Global agri forum's call to innovators
Abu Dhabi, July 30, 2014
The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), the world’s most influential event for the future of sustainable agriculture, has launched the Call for Innovations for next year’s event to be held in Abu Dhabi on March 9 and 10, 2015.
The deadline for submissions is September 30.
GFIA is held in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. The inaugural event was held in February and brought together leading agricultural innovators, investors, food producers, retailers, governmental delegations, scientists and NGOs over the course of a two-day conference and exhibition.
“As we look to build upon the success of GFIA 2014 and continue to drive the global agricultural revolution, we want to hear from all those working at the cutting edge of food production. GFIA represents an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with governmental, commercial, academic and non-profit partners. Hi-tech or low-tech, a new idea or a firmly established project, if it challenges conventional methods we want to see it,” said Mark Beaumont, GFIA project director.
Stakeholders from companies, NGOs and academic institutions to individuals that either own an innovation that will shape the future of food production, have developed technology that increases yields using less resources, or have an idea to help the world produce enough food for nine billion people, are being invited to present their innovation at GFIA 2015.
All entries should be made online at InnovationsInAgriculture.comand will be judged by an international steering committee.
The programme for next year’s event will cover the entire agricultural spectrum, with a particularly strong focus on Climate Smart Agriculture. Post-harvest technologies and food waste, water, aquaculture, ICT in agriculture, indoor agriculture and crop protection will also all be key themes for GFIA 2015.
“Agriculture is a cause of climate change, but is also part of the solution if sustainable production measures are adopted. For GFIA 2015 we are looking to showcase ‘triple win’ technologies that can help achieve food security, mitigate the effects of climate change and promote adaptability to the vagaries of a changing climate,” said Steering Committee member Dr Joel Cuello, Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Global Institute for Strategic Agriculture in Dry Lands (GISAD) at The University of Arizona.
This year’s inaugural GFIA played host to the world’s largest collection of sustainable agricultural innovations, with over 150 presented during the two-day conference. The event attracted over 3,200 attendees from 61 countries, including 6 ministerial delegations.
“At GFIA 2014 the scale of agricultural innovation on show was inspiring,” said Beaumont.
“We heard from climate smart innovators that had developed drought-tolerant varieties of maize, flood-resistant strains of rice, technologies that transformed biomass into biochar and others that converted the brine produced by desalination plants into micronutrients, high quality water and pure salt. For GFIA 2015 we encourage all those with game-changing ideas and technologies to submit their innovations,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service