At the start of October, we were invited to visit to Milan with UKTI’s Agri-Tech team to discuss Game Changing Technologies in Agriculture and visit the Milan Expo 2015.
The first day was a very well facilitated conference, with some excellent speakers discussing topics ranging from the issues producers, processors, retailers and investors are all facing to the enabling technologies that are being developed to address them. These included everything from satellites, big data algorithms, robotics, smart phones, Internet of Things, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and energy efficiency. So much innovation to create a more sustainable agricultural system!
Events like this are so important to encourage the collaboration and partnerships needed to ensure that more solutions are brought to market quicker and accelerate adoption.
The challenge of achieving the right balance between affordability and sustainability was discussed when meeting the increasing and changing demands of a rapidly growing global population.
With rising costs and prices under constant pressure, how do producers respond to the growing awareness of the importance of wellbeing and the demand for better nutrition, organic produce, provenance, traceability and trust?
Day two involved a visit to the Milan Expo 2015, built on a run-down site in the City to regenerate the area. Its core theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and 145 nations have contributed ideas on how to feed and sustain an expected rise in the world’s population to 9 billion by 2050.
We were shown around the UK Pavilion, which was inspired by bees and the crucial role played by pollination in providing the food that we eat.
Its aim was to represent the UK as a hive of innovation and creativity helping to feed the planet, as well as being welcoming, diverse and open for business, and taking the lead in overcoming global challenges.
The scale of the Expo was breathtaking and real triumph – well done Milan and to all the participants!
You can see more photos of the Expo on our Instagram feed.