The AgriFoodTech Climate Summit. The rubber hits the road

The AgriFoodTech Climate Summit. The rubber hits the road

Yesterday, Jacqui and I met Dr Victoria Hatton, COP26 Pacific Regional Climate Change Advisor, and the UK Department of International Trade team at the British Consulate in Auckland. Tonight we are speaking to Rob Ward, our Climate Summit partner in the UK.

Whilst some of the focus of our recent announcement has been on the COP26 event in Glasgow this coming November, this in fact only represents a key milestone in a much larger project. Building a global platform that connects agribusinesses, researchers, startups and investors is the larger theme. Only by developing a collaborative framework will we be able to collectively address the issues around climate change and its impact on farmers and growers worldwide.

With this planning now well underway, you have the unique opportunity to learn more by joining the first of our scheduled AgriFoodTech Climate Summit virtual events.

Taking place on Thursday 25 March at 8.00am NZT (Wednesday 24 March 7.00pm GMT), this session will introduce you to both COP26 and the plans for this global framework. Victoria, Rob and I will take you through the opportunity and how you and your organisation can engage. You can join this free session by registering here.

From tomorrow, we will begin to socialise the opportunity 1-2-1 with our global networks. For Wharf42, the next 24 months represent the most significant opportunity we have ever participated in. We hope you can join us on this journey.

Wharf42 to co-host the AgriFoodTech Climate Summit at COP26 on Saturday 6 November 2021

Wharf42 to co-host the AgriFoodTech Climate Summit at COP26 on Saturday 6 November 2021

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”.

About COP26
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.