1-2 April 2019. Abu Dhabi. Born with the belief that continuous innovation in agriculture is the only way to sustainably feed nine billion people by 2050, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Since 2014, GFIA events have welcomed over 20,000 visitors and worked with over 50 globally significant partners committed to using the Forum as a catalyst for change.
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- Sky Kurtz, Cofounder and CEO, Pure Harvest Farms - Middle East’s food challenge in
perspective: Population growth, little water, extreme weather is a recipe for import dependence and food security challenges. Pure Harvest will address how it is helping to tackle these challenges using state-of-the-art controlled-environment agriculture solutions and IoT.
Delivery of saltwater-based agriculture
- Dr Mark Tester, Professor of Bioscience, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) - Water is the primary limiting factor in agriculture in the Middle East and in many other places globally. And agriculture is by far the largest single consumer of water in the region and around the world. Dr Tester elaborated on how seawater-based agriculture is possible and should be adopted rapidly and widely.
- Dr Pedro Andrade Sanchez, Associate Specialist, Precision Agriculture Biosystems
- Thomas Nivert, Sales Director for Middle East and East Africa, ALLFLEX SAS - Livestock
- Dr Srikanth Rupavatharam, Scientist (Digital Agriculture), ICRISAT - Artificial IntelligenceProgressive Environmental and Agricultural Technologies (PEAT) to benefit smallholder farmers. ICRISAT is collaborating with PEAT on Plantix, a smartphone app. Plantix uses deep learning and automatic image recognition to detect pests, diseases, identify nutrient deficiencies and monitor crop health across regions. Dr Rupavatharam also shared ICRISAT’s recent work on using AI to monitor an invasive pest on maize crops that was introduced for the first time in India.
Innovating The Future of Food Systems: A global scan for the Title innovations needed to transform food systems in emerging markets by 2035.
‘The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI)’ along with ‘The Rockefeller Foundation’ has published a report, which included 22 investible innovations as immediate solution to reduce the problem of postharvest food loss and to feed the growing population in a sustainable way.
These innovations cover a variety of solutions, including:
- Packaging and Processing,
- Storage and Transport,
- Life Sciences,
- Data Collection
- and Monitoring and Enabling Innovations.