Thailand grapples with the intricate challenge of maintaining food security.

Hence, some agencies have emphasised the importance of international collaboration in driving innovation, particularly in areas crucial for sustainable development. The necessity of technological advancements in ensuring food security has become increasingly apparent. As Thailand grapples with the intricate task of fortifying its food security measures, the call for collaborative efforts on a global scale resonates strongly.

This forum highlighted the roles of CDTI and the Programme Management Unit for Competitiveness (PMUC) in promoting technological cooperation. It provided an overview of Spain and Thailand’s research and development capacities. Particular emphasis was placed on Circular Economy and Agrifood leadership, aligning with global priorities for sustainable practices.

Further, this forum also held the matching meeting (B2B, R2B, R2R Meetings) parallel to the EU-Thailand Conference on Circular Economy and Food Technology. This segment aimed to deepen knowledge and understanding of funding opportunities under Horizon Europe in circular economy and food technologies. It also sought to foster collaborative research and development cooperation between the European Union and Thailand.

The dialogue platform catalysed knowledge exchange, offering a dynamic space for researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders to explore innovative solutions to address challenges in the food industry. With a focus on circular economy principles and sustainable practices, the collaboration is poised to drive advancements in functional foods while addressing agrifood waste valorisation.

The collaboration not only underlines the commitment of both nations to technological innovation but also signifies a step towards forging lasting partnerships that transcend borders. As the global community strives for sustainable solutions, such international dialogues contribute to a shared vision for a healthier, more sustainable future.

By bringing together expertise from Spain and Thailand, this platform opens new avenues for research, development, and strategic partnerships, particularly in the critical areas of sustainable food technologies and circular economy practices. As the Spain-Thailand collaboration thrives, it marks the nation’s initiative for food security preparedness.

Additionally, this forum also highlights the transformative power of technology, diplomacy, and shared vision in shaping a more sustainable and interconnected future for all. The collaborative spirit evident in this partnership reflects a broader shift in the international landscape towards unity and cooperation for future sustainable nations.


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