Forthcoming events

Oxford Farming Conference


3-5th January 2016 Oxford, UK The theme for the 2017 Oxford Farming Conference is Thrive or Survive – apt given the depressed status of many commodity sectors. Yet there are farming businesses that are bucking the trend and prospering. Who are they and how are they doing it? Attend the #OFC17 to find out more and join the debate. Read more >>

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3rd Future Agro Challenge Global Championships


Application deadline: 13th January 2017 Main event: 12-15th March 2017 Johannesburg, South Africa Over 50 world-class agribusiness innovators will compete for the tittle of the Most Innovative Agripreneur of the Year at the 3rd Future Agro Challenge (FAC) Global Championships, that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from March 12-15, 2017. Apply now! As the world’s leading competition, FAC mobilises local communities all over the world to discover innovative and fundable ventures in Food, AgTech and Agriculture, addressing national, regional and global challenges from farm to fork. Future Agro Challenge is a featured event of the Global ...

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World Economic Forum


17-20 January 2017 Davos, Switzerland Collaborative efforts in the 20th century yielded the norms, policies and institutions that collectively served as a protective system until today. It is imperative that we again shape such systems through more inclusive development efforts. Enhanced international cooperation and earnest multicultural dialogue are critical to advancing innovations for greater societal impact. The 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to achieve common goals and drive new ...

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Frontiers of Potassium Conference


25th-27th January 2017 Rome, Italy Potassium plays a vital role for supporting the quality of agricultural products, being intricately involved with many plant processes that determine the quality of the final harvest. When potassium is in short supply, photosynthesis, respiration, sugar translocation, and numerous enzymes are impaired. This conference, hosted by the International Plant Nutrition Institute, will discuss the benefits of a sufficient potassium (K) supply for the production of high-quality crops. Read more >>

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Next steps for agri-tech in the UK


7 February 2017 London, UK With a growing demand for sustainable solutions to increasing food production, this seminar will assess progress and priorities as the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy moves into its fourth year of implementation. Guests include David Wilford, Head of Food and Farming Innovation, Food and Farming Directorate, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Calum Murray, Programme Leader, Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK. Read more >>

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Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer Conference


15-17 February 2017 Cape Town, South Africa The 8th annual Argus FMB Africa Fertilizer conference will feature more than 450 participants from 55 countries. A cross-section of stakeholders including government leaders, finance providers, NGOs, regional distributors and global producers with gather at the event, organised with the support of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), IFDC, and AFAP. Read more >>

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16th Euro-Global Summit on Food and Beverages


2-4 March 2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands Euro Food 2017 is the premier food event that brings together a unique and international mix of experts, researchers and decision makers both from academia and industry across the globe to exchange their knowledge, experience and research innovations to build a world’s food scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs meet. Read more >>

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Sustainable smallholder development


14-15 March 2017 London, UK A two-day conference on how business can engage with small farmers to ensure supply security and resilience at scale. We will focus on the top priorities across commodities to provide high-level insight and practical, actionable guidance on how business can implement effective programmes that will boost the resilience of smallholders at scale. Read more >>

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Global Food Security Symposium 2017


29-30 March 2017 Washington DC, US After years of incremental progress in the fight against poverty and malnutrition, eradicating hunger is now within our grasp. Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, this year’s symposium will showcase the best of business, social, and policy innovation. Top visionaries from every sector will gather to generate the productive dialogue and actions necessary to ensure strides in global food security and agricultural development, and the Council will release its recommendations in a new report. Read more >>

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Investing in Discovery: 2017 Food Tank Summit Boston


1-2 April 2017 Boston, US On April 1st, experts and top leaders across all sectors of the food world will come together for interactive panels and discussion moderated by top journalists. This two-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is Investing in Discovery. Read more >>

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Webinar: Best Practices for Nutrient Management


20 April 2017 15:00 CET *** CLICK HERE TO REGISTER *** A brand new handbook detailing the best ways to effectively manage nutrients on farms has been released, in an effort to help farmers achieve the triple win of boosting productivity, achieving resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Join the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and experts online for an interactive webinar on the findings of the Nutrient Management Handbook and the latest on soil health guidance. Speakers: Patrick Heffer, Director of Agriculture, IFA (International ...

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Bonn Climate Change Conference


8 – 18 May 2017 Bonn, Germany UN talks on implementing the Paris Agreement will take place in Bonn, Germany, including the forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement. Read more >>

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Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock


8-12 May 2017 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia To be sustainable, livestock sector growth needs to simultaneously address key environmental, social, and economic challenges: growing natural resources scarcity, climate change, widespread poverty, food insecurity and global threats to animal and human health. The Agenda builds consensus on the path towards sustainability and catalyzes coherent and collective practice change through dialogue, consultation and joint analysis. Read more >>

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Scaling Up Agricultural Adaptation through Insurance


14 May 2017 Bonn, Germany As climate change takes hold, increasingly erratic weather and climate shifts threaten already tenuous agricultural livelihoods and food security in the developing world. Agricultural insurance is an important tool which can help address this risk, by providing indemnity payments to farmers. Join the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) in this one-day conference that will bring together the climate ...

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2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


22-26 May 2017 Cancún, México The Global Platform is the multi-stakeholder forum for the world’s disaster risk community and brings together Governments, UN system, parliamentarians, mayors, international and intergovernmental organizations, scientific and academic institutions, private businesses, NGOs, community-based organizations, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous peoples, among others. Read more >>

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2017 ECOSOC forum on financing for development


22 – 25 May 2017 New York, US The 2017 Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development follow-up will convene from 22 to 25 May, on an exceptional basis, without prejudice to General Assembly resolution 68/1 and without setting a precedent for future discussions, and will include the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Read more >>

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FIAAP Animal Nutrition Conference 2017


14 June 2017 Cologne, Germany This one-day educational conference will highlight the latest innovations and research in animal feed ingredients and additives, with a specific emphasis on world compound production and antibiotic elimination. FIAAP 2017 attendees will also have the opportunity to get the first look at WATT Global Media’s industry-defining World Feed Panorama Report, which will provide exclusive insights on antibiotic replacement strategies as they relate to feed additives, nutrition, and formulation. Read more >>

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G20 Summit


7 – 8 July 2017 Hamburg, Germany Since the global financial crisis, the G20 states have been working to strengthen the resilience of the global financial system and to improve the regulation and supervision of financial market participants, including what is known as the shadow banking system. Germany also wants to use its G20 Presidency to discuss other global problems above and beyond the main issues of economic, financial, climate, trade, employment and development policy. Migration and refugee flows and counter-terrorism are, for example, issues of ...

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Pulses 2017 Convention


10-13 July 2017 Vancouver, Canada Pulses 2017 will be the biggest event of the year for pulse producers, exporters and traders around the globe. For the very first time, the Global Pulse Confederation and the Canadian Special Crops Association are joining forces to present a unified convention for the global pulse industry. A record setting crowd of 1200+ pulse and special crops industry members is expected to attend. Read more >>

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Agriculture and Food Day to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals


13th July 2017 New York, U.S.A. Farming First is partnering with the International Agri-Food Network to host “Agriculture and Food Day to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals”, which will be held at the Yale Club in New York City. The event will raise awareness of the critical need for investment in Goal 2 on ending hunger and its interlinkages with the other SDGs under focus during the High Level Political Forum being held at the United Nations in New York ...

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World Congress on Conservation Agriculture


1-4 August 2017 Rosario, Argentina The World Congress on Conservation Agriculture will demonstrate that Conservation Agriculture is  the best tool to mitigate climate change and to adapt to the effects of climate change, contributing to food security, promoting resilience and biodiversity and, with this, helping to save the planet. The 7WCCA will bring together farmers, policy makers, scientists and educationalist from all around the world, along with financing representatives, risk brokers and others stakeholders to identify the best solutions for all regions. Read more >>

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2017 World Water Week


27 August – 1 September 2017 Stockholm, Sweden World Water Week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas. Read more >>

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African Green Revolution Forum 2017


4-8 September 2017 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire The theme for the seventh AGRF is “Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Inclusive Economies and Jobs through Agriculture”. After seizing the moment at AGRF 2016 and securing political, policy, and financial commitments of more than US $30 billion, African leaders must move decisively to harness this surge of support for agriculture and ensure it creates jobs and drives economic growth across the continent—particularly for 300 million young Africans coming into the job market over the ...

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The Imperatives of Improving Nutrition for Growth and Development


5 September 2017 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire It is up to all of us to build on progress—quickly, efficiently, and at the speed and scale required to secure Africa’s rise through an agricultural transformation. Join the Malabo Montpellier Panel at this side event during the AGRF as it launches its report on the state of nutrition in Africa and highlights successful policy and program interventions across the continent. Read more >>

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Committee on World Food Security


9-13 October 2017 Rome, Italy The vision of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The agenda for CFS 44 includes a morning dedicated to the SDGs and a morning focussing on nutrition. Read more >>

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Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium: The Road Out of Poverty


18-21 October 2017 Des Moines, Iowa The theme of the  2017 symposium, “The Road out of Poverty”, encapsulates the power of treating agriculture as a business, and the impact of truly “bringing it to the farmer”, as Norman Borlaug taught us. Among the speakers is “Africa’s Norman Borlaug”, the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank who has made it his life’s mission to promote agriculture, good nutrition, and education as the keys to “uplifting millions out of poverty.” Read ...

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Inclusive Innovation 2030


18-19th October 2017 Berlin, Germany ii2030 will bring together innovators from corporates, startups, the public sector, NGOs, and science to create solutions for a more inclusive society by 2030. The interactive event will employ technology as the engine to manufacture solutions for tomorrow’s biggest challenges. Increasing smallholder farmers’ yields through precision agriculture will be a key focus. Read more >>

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The African Fertilizer Summit – 10 Years On


20 October 2017 Des Moines, Iowa A high-level panel debate assessing Africa’s progress in increasing fertilizer use, 10 years on from the landmark African Fertilizer Summit. The panel will review the success of the historic Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for an African Green Revolution and discuss how to drive greater and faster progress in addressing nutrient deficiencies in African soils, in order to support economic growth, social development and climate change responses. Read more >>

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Webinar: The Role of Fertilizers in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation


31st October 2017 – 4 pm CET ** REGISTER NOW ** Climate change is pushing our food and farming systems to their limits. By 2050, 9.7 billion mouths must be fed, while rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events threaten crop production worldwide. This free webinar will showcase concrete solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation that the fertilizer industry and its partners are investing in, to help farmers become “climate-smart” and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The ...

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COP23 – Agriculture Advantage Events


7th – 14th November 2017 Bonn, Germany A series of side events at COP23 for setting an agenda for transforming agricultural development in the face of climate change. Both part of the cause of climate change, but also part of the solution, agriculture is central to any debate on global warming and extreme weather events. The interactions between the agricultural sector and climate change have undeniable implications for both global food security and our environment. Despite this global significance, and ...

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World Engineering Forum 2017


27- 29 November 2017 Rome, Italy From 26 November to 2 December 2017, in Rome, the National Council of Italian Engineers (CNI) will host the WFEO General Assembly meetings and the World Engineering Forum (WEF2017). WEF2017 is an international event that will aim to analyze recent developments in different engineering sectors and the best practices of the most relevant mainstream technological applications linked to the general topic: “Safeguarding the heritage of mankind: a great challenge for engineers”. The Forum will be ...

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8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition


4 – 5th December 2017 Milan, Italy The BCFN Forum is the international platform of dialogue and networking aiming at identifying the pathway towards concrete solutions to the environmental, health and socio- economic challenges affecting the current food system. During the event policy makers, the scientific community, private sector and civil society come together sharing knowledge, analysis and best practices in light of the Agenda 2030. The eighth edition of the event will focus on food security, climate change and ...

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GACSA Annual Forum 2017


12th – 14th December, 2017 Rome, Italy From 12-14 December the GACSA Annual Forum will take place in Rome at FAO Headquarters, sharing experiences and setting out strategic goals for the future to make Climate-Smart Agriculture  (CSA) a reality. ** REGISTER NOW ** The Annual Forum will focus on promoting and showcasing CSA with a view to revitalizing efforts to scale up the implementation of CSA in various ecosystems and regions of the world, taking into account lessons learned. Particular ...

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