The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit: The world’s biggest and best agtech show

By Oliver Morrison

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The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco unites more than 2,500 global leaders and pioneering businesses
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco unites more than 2,500 global leaders and pioneering businesses

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With over 2,500 delegates and 70+ start-ups attending World Agri-Tech from 40 countries, all eager to expand their network and forge new partnerships, this year’s event is shaping up to be a memorable event.

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco unites more than 2,500 global leaders and pioneering businesses dedicated to advancing and investing in technologies to build a stronger, more resilient agri-food supply chain.

With a focus on harnessing nature-based solutions to meet climate commitments, and successful paths for commercialising biological inputs, next-generation breeding, AI and automation, an outstanding speaking faculty uncovers the innovations and investment propelling new value creation in this sector.

Commercialising solutions for climate-resilient ag

Over 100 agri-food experts will be taking the stage. The newest additions to the high-profile speaking faculty include:

- Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production & Conservation, USDA

- Patricia Stroup, Chief Procurement Officer, Nestle

- Matt Hancher, Engineering Director, Google

- Gregory Bohrer, Director - Natural Capital, Walmart

Celebrating its 12th year, this flagship event will transform the Marriott Marquis on March 19-20, 2024 into the epicentre of the agri-food industry for two days of high-level discussion, powerful networking, and deal-making.

Building on the success of the Start-Up Arena, this year’s summit will feature even more founder showcases, interactive breakout sessions and intimate roundtables, alongside a dedicated 1-1 meeting room.

The curated networking environment is designed to ignite inspiration, foster knowledge exchange, and facilitate the critical partnerships essential for future business prosperity.

The show includes a whole floor dedicated to spotlighting start-up talent, with 60+ start-up booths, a networking lounge and busy pitching stage. There is also an exhibition space, packed with hands-on demos and animations to keep ahead with the latest trends in the industry and experience new technologies.

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The show includes a whole floor dedicated to spotlighting start-up talent

A stellar line-up

The programme includes essential discussion panels on topics such as Navigating Incentives for Decarbonization in Agriculture​, hosted by David Hayes, the former special assistant to the President for climate policy at the White House.

A panel entitled The Next Decade of Venture Capital ​will be chaired by Leshika Samarasinghe, founder of Twine Ventures (formerly Google, ARPA-E)

Another called The GenAI Era: Navigating Opportunities and Challenges in AgTech​, will feature Elizabeth Fastiggi, head of worldwide business development, agriculture, at AWS.

Eli Ziskind, partner at Aqua Capital will moderate a debate named Biologicals in Action: Getting Traction on Today’s Farms​. A discussion on Future-Proofing Food Systems​ will focus on water in California and the use of geospatial tools. It will include Will Marshall, former Nasa scientist and co-founder and CEO of Planet Labs, the startup making microsatellites.

The event will also include a breakfast meeting to discuss Nearshoring Potential in Mexico’s Agricultural Sector​, where Nestle, The Yield Lab Latam, IADB & Kirchner Group will be joining and hosting roundtables.

“The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit is the perfect event to create meaningful connections with top leaders from the agri-food industry and forge the right partnerships to bring solutions to market,” said Clara Chappaz, representative for The French Tech Mission. “Agtech is a strategic sector and we are proud to bring such a diverse and pioneering delegation of start-ups which develop groundbreaking innovations.”  

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