The AFGRI Innovation team spent three days with some of the greatest minds from South Africa, Africa and all over the globe at the SA Innovation Summit. The event covered broad spectrum of topics, a recurring focus of the event was on the agricultural sector and enabling food security across the globe. The world is looking to us to move forward and pioneer innovation in the Agricultural sector.
The event was supported by a partnership from the Swiss Economic Development minister Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch and the Swiss ambassador to South Africa Helene Budliger Artieda who have committed to working with South African corporate innovators and entrepreneurs in building the economy.
“Raw and processed agricultural exports. With consumption rising in markets throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, South Africa could triple its agricultural exports by 2030. This could be a key driver of rural growth, benefiting the nearly one in ten South Africans who depend on subsistence or smallholder farming. Capturing this potential will require a bold national agriculture plan to ramp up production, productivity, and agroprocessing.” Source: http://www.africa.com/mckinsey/
The event focussed on topics such as renewable energy technologies, biotechnology, consumer trends, artificial intelligence and robotics, self-driving cars and battery technologies, the ‘Internet of Everything’ and very importantly AgTech (i.e. agricultural technology).
Listening to global CEO’s, CIO’s and entrepreneurs and global futurists reminding us to broaden our minds and to not be blindsided by the global changes that are underway, we cannot do things as we always have in order to remain competitive … “Innovation is how we bring humanity forward…The future is ours to create”.
AFGRI is committed to the future of agriculture and how innovation can play a role in ensuring the future.