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Day One — October 16, 2018 Morning

Governmental Address: Future Proofing UK Agriculture Post Brexit
Leaders Debate: Can We Build A Sustainable Agri-Food System That is Fit for A Global Consumer?

• Health conscious consumers and demand for sustainable livestock and aquaculture have triggered a soaring global demand for organic, GMO-free, protein-rich, plant-based and gluten-free speciality crops. What impact will investments in food production have on the supply chain for farmers?
• Sustainability is at the top of the agenda for food and agribusinesses. What are the potential tipping points where technology will make that a business differentiator? How do we communicate the value of technology to consumers and implications for sustainability? What role will entrepreneurs play in this new future?

Removing Obstacles to Farmers’ Investment in Smart Farming
Supply Chain Traceability: Tech-Enabled Food Quality & Traceability from Seed to Table

• Consumers are demanding greater transparency in the food supply chain to understand where food is coming from and what is in it. The demand for organic and speciality production methods will further incentivise growers to verify and authenticate practices to receive premiums on goods. Who will pay for transparency across the supply chain and how is this being incentivised?
• Food quality also has implications for trade and export. What challenges are coming down the pipeline and how are retailers, farmers and agribusinesses responding?
• Technologies such as blockchain and RFID sensors hold the promise to create transparency and assurances, but what are the systems that are needed to enable companies to compete in a global agri-food market?

Networking Coffee Break
The Power of the Microbiome in Restoring Soil Health
Microbes, New Chemistry & Integrated Platforms: Farming’s New Approaches to Crop Protection

• As the understanding and efficacy of biological products continues to improve, and regulations continue to tighten, could agriculture be 100% free of chemical residues in 10 years’ time?
• Market access and adoption remain barriers to entry for smaller companies, so how can smaller companies build a path to a global market with larger players? What results do potential acquirers and partners need to see to prove out claims on yield and efficacy?
• Breakthroughs in above and below ground field phenotyping are emerging that could be game-changing. How long before these are commercially available?
• New approaches to discovery are also creating new chemistry-based crop protection solutions. Is it finally time for innovation in the ag-chem space and how are these synthetic solutions different from traditional chemicals?

Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions
Networking Lunch

Day One — October 16, 2018 Afternoon

Networking Round Tables

We have extended one of the most popular opportunities at World Agri-Tech – the chance to learn and share best practices with your peers. The round table discussions will be moderated by industry leaders who will guide small groups through a variety of topics, including new business models, developments in emerging technologies, corporate acceleration models, regulatory issues, best practices and market expertise from key parts of the world.

Networking Coffee Break
How are Small Companies Leading the Revolution in Gene Editing & Plant Science? What Opportunities are Emerging in High Value Crops?
The Future Innovation Model: How Capital Efficient R&D Drives Value for Growers

• Discovery platforms, screening tools and new libraries backed by bio-informatics and AI are accelerating discovery within agricultural solutions for growers. As the trajectory of consolidation amongst agribusinesses matures, how are the R&D models set to change?
• Are we going to see a trend towards a more pharma-based model where big agribusinesses increasingly rely on smaller companies to provide innovation? Or is there a go-it alone strategy to building a big ag company? What do start-ups need to know now to engineer these collaboration opportunities into a future strategy? How will this impact growers?
• Is there a perfect collaboration model for external corporate innovation? How can start-ups harness the power of traditional agribusinesses and become commercialisation engines?
• How are VCs approaching the investment opportunity from the new intellectual property being developed in chemical and biological discovery? What lessons can ag-VCs take from the pharma industry to smooth the path for venture capital investing?

Growth Finance: How is AgTech being Scaled Up Into International Markets?
Investor Debate: Building a Financing Foundation for Agtech Unicorns

• Agtech is finally growing up but challenges remain around technology adoption onto farms. How are VCs and strategic investors tackling the adoption challenge?
• Historically 95% of agtech exits have occurred via M&A. However, increased VC and M&A activity in 2017 attracted growth investors to support market scaling as the sector matures. Is this trend set to continue?
• Are we going to see more appetite for direct investment from large institutional groups and sovereign wealth fund investors directed into the agtech market?

Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — October 17, 2018 Morning

Agtech in Ukraine: Country Partner Breakfast Briefing

• Ukraine is characterised by some of the largest farming systems in the world, however to date the penetration of cutting edge technology within the CIS region has been low. What is the state of the AgTec space in this region today?
• What are the regional needs from farmers and the agtech sector? Which are the pain points today?
• What is the vision from governments and multilateral institutions? How can global partnerships and collaboration support this industry?

Keynote: Can AI & Machine Learning Tackle Global Hunger?
Smart Farming: Is There a Low-Cost Model for a Precision Ag Platform?

• On farm adoption has proven a major barrier in precision farming and is expected to remain a barrier going forward. Is there a low-cost model that will give access to smarter data-driven farming? White space, new sensing models and aerial imaging with fewer sensors, low cost high throughout field phenotyping – what is on the horizon?
• How are agricultural corporates positioning themselves to compete, collaborate or compliment technology leaders IBM, Microsoft & Amazon who are moving into agriculture?
• Service providers have already begun to bundle smart digital farming insights and improvements to deliver products and services for precision and integrated agricultural solutions. Backed by insurance and optimised for individual farmers, how soon before we see an outcome-based model for ag? How will this change the game for farmers, food companies and the consumer? How do start-ups fit into a futuristic agricultural model?

Technology Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions
Networking Coffee Break
Tackling the Adoption Barrier: How can Entrepreneurs Collaborate with Growers, Research Institutes & Acccelerators to Bring AgTech to the Farm?

What business models are working to bring solutions to farmers and growers? What technologies are working today and what is not? How are farmers, research institutes, agronomists accelerating the process of adoption?

Robotics & AI: How Automated Could the Farm Become?

• Agriculture is the next major field for robotics. How will robotics, AI and autonomous systems transform farm work in fields and orchards? What are the challenges in working in robotics in agriculture? How are they unique to other industries?
• What are the real opportunities in robotics and automation and how can we make these disruptive for the industry? How automated can the farm be?
• Do we need to change the way we produce our chemicals because of the delivery systems? Could robots replace people and the need for herbicides altogether?

How Are Innovations in FinTech Unlocking Opportunities in AgTech?

• How is the convergence of agtech and fintech and innovation in crop insurance tackling issues of pricing transparency, supply chain finance for commodities and de-risking on farm tech adoption? What are the leapfrog opportunities that come from digitisation?

Networking Lunch

Day Two — October 17, 2018 Afternoon

Interactive Breakout Sessions:

Join a specialist breakout session in Vertical Farming, Blockchain or Animal Health. Each session will run in parallel and address the most significant developments within the industry and use case studies to understand the potential impact on agri-food businesses as well as to overcome the challenges of scaling and adoption.

Is the Future of Farming Indoors? Hyper-Efficient Horticultural Production to Nourish the Cities of Tomorrow

• Indoor and Vertical Farming offers the opportunity for locally supplied nutritious food for urban populations. But who will be able to afford it?
• How are produce buyers thinking about this sector and what are the opportunities that they see? Where is indoor farming currently falling short?
• How are advances in robotics, crop technologies and LED lighting shaping indoor food production? What’s not possible now that will be in the next 5-10 years?
• What are the business models and technology systems that will attract reliable capital into the sector and enable the industry to grow?
• Europe is a leading player for horticultural greenhouse production. What lessons can these masters teach the entrepreneurs who are pioneering new technology platforms and systems in this sector?

Blockchain: Tracking & Tracing from Farm to Table

• Increasing regulation and market pressures are increasing the need for transparency across the supply chain. How can technologies, such as blockchain, save time and energy and create value within the agricultural value chain?
• What are retailers learning from blockchain and where is the added value to their operations?
• How could mass-scale integration of blockchain impact opportunities for food export to importing countries looking for high quality, high welfare and environmental standards?
• How can blockchain unlock meaningful value for NGOs and their partners in the supply chain?
• In the future, could blockchain help enforce IP rights and make attribute value to products and data?

Targeting Innovation & Investment in Animal Health & Nutrition

• What constitutes real innovation in the animal health world? What are the pain points that the industry is looking to solve?
• How is the link between gut health and the microbiome driving new approaches for animal health and wellbeing? What innovations are being developed that will enable producers to move away from antibiotics?
• Europe is looking to get more protein from different sources. What alternative sources of protein and feed supplements are having most success?
• What value does precision monitoring bring to the livestock sector?
• Which subsectors in animal health are attracting the most attention? What are the challenges in finding venture capital investments in animal health?
• Technology Showcase: Four selected start-up companies to present their innovations – Each company will give a five minute pitch, followed by a Q&A facilitated by the panel.

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