The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit welcomed 1000 agribusiness corporates, investors, policy-makers and start-ups to exchange ideas, share experiences and forge new partnerships in London.

What an amazing two days of high-energy networking and compelling discussions, buzzing with energy at our biggest European event yet!

From the exhibition and main stage to the Start-Up Arena and breakout room, spilling out to business HQs and evening dinners, London lived and breathed agri-food tech!

Enjoy our lightning summary of the summit action complete with video highlights, photo gallery and impactful takeaways.

The summit platform is still active for 1-1 video networking and sessions on demand until October 27. Register now for access.

Relive the Two Days

Who Joined Us?

Here are just some of the global players and industry leaders who joined us at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London and online:

Highlights from the Main Stage

The UK Government’s Pledge to Innovation

“We’ve made a very big and strategic commitment to shift this country from a service economy, to a science research, technology and innovation economy. It’s a serious commitment we’ve created alongside the National Security Council, the National Science and Technology Council, the senior Cabinet to make the big decisions, from one web to 6 billion of lifestyles, procurement, to what we do in agri-tech and other key technologies.”
George FreemanMinister for Science, Research and InnovationDSITUK GOVERNMENT

Agri-Tech: A Cornerstone for a Sustainable UK

“The government stands firmly behind agri-tech innovation as the cornerstone of modern farming practices. By providing opportunities, funding and a supportive ecosystem within the sector, we aim to empower farmers, drive innovation and create a sustainable and prosperous future for agriculture across the UK.”
Mark SpencerMinister of State (Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries)DEFRA, UK GOVERNMENT

Strengthening Agriculture from Farm to Fork

“Innovation needs to address practical farm problems. Many solutions currently available aren’t relevant to farmers. We need to diagnose issues and provide effective cures. We need solutions that put puzzle pieces together instead of fragmenting them. Communication, availability, and affordability must align to create a cohesive and effective approach. Putting food at the centre and putting farmers at the centre of the solution is the only way we can achieve sustainability and food security and all objectives together.”
Diana Lenzi, Former President, EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF YOUNG FARMERS (CEJA)

Challenges and Opportunities in Measuring Carbon Offsets

“Most of the measurement that are being used today to verify carbon, the science behind that isn’t robust enough. Some are better than others; we should be looking at soil carbon offsets very carefully whereas, some of the marine carbon offset, particularly related seaweed are very flaky. The way they are calculating the carbon offset, and the understanding of those deep ocean currents and how the carbon gets buried, you wouldn’t let an undergraduate get away with some of the data I’ve seen. ”

“Agriculture has a huge part play in a natural capital framing and enabling stacked benefits and stacked investments.”
Baroness Kathy Willis, Professor of Biodiversity, Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director, OXFORD UNIVERSITY/ NATCAP

Shifting from Prescriptive Standards to Outcome Reporting

“In the past, we’ve seen many standards pre-describing the principles and practices for the farmers what they have to implement, which led to a ticking the box exercise with little impact the farm or the landscape level. Now the food industry now is shifting to more outcome reporting, need to report on the impact at the farm and the landscape level.” Dionys ForsterGeneral DirectorSAI PLATFORM

The Importance of Measuring Impact at the Farm Level

“We need to transition a whole farm, not a single crop. There is a real need to come together and converge on what impact we want to measure at the farm level report and disclose on also at the corporate level, and most importantly, how do we want to remunerate farmers for it. We’re talking about shifting mindsets to shift the way that we farm to look at how do we regenerate and maximise the positive impacts, while before we were only looking at how do we reduce the negative ones.”
Stefania Avanzini, OP2B Director, WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Embracing Regenerative Agriculture

“Regenerative agriculture sits across the whole spectrum of our existing commitments and targets, whether it be net zero sustainable sourcing, water or nature. Embracing this approach means doing agriculture well, innovating, and drawing on the vast knowledge of farmers and indigenous communities.

It’s not just about sustainability targets; it’s about ensuring our very ability to exist as a business and continue supplying food. We need to start driving this in an innovative way that allows us to drive competitiveness within the supply chain in the first place, and the economics for the grower. We have to make sure that this is an inclusive programme, that allows everybody to get on board and to move from where they are including those that have already gone on that journey.”
Martina Henry, Director, Agriculture SustainabilityKRAFT HEINZ

Driving Behavioural Change for a Sustainable Tomorrow

“Do you really understand your supply chain? And most of the time, we only talk about traceability when there is an issue, whether there’s a food safety issue or an ethical issue. We trace back the supply chain to source to get to the root cause. We don’t manage it proactively. It’s a completely reactive situation. So we do know our supply chains, but only when we need to – and that can’t continue.”
Judith Batchelar, Director, FOOD MATTERS INTERNATIONAL

“In our era of climate romance, we’ve lost touch with the heartbeat of agriculture—the smallholder farmer. Our biggest blind spot is the 500 million invisible individuals in the supply chain. It’s not due to a lack of technology but because supply chain companies often neglect the crucial first mile.”
Ashish Gadnis, CEO & Co-Founder, BANQU

What Our Delegates Say

“Participating in the World Agri-Tech helps to stays informed about new trends and technologies in agtech and makes it easy to connect with new entrepreneurs.”

Head of New Technologies & BioSolutions, BASF

“It’s the event which saves you so much time. In two days you can meet with all your global agtech network. This is so precious and amazing!”

President, GAIAGO

“A fantastic opportunity to meet the most active players in the industry, whether corporate, start-up, investor or expert. This event was an excellent opportunity for us to boost our international development and learn from the different sessions.”

CFO, AXIOMA

“The place to be to meet the decision-makers of the ag and food industry, and have the opportunity to spend quality time with them.”

Head of Innovation, HECTAR

The Summit in the News

BBC Radio 4’s Charlotte Smith joined us on-site to discuss the UK’s Agri-Tech Centres merging into a single entity. Listen to the show here, and read Innovate UK’s press release for more details.

The UK Government announces £12.5m funding to be spread across nineteen  innovative projects developing automation and robotic technologies for sustainable farming. Read the full press release.

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