Launching a collaborative network of global agribusinesses, researchers, startups and investors to develop new technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable farmers and growers produce more nutritious food and fibre, sustainably
TAURANGA, 2 MARCH 2021: Wharf42, the New Zealand-based global AgriFoodTech consultancy, today formerly announced that it has partnered with UK-headquartered, ForwardFood.Tech, to co-host the AgriFoodTech Climate Summit at COP26 in Glasgow, on Saturday 6 November, 2021.
The AgriFoodTech Climate Summit is part of an ambitious international initiative to enable key global stakeholders to connect and engage in programmes designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the demand for more nutritious food and fibre grows, so does the pressure on the world’s increasingly vulnerable natural resources.
Wharf42 founder, Peter Wren-Hilton, comments; “It is our belief that only through the collaborative action taken by governments, major agribusinesses, researchers, startups and investors on a global scale, can we begin to collectively address the existential threat posed by climate change. If the farming and food industry is to fulfill the ambition for Net Zero Carbon, then only with this genuine collaboration internationally, can this be possible.
In order to support farmers and growers increase the production of nutritious food and fibre sustainably, which is affordable and accessible to all, COP26 provides the platform and opportunity to bring these key stakeholders together. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive collaborative framework is the most effective solution available to address the challenge posed by climate change”.
ForwardsFood.Tech founder & CEO, Rob Ward explained; “We not only want to bring together all the key stakeholders in the farming and food industry, we also want to enable a completely new way of how established business, new businesses and researchers can interact together to address the global agrifood industry’s challenges. This ambitious approach is a fresh way to utilise the precious resources we have internationally”.
Rob Ward continued; “The platform being developed will have universal appeal to anyone, from any country, at any level. Genuinely innovative solutions will only work with total accessibility and delivered as a true meritocracy”.
The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom from 1 to 12 November 2021 under the presidency of the United Kingdom. The conference is set to incorporate the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 16th meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and the third meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement.
Two days ago, I posted an article to this blog entitled ‘Envisioning an APAC AgriFood Hub’.
Today, I’m delighted that one of the key building blocks to help make that happen has been signed off by both AgriTechNZ and AusAgritech. The MOU signed by both organisations provides the collaborative platform necessary for the trans-Tasman relationship to rapidly accelerate.
These are exciting times to be engaged in agritech ‘down-under’!
Thursday 25th February 2021
New Zealand and Australian MOU strengthens trans-Tasman Agritech Sector
Agritech New Zealand (AgriTechNZ) and The Australian Agritech Association (AusAgritech) are member organisations promoting technology development and adoption that seeks to revolutionise the value of the agricultural and food sectors. Both organisations share the same goals to promote and advocate for the opportunities and challenges across the AgriTech sector.
Today AusAgritech and AgriTechNZ signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ignite support for the Agritech industry within Australia and New Zealand. The MOU has been designed to highlight the regional opportunities of a collaborative AgriTech hub in the trans-Tasman region.
The chairman of AusAgritech, Andrew Coppin, said “This is a wonderful development for Agritech in this region. The opportunities to work with and collaborate with our friends in New Zealand to deliver better outcomes for Farmers, more regional jobs and significant export opportunities for both countries is compelling. This MOU is a further extension and validation of the foundations laid by the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council throughout 2020.”
NZ Agritech Chair, Kenneth Irons, said “Agritech New Zealand is delighted to be formalising its relationship with its sister organisation across the Tasman. Both organisations share a common goal of accelerating the development of agricultural technologies that enable our farmers and growers to increase productivity and profitability, more sustainably.
He went on to say “By co-signing this Memorandum of Understanding, we can not only more successfully create better value for our two countries’ primary sectors, we can also more successfully promote Australasia to its rightful position as one of the truly great AgriTech regions of the world.”
The Australian Agritech Association will promote this activity to relevant Australian government agencies, major Australian agribusiness partners and its rapidly growing cohort of AgriTech members. Agritech New Zealand will seek to extend the opportunity of preparing a more formal partnership between the Western Growers Innovation & Technology Center and the nascent AgriTech ecosystem being developed in New Zealand.
Later tonight, I am joining Singapore’s Grow Accelerator and the Royal Agriculture University’s (UK) agritech incubator programme, Farm491, on a 90 minute call.
The purpose of the call is to learn more about the upcoming Land & Launch programme, being hosted by GROW, which is designed to connect UK agrifood startups into the Singapore and wider ASEAN market.
A quick 4 point summary of the programme reads as follows:
- Establish a corridor to accelerate the expansion of UK agrifood tech startups and scale-ups into Asia and beyond
- Position UK as a leader in developing agrifood tech that can be taken globally
- Reciprocate knowledge, tech, talent and investment exchange between Singapore and the UK
- Integrate UK agrifood tech startups and scale-ups into the GROW South-East Asia ecosystem
As I’ve indicated in previous posts, I’ve been working closely with the team at GROW for some time. Building new channels to market for New Zealand agritech companies has been a core focus of mine whilst we stay locked behind closed borders.
Wearing some of my different current hats; Head of Global Alliances at Agritech New Zealand, Senior Adviser to the Australian Agritech Association and an external adviser to the nascent AgriFood Tech Singapore Association, has provided me with an insight into some of the opportunities that a pan-APAC AgriFood Hub could offer. New Zealand, Australia and Singapore all enjoy strong bilateral relations. The question is; can we triangulate this to address two of the major challenges of our time – sustainable food production and food safety? I believe we can. It’s a question that I will be asking as I connect with colleagues in both Singapore and the UK later tonight.
Given the time zones between the UK & Singapore, tonight’s call starts at 10.00pm. Time then for a milo and chocolate biscuit as we learn more about just how a Land & Launch programme might play out. As a potential template for Australia and New Zealand, it is going to be an interest model to discuss.