Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Innovation in Global Agricultural Systems
A one day event identifying critical insights and debates exploring the challenges and opportunities defining agri-food across developed and developing countries, as well as those that will come to shape it in the future.
The challenges to ensure food and nutrition security for all in today’s world are complex and intertwined with a broad range of political, financial, environmental, technological and social issues. To address these challenges will require radical policy changes, so as to support innovations that do not have negative externalities somewhere else on the planet. This event will provide critical perspectives on whether advanced science and technology can tackle these challenges or whether we need simpler low cost technologies and alternative business models that redefine our consumption patterns. We will bring together leading thinkers from academia, non governmental agencies, government, industry and funders to examine the varied and complex challenges and opportunities presented by the contemporary world. TENTATIVE AGENDA Theme 1: Environment Regenerative agriculture – from Food farming to Carbon farming Reconciling conservation and food security - biodiverse integrated farming and land sparing/sharing debate Making agriculture resource efficient – recycling and valorizing agri waste, integrating circular economy and bioeconomy. Theme 2: Technology Innovation Can frugal innovations democratize the future of farming and feed the world? How can digital transformations balance profitability, productivity and sustainability? Can Biotech support feeding 9bn by 2050 equitably? Theme 3: Born Global Entrepreneurship How to create successful ecosystems for bringing agri innovations to market and scale. Can social enterprise create inclusive markets? Empowering youth and marginalized farmers through agri-entrepreneurship. CONFRIMED SPEAKERS: 1. Dr. Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle 2. Dr. Julian Little, Head of Communications and Government Affairs, Bayer 3. Minni Jain, Director of Operations, The FLOW partnership 4. Prof. Karl Behrendt, Elizabeth Creak Chair in Agri-Tech Economic Modelling, Harper Adams University 5. Sreedevi Devireddy, CEO, SRIX Agri-tech incubator, India 6. Dr. Sachin Shende, CEO, Kisanhub, Cambridge 7. Leslie Berger, Senior Sustainability Consultant, ADAS 8. Oliver McIntyre, National Agriculture Strategy Director, Barclays The event is being organised by The Retail Institute (TRI) at Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University. TRI is one of the UK’s key academic research centres that leads consumer experiences of the future in retail, food & packaging. The funding for this event is through a British Council grant to The Retail Institute entitled “Fostering entrepreneurship for sustainable and inclusive agri-food innovation”.