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Innovating for the Future of Food and Agriculture

Keynote Speaker: Bob Reiter, Bayer

Moderator: Vincent Amanor-Boadu

COVID-19 has accelerated pre-existing trends, highlighting the need for transformation of agriculture toward a system that is more resilient, more productive, and more sustainable. Bob Reiter discusses the approach Bayer is taking to tackle these questions and provides concrete examples of how the company is helping to shape agriculture for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the planet.

Food Chain Transparency: A Question of Governance?

Moderator: Kristian Moeller, CEO, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany

Anselm Elles, Managing Partner, AFC Consulting Group AG, Germany; Johan Maris, Director, Peterson Control Union, Netherlands

Organizing transparency in food chains is no longer a question of technologies; they are available and widely tested. A growing number of IT solution providers are competing to be the single go-to platform.

Digitization of Africa’s Agrofood Value Chains: The Effects of COVID-19 on Scaling Up Solutions

Ed Mabaya, Cornell University, USA. 

Moderator: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Professor, Kansas State University, USA

This presentation explores the opportunities and threats presented by COVID-19 and how these will affect the scaling up of digital agriculture solutions across the continent.

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Roundtable Discussion: Food Chain Transparency

Moderator: Kristian Moeller, CEO, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany

Sabbir Nasir, Executive Director, CEO, ACI Logistics Limited, India

Why are major brands reluctant to place all their transparency and traceability data for their competitive food chain with a single commercial and shareholder-value-driven IT platform operator? What should a governance structure look like for a global "honest broker" platform?

Driving Toward the Next Normal: Swimming with Black Swans

Allan Gray, Executive Director, Center for Food and Agricultural Business, Purdue University 

Moderator: Steve Sonka, University of Illinois

The pandemic is reshaping the global landscape and how we are imaging the future. Surviving is imperative, but what about when the dust settles? What will drive these changes and how can we begin to prepare for it now?

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How Technology and Other Trends Are Changing Food

Aidan Connolly, Mary Shelman, and Damian McLoughlin

Straight talk and entertaining opinions about the real challenges facing our food industry as three thought leaders debate the trends and technologies transforming what we eat.

IFAMA Young Board: A Vision for the Future

The IFAMA Young Board launched in 2020 thanks to the generous support of Bayer and several highly committed individuals. This group of early career professionals is helping to mobilize the next generation of thought leaders to promote discussions toward the conversion of education globally in agribusiness and agriculture to integrate technology and market dynamics and match the industry requirements of young professionals for the future.

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