Roundtable programme at GFIA 2015

There are 25 roundtable discussions now scheduled at the upcoming Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. One topic, 10 participants and 45 minutes to share views, debate solutions and network with people who understand your business. Roundtables are free to attend for pre-registered visitors.

Of special note is the roundtable discussion, Optimising the plant environment for plant factories, to be chaired by Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses’ regular feature writer and senior horticulture journalist, Dr Mike Nichols’ (ex Massey University, NZ).  Among other horticulture specialties and practical skills, Dr Nichols has been a long-time observer, consultant and reporter on the development of plant factories worldwide. The discussion is expected to outline the strengths and limitations of the plant factory, and highlight pathways for much-needed research. Other plant factory specialist are invited to join Dr Nichols in this emerging and important market segment.

Roundtable highlights include discussions on organic food production and whether it is possible to feed organic food to the world population; desalinisation innovations at the farm level; using non-conventional treated waste water and grey water in irrigation; financing innovation in the public/private partnership environment; and killing insects by freezing them; among many other notable roundtable discussions.

Register for free today and also gain entry into the Opening Ceremony and international exhibition hosting 250 suppliers of sustainable agriculture innovations.

Monday 9 March. Session 1: 12.45 – 13.30
1) Sustainable innovation in agriculture
Chairperson: Giovanni Marrollo, Product Manager, Valagro Spa

2) Can Sub Saharan Africa contribute to global food security?
Chairperson: Lawrence Afere, Founder / CEO, Springboard Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

3) The Future of Hope: Women as the next generation of farmers, and key innovators
Chairperson: Chido Govera, Founder, The Future of Hope Foundation

4) Decreasing the losses and waste across the agrifood value chain
Chairperson: Mehtap Sen, Managing Director, MQore Technical Consulting

5) Towards a Global Agribusiness and Innovation Platform for promoting entrepreneurship development on Nutri Cereals and Legumes
Chairperson: Dr. Kiran K. Sharma, ICRISAT

6) Optimising the plant environment for plant factories
Chairperson: Dr Mike Nichols, ex Massey University

7) Restoration and expansion into marginal lands
Chairperson: Dr. Lina Yousef, Assistant Professor, Masdar Institute

8) The safest way to kill insects is by freezing them
Chairperson: Ferhat Benyahia, International Business Development Manager, Silvandersson/Cryonite

Session 2: 15.30 – 16.15
1) Is it possible to feed organic food to the world population?
Chairperson: Dr Ummed Singh, Senior Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research

2) Recirculating Aquaculture Systems: challenges in Middle East and African countries
Chairpersons: Shane A. Hunter, Technical Director, AquaBioTech Group, and Paw Petersen, Managing Director, OxyGuard A/S

3) Intellectual Property and Agriculture: Helping or Hurting the Harvest
Chairperson: Rachel Pilloff, Patent Attorney-Agriculture, Lowe Hauptman & Ham, LLP

4) Desalinisation innovations at the farm level taking with the protection of ground water
Chairperson: Dr Azaiez Ouled Belgacem, Head Regional Programme, ICARDA

5) The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security: agricultural practices go OPEN SOURCE
Chairperson: Dr Kristian Moeller, CEO, Global G.A.P.

6) Financing innovation in the public private partnership environment
Chairperson: Eliecer Lopez-Jimenez, International Relations Manager, Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology

7) Circular Economy for food and water security: waste water reuses for irrigation
Chairperson: Dr. Philippe Ange Kerrault, Water Energy Food Nexus – MENA Africa Coordinator, Alterra Wageningen University and Research

8) Soil salinity and its effect on plant growth in arid areas
Chairperson: Dr Yasser Dergham, Humintech

Tuesday 10 March. Session 3: 09.00 – 09.45
1) EverGreen Agriculture
Chairperson: Dr. Dennis Garrity, UN Drylands Ambassador, Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Center

Session 4: 15.30 – 16.15
1) Aquaculture in Africa: a case study of a successful value chain approach
Chairperson: Wouter van Vliet, Larive International

2) Decoupling the production of protein from farming/fishing to create a more sustainable tomorrow through the use of bacterial fermentation
Chairperson: Henrik Busch-Larsen, CEO, UniBio A/S

3) Limitations and Opportunities in Closed Environment Aquaculture
Chairperson: Gareth Lott, CEO, Aquanue Pty Ltd

4) Building partnerships to ensure sustainable agriculture
Chairperson: Kevin Andrezejewski, Global Supply Chain Manager, iDE

5) Using non-conventional treated waste water and grey water in irrigation
Chairperson: Dr. Naem Mazahrih, On farm water management specialist, ICARDA

6) Powering agriculture sustainable energy for food
Chairperson: Ryan Shelby, Energy Engineering Advisor, USAID

7) Information blackout in agricultural businesses
Chairperson: Raj Vallabhaneni, CEO, Vasudhaika Software Services

8) Open data in agriculture: Status quo and challenges in The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Initiative’s roundtable on open data for agriculture
Chairperson: Dr Medha Devare, Data and Knowledge Manager, CGIAR Consortium.  Ω

Posted 24 February 2015