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

Partner events at GFIA

GFIA has always worked with a large number of influential partners, many of whom choose to host side events for visitors during the event. These workshops are free to attend for all GFIA participants unless otherwise stated.

Events confirmed for 2018 include:

Monday 5th February:

  • 3pm – 4.30pm:Workshop on Do-It-Yourself Low-Cost Sensors and Controls to Manage the Greenhouse Environment. Led by Joel Cuello and Brian Little, The University of Arizona

This Workshop is for farmers who operate greenhouses and other types of controlled-environment cultivation systems where the monitoring, regulation and management of environmental of factors such as temperature, relative humidity, light, water, nutrients are crucial in achieving optimal crop yield and productivity.

The principal aim of this workshop is to teach, through demonstration, the assembly, operation and management of a low-cost monitoring and control system for greenhouses. The major topics and demonstrations will include: real-time, online reporting of sensor information; automation of multiple controls to manage heat, water, light, and power; coordination w/ weather and other environmental databases; ability to communicate information over mobile networks and adhoc WiFi; energy conservation strategies and alternative power sources; knowledge base of support for the untrained.

  • 5pm – 6pm: Agri Innovation Connect. Led by Tech Launch Arizona, Future Agro Challenge, Agrytech

Agri Innovation Connect at GFIA 2018 is a new initiative that connects entrepreneurs, investors and experts to drive the sourcing, financing and commercialisation of sustainable agriculture solutions and technologies. Entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovators from across the world will present their ideas, products or business models to investors and partners. Experts will be on hand to advise on topics such as raising capital and accessing new markets.

Tuesday 6th February:

  • 3pm – 4pm: Workshop on Innovation and entrepreneurship in high-efficiency irrigated agriculture. Led by Nick Brozović, PhD, Director of Policy, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska

The High Plains region of the United States contains one of the largest private investments in irrigation infrastructure worldwide, covering millions of hectares. The region includes much of the central part of the United States and is a globally significant producer of corn, soybeans, and livestock. High Plains agricultural producers are leaders in high-efficiency irrigated commodity crop production, and there is a diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them. Drawing on the experience of the High Plains region, this workshop will provide an overview of current trends and outlook in innovation to support irrigation for commodity crops across the globe.

Multiple kinds of innovation will be discussed, including in-field sensor, drone, and remote sensing technology, new software applications, and new business models, particularly around using peer benchmarking for behavior change. The session will be framed around key pain points for agricultural production. The interactive discussion will focus on opportunities, challenges, and value propositions for new technologies, including data acquisition and telemetry costs, marketing channels, efforts to make data actionable for farm decision making, and roles for public and private sectors to increase technology adoption rates. The workshop will showcase multiple agricultural technology companies and their products. The workshop has a broad target audience: thought leaders in academia, business, and government; investors; and attendees interested in learning about key challenges and opportunities for agricultural technology to support high-efficiency irrigation.




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