How are data science, smart technology and biotech transforming agriculture?

Innovation in agriculture is accelerating at a rapid pace. Smart technologies are being developed to increase productivity, reduce production costs and boost the value of agri-food commodities. The transformative nature of these evolving agtech solutions is helping to address the growing humanitarian and economic concerns surrounding food security and climate change.

Startups are developing technologies that automate and enhance existing processes to increase productivity, environmental sustainability and safety. Technologies such as drones, field monitoring sensors and analytical software are helping growers monitor and manage farms, improving their ability to identify and address issues early, and allowing smaller teams to manage more acres. And biotech innovators are developing new capabilities in cell-based plant production, biologicals, microbiome research and more to create new and more sustainable input products.

With the global population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, the demand for food to feed our hungry planet is becoming increasingly urgent. As a consequence, venture capital funding in the agtech sector is growing rapidly. In fact, UK-Based Juniper Research estimates that the total value of the global agtech market will reach $22.5 billion by 2025.

Join other curious minds and the innovators working on the frontlines of the agriculture sector’s technological revolution as they discuss what’s next. Here’s a sample of what’s in store in the Agtech Meets BioTech track at Inventures 2021:


Sustainably feeding 10 billion people by 2050: is technology the solution?

Sweta Chakraborty – Behavioural Scientist; Jillian Semaan – VP of Sustainability, Ketchum

To both feed the planet and solve the climate crisis, the world needs to produce 60% more food by 2050. Learn how the industrialized agricultural system is bringing about solutions to sustainably meet this need using alternative proteins, technology, behaviours and transformative strategies to enhance human and planetary health.


Frankenmeat? No, it’s Cellular Agriculture!

Matt Anderson-Baron – Cofounder and CEO, Future Fields

We promise it’s way cooler than “fake meat”. Learn about the newest innovations in cellular agriculture – from the lab to the market.


Nutrition Science Innovation

PK Newby – CEO, Food Matters Multimedia, Food Scientist, Author and Entrepreneur

Think beyond diet, favorite foods, and more. Dive into the newest research in nutrition science and why the food we eat drastically impacts the world around us.


Food 5.0

Robert Saik – Agricultural Entrepreneur and Author

Explore where technology is integrating with agriculture. How will this change food production? How are farmers integrating technology today on the farm? What are the factors that influence the infinite sustainability of agriculture? And, last but not least: How is this going to re-shape consumer perception of food production?


Blue Rodeo: A journey to leverage tech and the energy of farmers and ranchers to solve the water and climate crisis

Learn about an innovative partnership between ranchers across Canada and one of the world’s largest companies. Walk away with new methods for collaboration, co-creation, and utilizing data and technology to improve impact dramatically.


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