(MILAN)

A world leader in vertical farming technology is joining forces with the Rockefeller Foundation to improve food security and tackle climate change.

AeroFarms is partnering with the Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) which is designed to equip urban centres with the tools to tackle these major societal challenges. In practical terms the venture provides participating cities with a Chief Resilience Officer to lead a programme that is connected with local public and private sectors, as well as academia. Members are also able to access an international network of cities who are part of 100RC.

The announcement of the new partnership was made in Milan at this week’s global food innovation summit, Seed and Chips.

AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our considerable expertise and experience to help make cities more food resilient and find effective and creative ways to address food security, and announcing this strategic partnership at the annual Seeds + Chips Global Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy where Milan is one of the 100 Resilient Cities is the perfect way to kick off this program as we look to build responsible farms all over the world.”

The network can tap into the latest analytics and financing options and has partnerships with major organisations, including The World Bank, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, and World Wildlife Fund.

Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities, added: “In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with leading companies like AeroFarms to help build a global resilience movement particularly for food security, just when it is needed most.”