Day One - October 15, 2019 Morning

Ministerial Welcome
Opening Keynote: The Future of Food Production
Opening Panel: Tackling the Nutrition Agenda from the Ground Up

As momentum builds behind sustainable, healthy diets and the consequences of industrial agricultural practices, what new thinking is required to scale the technologies and high impact solutions that exist today into more sustainable farming systems and supply chains?
In a system that is designed around business as usual, how do we optimise for environmental stewardship and nutrition?

Field Perspectives: Matching Innovation to Farmers’ Needs

• What keeps farmers awake at night? From labour shortages and input costs to regulatory change, what are the biggest hurdles that they face and how does this drive their investment strategy on the farm?
• What insights are farmers looking for and how do we build a digital platform to meet those needs? With consumers wanting greater transparency and traceability from farm to table, how do farmers connect with consumer trends?
• What contribution do farmers want to make to sustainability? What regulatory framework could enable farmers to become climate champions of tomorrow?

Networking Coffee Break
AI Powered Agricultural Platforms & Building the Infrastructure to Scale Solutions
Digital Frontiers: Integrating Platforms for Smarter Field Systems

• How are digitally enabled platforms allowing us to solve some of agriculture’s biggest problems today?
• How do you make platforms accessible to big and small users, different crops and different regions? What are the challenges in scaling solutions? What platform solutions are being pioneered to bring holistic solutions to the farmer?
• What advances are being made to make solutions smarter? What new sensors are needed to take this to the next level? How will AI, ML and next generation 5G networks change the game for precision farming?
• Technology giants AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM are offering solutions to fill the gaps in infrastructure and offer scalable solutions. What momentum does this bring to the sector, and how are they enabling both big and small players to differentiate their services?

Fireside Chat: What Does it Take to Move from a Small-Scale Company to a Large Company with Global Impact?
Networking Lunch Break

Day One - October 15, 2019 Afternoon

How Quickly is EU Regulation Paving the Way for Sustainable Solutions in Crop Protection?

The cost of bringing new molecules to market has risen by 55% in the last 20 years. Customers are demanding innovation at a time when costs are increasing and discovery is taking longer. Many start-ups are unaware of the time for a company to bring products to market. So, how can companies navigate the regulatory process? How can we de-risk this process and reduce late stage failures?

Synthetic Biology: Engineering Next Gen Products
Building Biologicals into Integrated Crop Protection Platforms

With a gathering regulatory and legal storm over the use of traditional inputs and concerns over the future of soil health, the industry and farmers urgently need alternatives. What biological and microbial solutions are on the horizon and how are these being integrated with traditional solutions to close the widening gap in available crop protection products?
• What impact have the mega mergers had on the biologicals sector? How are mid-tier players and distributors waking up to the possibilities for collaboration? What consolidation are we seeing in the smaller companies? How are niche biological products driving licensing and acquisition strategies for larger players as they look to build out their capabilities?
• How is regulation being harmonised in Europe and worldwide to speed up time to market for biologicals? What can we expect in the short and longer term?

Networking Roundtables
  1. Beyond Pesticides: How can we accelerate the integration of alternative solutions?
  2. Marketing Precision Farming: Proving the benefits of digital farming to customers
  3. Scale Up: How do you create start-ups that can stand up on their own?
  4. CRISPR: What is the status of gene editing from a regulatory and IP perspective?
  5. The Rise and Rise of Alternative Proteins: Where are the opportunities further down the value chain?
  6. Agri-FinTech: How will these solutions scale in Europe?
  7. Robotics: How do you create a VC-backable start-up in the robotics space?
  8. Regenerative Agriculture: Which technologies can support it, and does it scale?
  9. Investors: Which VCs have access to real world class talent?
  10. Biological Diversity: What does a climate emergency mean in food and agriculture?
  11. Indoor Farming: What crops are going indoors next?
  12. Business Models: What new business models are emerging in agriculture?
  13. Distribution: Building a path to market for smaller players
  14. Go-to-Market: What new “as-a-service model” are we going to see emerge in agriculture?
  15. Tracking & Tracing: How are retailers reaching back to the farm? What tools to they need?
  16. Synthetic Biology: Do we need plants to feed people?
  17. Precision Farming: New partnership models and platform solutions
  18. Technology Partnerships: Which players will create the enabling technologies, and are these different from the incumbents?
  19. Hemp: Breeding crops for the bio-based economy
Networking Coffee Break
The Innovators Showcase: In-Field Sensors, Robotics, IoT, Tracking & Tracing

Meet four innovators who are looking to disrupt the agricultural industry. Each presenting company will have seven minutes to showcase their vision to a panel of industry judges.

Building a Financing Foundation in Agri-Food Innovation

Global venture investment in technologies which target food and agriculture has surged. Looking beyond acquisition, how is the investment community poised to scale up solutions?
How do investors see their role in underpinning the innovation ecosystem? What segments are they targeting and why?

Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — October 16, 2019 Morning

The Impact of Market Consolidation in Agriculture
Agile Innovation: Creating Value Through Collaboration

What are the alliance and collaboration odels that are bringing new solutions to market today? What have been the biggest success stories?
• How are large companies looking to augment and complement existing innovation pipelines to drive growth?
As technology continues to drive democratisation within agriculture, how will business models need to evolve between corporates and innovators? What will the industry structure look like in the future? Who will hold the seat of power?
With the global food innovation agenda continuing to accelerate, how can agribusinesses engage effectively to help the food industry innovate faster and better?

The Innovators Showcase: Seeds, Synthetic Biology, Soil Health, Crop Protection

Meet four innovators who are looking to disrupt the agricultural industry. Each presenting company will have seven minutes to showcase their vision to a panel of industry judges.

Networking Coffee Break
Europe & CRISPR – What’s Next?
Growing Crops for Nutrition: Designing Healthier Food from the Seed Upwards

African Orphan Crops Breeding Programme

Today, agriculture is served by fewer than 30 crops with 40% of our daily calories coming from three stable crops that provide very little nutritional value. The global food industry has an enormous opportunity to improve diets. The convergence of new breeding technologies, bioinformatics and machine learning are accelerating discovery and new trait development, so what are we doing to improve the nutritional value of traditional crops, whilst keeping them affordable, replicable and scalable?

The Rise & Rise of Plant Based

In 30 years, alternative proteins could account for 30% of the industry. How are we going to get there?  Which crops are being targeted and optimised for the emergence of the plant-based diet? What industrial partnerships and collaboration are needed up and down the value chain?

Networking Lunch Break

Day Two — October 16, 2019 Afternoon

Deep Dive: Robotics & Automation in Next Gen Food Production

Robots and automation backed by AI, ML and big data are set to revolutionise the way we produce and harvest food. How quickly are these technologies coming to agriculture? How will these new systems plug into the supply chain now and in the future? What technology partners and investment are needed to make the leap forwards and accelerate development?

From precision spraying, mechanical weeding and harvesting to indoor food production, we will hear four perspectives on next generation food systems.

Supply Chain Insight: Digitising Quality from Farm to Table

Consumers, food companies and retailers are pushing for greater oversight and control of the food supply chain to ensure they are delivering quality products.  How do we overcome the challenges within complex food supply chains to deliver technologies and solutions that match the food industry’s needs? Where do we need to get to in 5-10 years from now?

Networking Coffee Break
Disrupting the Farm Business with Digitally Enabled Business Models

How is digitisation disrupting traditional farming operations and the agricultural marketplace?
From greater transparency in crop pricing, crop insurance and input pricing to better access to finance and technologies, what ecosystems are being created that promise to get close to the customer’s needs?
With business model innovation still in its infancy, what could the next Amazon, Spotify or Netflix model look like in agriculture?

Future Outlook: What Can We Expect from a Maturing Agri-Food Investment Scene?

In 2018 the agri-food industry attracted $16.9 billion in investment. As the sector continues to mature, how are investors’ strategies and investment theses evolving? What ripple effect can we expect from the Impossible IPO?
What consolidation are we seeing amongst the smaller, innovative players? How will this impact the broader innovation ecosystem?
Corporate venture activity is continuing to see strong activity. What partnerships and investment are being sought?
• A huge amount of money has flowed into agriculture and the sector is in urgent need of some exits – so, when is the investment community set to see a return on its investment?

Close of Summit