Next week, the Global Forum for Innovation for Agriculture, GFIA, takes place in Europe for the first time. GFIA, which launched in 2014 by the Abu Dhabi government, seeks to leverage partnerships with the world’s powerful organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank, to show the world how technology gives us the only real chance of feeding nine billion people without destroying the environment. GFIA Europe 2017 will host a number of important attendees including The Netherlands’ Minister for Agriculture H.E. Martijn van Dam as well as some of Agriculture’s most prominent companies such as Sygenta and Rabobank.
Open innovation, including open data, is figuring more prominently in food and agricultural businesses' strategies as is the conversation around pre-competitive spaces and how they may benefit all. GODAN, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition - a global initiative set-up to support the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security – will be partnering with the GFIA Europe. GODAN comprises of over 500 partners, including the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) in the USA, The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands, and Department for International Development, (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Open Data Institute in the UK. One of GODAN's funding partners include United States Agency for International Development in the USA.
Through a partnership with GFIA, GODAN will showcase stories of the impact and value of open data in agriculture, food and nutrition for businesses to help them make profitable strategic decisions. GODAN will also explore how open data and standards can foster open innovation and collaborative research as has been seen in other industries.
The European edition of the GFIA will host the Agtech Leaders' Summit to support government, industry and science as hundreds of experts convene to find new ways to ensure sufficient, competitive, safe, and sustainable food production.
The high profile speakers at the event include:
H.E. Martijn van Dam - Minister for Agriculture, The Netherlands
Liam Condon - President of Crop Science Division Bayer AG
Wiebe Draijer - Chairman of the Executive Board Rabobank
Dr Alexandra Brand - EAME Director, Syngenta
Mr Adam Anders -Managing Partner, Anterra Capital
The themes of food security, nutrition, sustainability and innovation in Agriculture are on the international agenda as priorities at the G7 and G20 summits. GFIA Europe 2017 will allow organisations and the private sector the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and debate alongside thought leaders within the industry and agricultural policy makers.
The event will be held May 9th and 10th in Utrecht, Netherlands.