Under the Patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

The Conference Programme

Free to attend and renowned for it’s line-up of innovative speakers, the GFIA conference will present game-changing ideas and inspiration from business and science for food production with the potential to deliver higher yields without damaging our natural resources and climate.

Day One – 5 February 2018

10:30 – 11:00 OPENING CEREMONY

Environmental, climate and political changes are putting increasing pressure on food production systems around the world. How can we harness innovation to feed growing populations? How can we move from ideas to action, from commitments to widespread transformation?

11:30 – 13:00 CROPS

How artificial intelligence and robotics can sustainably enhance crop production
Prof. Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, The University of Sydney and Director of Research and Innovation, the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Australia

Technologies changing the game for water for crops
Nick Brozović, PhD, Director of Policy, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, USA

Wastewater use for irrigating crops: Lessons from UAE
Dr. Asad Sarwar Qureshi, Senior Scientist – Water and Irrigation Management, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), UAE

The value of precision agriculture to the date palm production industry
Bill Haraka, Managing Director, TEC-IB BV

13:15 – 14:15 GLOBAL FARMERS’ AND FOOD PRODUCERS PERSPECTIVE

How are producers around the world implementing innovations that are preserving the planet and giving them a competitive edge?

Dr. Abdulmonem Almarzooqi, CEO, Elite Agro, UAE

Rizvi Zaheed, Managing Director, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd, Hayleys Global Beverages Ltd, Sri Lanka

Speaker TBC, Fonterra, New Zealand

14:30 – 16:00 FARMING UNDER COVER: CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS AND INDOOR FARMING

Indoor Farming concepts for large scale production
Dr. Marc Kreuger, Global Head Innovation, Here, There & Everywhere, Netherlands

Challenge and opportunities in indoor farming
Abdulaziz AlMulla, CEO & Co-Founder, Madar Farms, UAE

Controlled environment growing in semi-arid regions and the Estidamah project
Speaker TBC, Bom Group, Netherlands

The impact of your plastic cover on your yield and crop quality
Tom De Smedt, Export Sales Manager, RKW Hyplast

Day Two – 6 February 2018

10:30 – 12:00 CREATING CHANGE, MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN
The pace of technological innovation is faster than ever and new technologies and innovators have the potential to help agriculture overcome urgent challenges and reshape the future of food production. How can we ensure the right ideas are scaled up, accepted, adapted and reach those who need them?

Moderators: Dr. David Allen, Vice President and Doug Hockstad, Assistant Vice President, Tech Launch Arizona, USA

How to increase investment
Mark Kahn, Co-founder, Omnivore Partners, USA

Startups and young people in agrifood innovation
Ramy Boujawdeh, Agrytech, Lebanon

Smallholder farming and innovation
Colin Christensen, East Africa Policy Director, One Acre Fund, Kenya

Carla Tanas, Co-founder of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers (IDGC), Co-founder of Future Agro Challenge (FAC), Co-Curator of Disrupt, Startup, ScaleUP

12:15 – 13:45 LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTION

Dr. Marc Larousse, Vice President of Business Development, Alltech

Transboundary and Emerging Animal Disease Threats and National Biosecurity in the Middle East Region
Dr. Sameeh M. Abutarbush, DVM, MVetSc, Diplomate ABVP, Diplomate ACVIM; Moderator, MENA Region, The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) and Chairman, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Director, Veterinary Health Center, Jordan University of Science and Technology

14:00 – 15:30 THE ROLE OF CITIES IN FOOD PRODUCTION

Moderator: Christine Zimmermann, President, The Association of Vertical Farming

Cuellos’ Law and the Global Vertical Farming Sustainability Registry Network
Dr. Joel Cuello, Professsor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, The University of Arizona

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Held in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, GFIA works with over 40 globally significant partners committed to using GFIA as a catalyst for change.

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