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Taking the SMART Road to Agtech Innovation

17 Apr 2024
Stream 1
With ever-increasing pressures of climate change (are we going back into another drought already?), geo-political market antics, the cost of labour, more discerning consumers, the rise and rise of ESG reporting, emerging biosecurity challenges, oh, and subterranean price points, producers have to innovate. But the road to innovation is not so simple. The detritus of an investor-led agtech bubble from 5 years ago litters the roadside with some good, some not-so-good and some woeful solutions. Producers seeking to innovate should not go bare-foot. Heavy-soled boots fortified with sound advice, a commitment to taking small, incremental steps and in keeping your horizon open will set you up for a sound journey. Yet you also need to be agile, responding to whatever jumps out of the bushes at you. This presentation will unpack some of the hype, pitfalls and easy steps on the road to agtech innovation, and help keep you on the SMART road.
David Lamb, Chief Scientist - Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre, Australia

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