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Ideas and innovation top of agenda at Rabobank summit

By Country News

An international food and agriculture summit will be held in Australia later this month, examining challenges and solutions for creating a sustainable future for farming and agriculture.

The Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit will be held on March 28, bringing together agribusiness industry leaders, local and international farmers, food and agribusiness start-ups, and prominent ag, science and technology researchers and innovators.

Convened by global agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank, the event will feature leading international and local speakers discussing new ideas and innovations from the world of agriculture and further afield.

Rabobank Group executive board member Berry Marttin said the summit would examine the major issues facing agriculture and food production globally, and showcase ‘‘knowledge, solutions and innovations that will help us all create a sustainable future in agriculture and effectively grow a better world together’’.

‘‘Most fundamentally, these are the challenges of how we can continue to feed a growing world in a sustainable way,’’ he said.

‘‘But also what efficiencies can be made to reduce waste across the food supply chain and promote the circular economy and how do we ensure the longevity, success and developing capability of the food and agri sector.’’

Topics to be explored at the summit include the role of new science in redirecting the most challenging waste streams away from landfill and back into production, the necessity and immediate benefits of proactive bio-diversity management in agricultural land, how artificial intelligence and robotics will influence the future of agriculture, and the exponential influence of technology on consumers and their food choices and how it is creating new markets.