Agrifood Innovation Event – Digital Farming

The 4th edition of the international AgriFood Innovation Event is a focused business, technology and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire agrifood supply chain (from farmer to enduser, with customers, producers, retailers and researchers).

Due to the Corona / Covid-19 situation in 2020 the event is divided in two separate tracks, which will take place at differente locations and in different timeslots. There will be a Digital Farming Track (8-9 October) and a Food Innovation Track (25-26 November).

8 October: Vertical Farming Conference

The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products in a small footprint, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply.Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed. Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security in a small footprint.

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI
  • Plant condition issues like: CO2, Nutrients, Irrigation, Climate, Lighting
  • Food safety / HACCP
  • Robotics
  • Improved resource-use efficiency
  • Sustainable Buildings (design, green roof, energy)
  • Smart Cities / Architecture / Urban Design
  • From traditional farmer to vertical farmer

9 October: Smart Farming Conference

After mechanisation, the introduction of mineral fertiliser and the industrialisation of production processes, connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next revolution in the history of farming: Smart Farming / Precision agriculture. It has now reached a point where it is not only possible to collect vast quantities of data but also to control different pieces of equipment or monitor individual animals, the Internet of Things. A growing number of farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations. What new business models will be successful? Will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How to deal with changes (from traditional farmer to smart farmer)? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production?

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Multi-spectral imaging, Robotics, Big Data, AI and more
  • Precision agriculture
  • Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
  • Investment in R&D
  • New business models
  • Cross disciplinary themes