The ICTforAg 2022 conference will take place virtually on March 9-10, 2022, and convene leading stakeholders from the agritech and agri-food ecosystems across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Sponsored by Feed the Future and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, ICTforAg 2022 is implemented by DAI and Intellecap.
This virtual conference, which is enabled by seamless interactive technology, is focused on bringing together global leaders, top experts from the private and corporate sectors, and representatives from governments, researchers and academics, stakeholders from the social sector, entrepreneurs and investors, and farmers to strengthen the digital agriculture ecosystem and catalyze partnerships that unlock ground-breaking solutions.
The conference is expected to feature 100+ speakers, including Max Cuvellier, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA; Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Beth Crawford, Director, Office of Strategy, Programme and Budget (OSP) at FAO; Daron Acemoglu, Professor at MIT; Kunal Prasad, Co-Founder and COO at CropIn Technologies; Matthias Berninger, EVP, Public Affairs, Science, Sustainability & HSE at Bayer AG; Mike Michener, Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID; Richard Choularton, Director of Agriculture & Economic Growth at Tetra Tech; Tim Hammerich, Creator of Future of Agriculture weekly podcast; Vineet Durani, Director, Microsoft Cloud for Industry (Agri-Food) at Microsoft Corporation; and many more.
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Kyriacos Koupparis, Head of Frontier Innovations at the World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator said, “Digital technology has transformed every aspect of our lives, from the way we work to how we produce and consume. ICTforAg 2022 is a key catalyst in the digital transformation of the agri-food system as it brings together innovators, practitioners, local stakeholders, experts, and thought leaders to take forward solutions that work and bring them to scale.”
Golala Ruhani, Inclusive Technology and Innovation Policy Lead, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), said, “Technology and innovation have made global agriculture more productive and more environmentally sustainable throughout the world. This year at the ICTforAg 2022 conference, a diverse set of stakeholders will gather to discuss how to ensure that more people in farming, forestry and fishing can support themselves without damaging the environment or fuelling climate change.”
The conference is expected to convene over 2,500 delegates from 100+ countries across 21 knowledge-sharing sessions focusing on four cross-cutting themes – Locally Led Development, Climate, Digital Inclusion, and Digital & Data Sovereignty. To celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, ICTforAg 2022 will for the first time host a tech showcase with 30 ground-breaking agritech enterprises from around the globe, and is bringing together farmers who have benefitted from the use of ICT in 4 unique social sessions aimed at promoting a strong global community of agriculturists.
ICTforAg 2022 is collaborating with Tetra Tech as a Featured Session Partner to focus on the potential impact of advanced analytics for smallholder farmers, as well as to be working with like-minded organisations including Bayer Crop Science, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), GSMA, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, NASA, Solidaridad, and The World Bank, among others, to co-create insightful sessions.