AgriFutures Australia today officially announced details of their revised programme for evokeAG 2022. With the ongoing global pandemic and borders remaining closed, the decision has been made to host two one-day events; in Perth & in Sydney.

It’s great to be able to finally to share this news. I have once again been invited to be part of the evokeAG steering committee and my visit to Australia next month includes a detailed session with John Harvey and the evokeAG team at AgriFutures. Building a programme that contains a strong trans-Tasman element remains our strong joint ambition.

For the purposes of this post, I’ll simply copy and paste some of the content from today’s formal announcement. As the programme develops over the coming weeks, particularly with a New Zealand focus, expect more updates via this blog.

‘In a response to continued uncertainty with interstate and international travel, evokeAG. is going bi-coastal in 2022, taking the region’s premier agrifood innovation event to both Perth, WA and Sydney, NSW.

After two successful events in 2019 and 2020, evokeAG. will once again bring the agrifood community together – including farmers, corporates, agribusiness, researchers, startups, scale-ups, investors and government – to look at what’s next in farming technology and food innovation.

John Harvey, Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia, says that committing to host two events in 2022 is critical to supporting farmers, by driving innovation. While it has been great to connect with global stakeholders digitally over the past year, it is hard to replace in-person conversations and the energy created by bringing like-minded individuals into the same room.

“We have seen so much growth across agritech and food innovation, not just in the last 12-months but really the last three-years, with Australian and New Zealand innovators attracting increased investment and global demand each year,” said Mr Harvey.

As local and global agrifood innovation continues to mature, and grow increasingly collaborative, delivering these world-class technologies back to farmers and growers is critical.

“Working with farmers to increase profit and adopt sustainable practices is critical, connecting agrifood innovators with farmers is the key,” Mr Harvey continues, “there are a lot of great initiatives that support this, including evokeAG.

The evokeAG. events will take place in Perth and Sydney in 2022, making it easier for people to access one of the events, regardless of border restrictions’.