The Metropolitan Santiago in Chile will be the venue for the convention, which will bring together renowned experts, both Chilean and foreign, from October 24 to 26, to participate in various panels presenting new agrotech trends. The International Congress will address topics such as “R&D Needs from Producers,” “Innovation and Technology Solutions,” “Regenerative Agriculture: Beyond Sustainability,” “ESG Reports and Green Financing,” “Logistics and Distribution in the Era of Data Science,” “IOT Innovations in Traceability,” “Robotics and Automation in Agri-Food,” and “Food Safety: New Market Trends.” The event will conclude with two panels, “Digitization and Digital Transformation in Industry 5.0,” and “The Future of Food Production: New Production Logics.”
Agro Food Robotics
“In this era, where we face climate change, biodiversity loss, overpopulation, and malnutrition in urban societies, agriculture and technology have never been so relevant or closely connected. It’s like a gold mine with a lot of gold, which will allow us to solve significant challenges and opportunities for society. In this scenario, CfiAgrotech seems like the right gold mine,” says Erik Pekkeriet.
With a renowned career, in the last decade, he expanded the scope of horticultural robotics from greenhouses to open fields, livestock, aquaculture, and the food sector in the Netherlands. He now leads the agilent team of the Agri-Food Robotics Program at Wageningen University & Research. He is also in charge of the management of the Agro Food Robotics program and chairs the Agricultural Robotics thematic group at EU Robotics and the Greenhouse Horticulture thematic group at the Dutch Society of Agricultural Technology.
Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Forum for Vision Artificial and founder and coordinator of the network of the European Centre for Digital Innovation on Robotics, called agROBOfood.
The Future is in Seaweed
On the other hand, Vincent Doumeziel, Director of the Food Program at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation in the United Kingdom, is currently a Senior Advisor for Oceans and Food at the UN Global Compact (UNGC). Among his activities, he develops multinational and public-private partnerships to support ocean-based solutions, particularly seaweeds, to address some of the world’s challenges, such as hunger, plastic pollution, global warming, and ocean acidification, among others.
Doumeziel leads the Global Seaweed Coalition, an international association established by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation in partnership with the UNGC and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), to oversee the safety and sustainability of the seaweed industry.
“Seaweeds, with around 12,000 types in total, hold the key to a variety of global issues, such as hunger and global warming if they were given the chance to show what they can do,” Vincent Doumeizel declared in an interview published on the UN Global Compact website. The expert affirms that seaweeds are the largest untapped resource we have on the planet.
These and other high-level speakers will be present at the First International Congress and Trade Fair of Innovation and Technologies in Agri-Food, CFIAgrotech, organized by FISA, part of the GL events Group, and the National Agricultural Society (SNA) of Chile, with the sponsorship of important national agri-food sector guilds and institutions promoting foreign investment in the country and sustainable growth of the Chilean food industry. Among the entities are ASOEX, Chilealimentos, ChileCarne, Fedefruta, Fedeleche, InvestChile, Vinos de Chile, Transforma Alimentos, BDP Foods, and the National Irrigation Commission, among others.
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