Wednesday November 20 Agenda – Digital Farming, Crop Protection and Supply Chain Solutions

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Wednesday November 20 Morning

8.55
Opening Remarks

Speaker:
Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, Chief Executive, TEMASEK INTERNATIONAL, SINGAPORE

9.00
Keynote Address: Why Agri-Food Tech Innovation is Vital to a Food-Secure, Healthy and Sustainable Future for Asia

Speaker:
Dr Koh Poh Koon, SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, SINGAPORE

9.15
Keynote Address: Opportunities for Collaboration in Agri-Food Technology Development and Implementation
09.30
Opening Plenary: Accelerating Innovation in Asia’s Agri-Food Supply Chain
  • Where are the greatest opportunities for technology to create a paradigm shift in Asia’s agri-food chain towards increased yield, sustainability, accessibility and nutritional value of food? What are the key barriers to technology adoption, and what approaches are needed?
  • What exciting new initiatives have emerged in the agri-food innovation landscape in Asia? What is required to foster and drive this growing ecosystem?
  • What partnerships and investment are needed to adapt international innovation to Asia and scale successfully? How can international and local players collaborate, and where are the opportunities for leapfrogging?

Speakers: 
Nadir Godrej, Chairman, GODREJ AGROVET, INDIA
Yu Xiang (Leo) Liu, President, Asia-Pacific, ADM, CHINA
Martin Lemoine, Agribusiness Investment Unit Head, ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, PHILIPPINES

10.30
Networking Break
11.00
Enabling Precision Agriculture through IoT, Remote Sensing and AI Innovation
  • What are the latest innovations in remote sensing, IoT, and AI, and how can these be utilised for a more predictive, informed and precise approach to agriculture in Asia? What challenges need to be overcome to deliver maximum success?
  • As major technology players such as Alibaba, Tencent, Microsoft and Google enter the agriculture space, how are they changing the paradigms of what can be achieved?
  • How can existing technology platforms be adapted to Asian agriculture? How can partnerships and investment accelerate this process?

Speakers: 
Steven Tompkins, Director of Sector Development – Agriculture, INMARSAT, UK
Justin Gong, Co-Founder & VP, XAG, CHINA

11.45
Digital Platforms: Empowering Farmers through Affordable, Accessible Agtech
  • How can we create a digital platform that delivers value to farmers in Asia? From advice on inputs, to pricing updates and direct connections to buyers – what is useful to today’s farmers, and how can this be delivered in an affordable, accessible way?
  • What is the role of telecoms companies in increasing farmer connectivity?
  • How can we connect smallholders to finance? What new financing models are emerging to overcome the key barriers faced by smallholders? Where are the fintech opportunities?

Session Chair:
Mark Kahn, Founding Partner, OMNIVORE, INDIA

Speakers: 
Purvi Mehta, Deputy Director & Head of Asia for Agriculture, BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, KENYA
Tobias Menne, Head, Global Digital Farming Unit, BASF, GERMANY
Suresh Sundararajan, President & Group Head – Strategic Investments & Corporate Functions, OLAM INTERNATIONAL, SINGAPORE
Thadoe Hein, CEO, AWBA, MYANMAR
Amol Deshpande, CEO & Co-Founder, FARMERS’ BUSINESS NETWORK, USA

12.30
Networking Lunch Break

Wednesday November 20 Afternoon

1.30
Deep Dive Presentations: Harnessing Plant Science to Optimise Crops for Nutrition, Climate Resilience, and Efficiency
  • How do we breed crops to increase yield, build resistance to pests and disease, improve nutritional content, and increase adaptability to mechanisation? What unique approaches are required in Southeast Asia?
  • How can we work with smallholders to increase the adoption of new varieties of seeds and more effective, more sustainable crop protection productions? What business models best enable technology adoption?
  • How is the regulatory space for gene-edited and GMO crops emerging in Asia? Where are the opportunities?

Speakers: 
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, MARS, USA
Xun Xu, EVP, BEIJING GENOMICS INSTITUTE, CHINA
Jacqueline Hughes, Deputy DG for Research, INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (IRRI), PHILIPPINES

2.15
Fireside Chat: How Can Regulation and Government Keep Up with the Pace of Innovation?

Session Chair:
Louisa Burwood Taylor, Head of Media & Research, AGFUNDER, USA

Speakers:
Paul Teng, Senior Fellow, SOUTH EAST ASIA REGIONAL CENTER FOR GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURE, SINGAPORE
Wilfred Feng, Senior Counsel, Food, Drug, Agricultural & Environment Law, DENTONS SHANGHAI, CHINA

2.45
Start-Up Technology Pitching Session

Four early-stage companies pitch their agtech solutions to our audience, each followed by a Q&A with our panel of  Investor Sharks.

Presenters:
Ruel Amparo, CEO & Founder, CROPITAL, PHILIPPINES
Shashank Kumar, CEO & Co-Founder, DEHAAT, INDIA
Hujjat Nadarajah, CEO, TUN YAT, MYANMAR

Investor Shark Panel:
Isabelle Decitre, Co-Founder & CEO, ID CAPITAL, SINGAPORE

3.30
Networking Break: Meet the Start-Ups

An opportunity to connect with Asia’s most exciting agri-food start-ups in the TechHub exhibition.

4.00
Keynote Address: Next Generation Technology for Food Security and Safety

Speaker: 
Professor Chua Nam-Hai, Chief Scientific Advisor, WILMAR, Deputy Chairman, TEMASEK LIFE SCIENCES LABORATORY, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

4.20
Developing a Safer Food System from Farm to Fork in Asia
  • What are the key pain points in Asia’s food safety system and how can technology address these? How is innovation fairing at scale and what challenges need to be overcome?
  • What innovation is emerging to facilitate the efficient detection of contaminants and residue pesticide levels, to reduce food safety breaches and recalls?
  • Can we ever ensure a fully traceable, transparent, connected system, with end-to-end linkage? What incentives and models are facilitating participation? What are the opportunities for collaboration to ensure a cohesive, harmonized approach?

Speaker: 
Nick Rosa, Managing Director, CONTINENTAL GRAIN COMPANY ASIA, CHINA

4.50
Investor Insights: Assessing the Agtech Investment Opportunities in Asia
  • Which areas of agtech are today’s most active VC and strategic investors excited about for Southeast Asia, China and India? Which have the biggest potential for growth and widespread transformation?
  • What developments have we seen in the Asian agtech investment space in the last year? What are leading investors’ predictions for the next 2-3 years?
  • What are the challenges of translating solutions across and to Asia, and how can investors work with start-ups to successfully adapt their ideas and models to local needs?

Session Chair:
Richard Skinner, Head of Deals Strategy & Operations Asia-Pacific, PWC, SINGAPORE

Speakers:
David Gowdey, Managing Partner, JUNGLE VENTURES, SINGAPORE
Ritu Verma, Co-Founder, ANKUR CAPITAL, INDIA
Alex Zhang, Managing Partner, HOSEN CAPITAL, CHINA
Kiersten Stead, Managing Partner, DCVC, USA

5.30
Networking Drinks Reception

After a busy first day of the summit, relax and reconnect with industry colleagues and new faces over evening networking drinks.

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