AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, John Harvey said evokeAG. has once again delivered on its promise to deliver leading-edge farming insights from the best in the world, and the response has been amazing.
“Armed with the latest technologies, innovations and insights, we can dive into 2020 knowing that we have the ability to respond to our changing markets and opportunities across the agricultural industry,” said Mr Harvey.
To kick off Day 2, leading Australian political journalist and former ABC Insiders program host Barrie Cassidy led a robust panel discussion on how we can best respond to population growth, increasing food consumption and a demand to cater for diversified diets.
Hungry Jacks Founder, Jack Cowin told the Plenary Session a long term strategy is needed in Australia to drive innovation in agriculture. “The DNA of Australia is entrepreneurial, we are early tech adopters in this country and we’re well equipped in this regard,” said Mr Cowin.
“My concern is the big stuff, what are the building blocks that this country needs to use to make us successful over the next forty and fifty years.”
Head of Startups in Australia and New Zealand at Amazon Web Services, Rachael Neumann said research and development (R&D) in startups is a critical foundation to drive innovation.
“At the moment Australia invests 1.87% as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the global average is 2.3%,” said panel member, Ms Neumann.
“In Israel, 4.9% of GDP is invested in R&D so I think we still need to get better and from a policy perspective, if we want to drive innovation we need to exceed those numbers.”
The two-day program saw more than 100 speakers from eight different countries take to the stage to inspire, challenge and transform the way we think about food and farming into the future.