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INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION


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TIME

SESSION

SPEAKERS

07:00 – 08:00
Hotel Catedral Almería

Fellows Board Meeting / Breakfast

Fellows will take taxi to the Auditorium

07:15, 07:30, and 07:45

Buses depart Puerto de Almería (see map) for Auditorio Maestro Padilla

One bus will be doing 3 trips for people who would like to use the bus to go to the Auditorium. Others might prefer to walk as it is not far from the city center.


08:00 – 08:30
Lobby: Auditorio Maestro Padilla

Registration


08:30 – 08:45
Center Stage

Welcome

Conference Greeting

Yvonne Colomer
Executive Director, Triptolemos Foundation, IFAMA Board Member (Spain)

German Fernandez
CEO & President, ISAM (Spain);
IFAMA 2024 Conference Chair

08:45 – 09:45
Center Stage

SESSION 1
Transforming our food and farming production systems – How will innovation change agriculture in the next 10 years?

Innovation and technology are changing every aspect of farming and food production. The upheaval in the food supply chain, from fruits to flowers, vegetables to row crops and livestock has been enormous and is accelerating. Using examples from the Almería model, the changes in European agriculture and globally the panel will seek insights into the nature of the farm a decade from now.

Keynote

Aidan Connolly
CEO, AgriTech Capital; President IFAMA  (USA)

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Aidan Connolly
CEO, AgriTech Capital; President IFAMA (USA)

Panelists

José Luis Molina
CEO Hispatec (Spain)

Arturo Lizon Nordström
Global MAAVi Lab Director, Kimitec (Spain)

Joaquín Pozo Dengra
R&D Director, Biorizon Biotech (Spain)

Marcelo Rodrigues
Associate Professor, University Brasilia,
& Krilltech Nanoagrotech (Brazil)

09:45 – 10:45
Center Stage

SESSION 2
The seeds of disruption – Re-imagining genetics and novel agrifood ecosystems

The significance of the seed sector—considering both its scale and structure—has a profound impact on research and development, which in turn affects Spain's export industry. The seed sector is a critical component of the economy, presenting unique challenges while driving innovation and technology for farmers and producers. It plays a key role in shaping agrifood ecosystems, with producers influencing upstream activities and consumers guiding developments downstream.

Keynote

Ben Rivoire

Sustainability and Crop Value Chain Manager, International Seed Federation (Switzerland)

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Jack Keeys
Managing Director, J. Keeys Consulting,
IFAMA Young Board Chair


Panelists

Eduard Fito
President, Semillas Fitó (Spain)

Andrea Álvarez
Agribusiness Development Manager, UNICA (Spain)

Antonio Villaroel
Secretary General, ANOVE (Spain) 


10:45 – 11:10
Center Stage

Cultural and Governmental Welcome

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Junta de Andalucía

Anabel Veloso
Flamenco Dancer

11:10 – 11:30
Main Lobby

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00
Stage 2


Student Case Competition – Grand Showcase I
GRADUATE TEAMS – FINALS

This is the 19th year that IFAMA has hosted a Global Student Case Competition. Thirty teams of students and young professionals from around the world have traveled to Almería to compete for the title of World Champion in the only case competition specifically geared for the agribusiness sector. The top advancing teams in three divisions (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Early Career Professionals) will demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills before a panel of judges. All conference attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the grand finale of this capstone event showcasing new talent and future leaders in agribusiness.

 12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30
Center Stage

SESSION 3
From villain to victor Can agriculture solve humanity’s biggest challenges and simultaneously save the planet?

What works and what doesn’t? A discussion about the global trends using practical examples of the challenges at different levels of the supply chain of agribusinesses (upstream and downstream). Case studies and examples of how decision makers in finance (debt and capital) are using novel instruments to change the ways in which we use and finance land, food production, intermediaries, providers, technology and consumers. Brainstorming what to expect to see in the next 5 years. 

With the inherent challenges in the transition to sustainable agriculture how we address the threat of climate change, environmental impact, and diversity loss. Can the Green deal and environmental legislation really help accelerate the availability of biological crop protection solutions?

Keynotes

Jack Bobo
 
CEO Futurity, Director Food Systems Institute, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)

Peter Maes
Chief Strategy Officer, Koppert Biological (Belgium)  

Pierre Broun
Director Climate Resilient Agriculture, Topain and Director of Agriculture & Livestock, NEOM (Saudi Arabia)

Sylvain Charlebois
Professor & Director, Food Analytics Lab, University of Dalhousie (Canada)


14:30 – 15:30
Center Stage

SESSION 4
Beyond the buzzwordsCan regenerative agriculture result in a more resilient food system?
    
 

Regenerative Agriculture is a new trend with an old concept. Besides its broad definition, as of today, there are different perspectives on the how to scale regenerative agricultural practices and commercial inputs in a competitive environment and learning from the shortcomings of “organic” failed as an alternative to conventional approaches. Europe has taken the lead with SBT’s and the CSRDD/CSDDD directives impacting every aspect of farming. Vertical and indoor farming, hydroponics, and even conventional outdoor precision farming will be reviewed in a session designed to present the challenges and potential solutions for scaling regenerative agriculture and offers insights and deep discussions of whether regenerative agriculture is just a fad, a need, or a true opportunity for modern agribusiness sectors in the future.

Keynote

Tony Salas
CEO and Founder Shared X (Peru)

Panel Discussion

The panel will discuss the supply chain as seen on the frontlines in developing countries and trends in regenerative-controlled agriculture farming encompassing vertical farms, insect protein production, cellular meat production, alternative food proteins, and more.

Panelists

Alfonso Chico de Guzman
Primary Partner, The Regeneration Academy (Spain) 

Kai Wirtz
Global Head of Food Value Chain Partnerships, Bayer (Germany)

15:30 – 16:00 
Main Lobby


Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00
Center Stage

SESSION 5
A century of Cooperativism has helped the farmer – Models of how Coops are reinventing themselves for the modern era

The Coop model has endured but does it need to adapt to the continued consolidation of farm size, technology, and the requirements of professionalizing management and talent? Does management needs a different mindset? What are the best practices of public and private global models? A discussion of the European experience, current challenges in the America’s and the pivot to collaborative farming consolidation.

Michael Cook
Professor, University of Missouri (USA)

Showcase

Enrique de los Rios presents the evolution of a cooperative model he founded growing it from small to large. His theory demonstrates how new cooperatives are evolving to keep up and stay ahead of the future. Most cooperatives in the advanced agricultural economies that were poorly managed have collapsed or have merged. Today’s cooperatives are now governed by farmers who are very skilled agribusiness managers.

Enrique de los Rios
General Manager, UNICA (Spain)

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Cynthia Giagnocavo
Cátedra, Chair of Agriculture, Cooperative Studies and Sustainable Development, University of Almeria (Spain)

Emilio De Leon
Livestock Production Director, COVAP (Spain)

Gabriel Rodriguez Marques
Country Representative, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (Paraguay)

Marga Vintges
Strategic Advisor & Project Manager, Greenport West-Holland (Netherlands) 

17:00 – 17:10
Center Stage

WIKIFARMER SHOWCASE

Presenter: Miguel Colmenero
Commercial Director, Wikifarmer (Spain)

17:15 – 18:00 
Stage 2 

Student Case Competition – Grand Showcase II
UNDERGRADUATE TEAMS – FINALS

This is the 19th year that IFAMA has hosted a Global Student Case Competition. Thirty teams of students and young professionals from around the world have traveled to Almería to compete for the title of World Champion in the only case competition specifically geared for the agribusiness sector. The top advancing teams in three divisions (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Early Career Professionals) will demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills before a panel of judges. All conference attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the grand finale of this capstone event showcasing new talent and future leaders in agribusiness.

18:15 and 8:30

Buses depart Auditorio Maestro Padilla for Puerto de Almería (see map)

One bus will be doing 2 trips for people who would like to use the bus to go to the Puerto de Almaría. Others might prefer to walk as it is not far to the city center from the Auditorio.

20:00 – 23:00
Hotel Catedral Almería

IFAMA Board Meeting / Dinner     Hotel Catedral Almería (see map)



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