Feeding a hungry planet
By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach 9 billion people. This is already creating unprecedented demand for food, water and fibre. Venture capital funding in the agtech sector is growing at a rapid pace in response to the urgent need to feed our hungry planet. In fact, UK-Based Juniper Research estimates that the total value of the global agtech market will reach $22.5 billion by 2025.

Innovations are vital to reduce food waste and maximize productivity of agriculture-rich regions and processes, while preserving precious land and natural resources. Enter an arsenal of technologies – from AI, to air and water sensors, to robotics and biomimicry – addressing humanity’s growing needs.

Startups are developing technologies that automate and enhance existing agricultural 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.

Farming smarter, not harder
Automation and robotics present tremendous opportunities for optimizing productivity in farming operations. Smart and precision agriculture is heavily reliant on data. The next generation of digital farming technologies, based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, require comprehensive data.

Knowing the exact state of the soil, moisture in the air, and current weather conditions across multiple fields from one place, at the same time, is a farmer’s dream. New technologies are facilitating the use of real-time data from robotic sensors, drones and even satellites to render a detailed picture of how the farm is performing, vastly improving the productivity and sustainability of farming operations.

The biology of farming
By drawing inspiration from natural ecosystems, we can find novel solutions to enhance crop health, resilience and yield. Biotech innovators are developing new capabilities in cell-based plant production, biologicals, microbiome research, and more, to create new and more sustainable input products. Biomimicry involves the use of techniques, tried and tested by nature, to solve complex problems. It has the potential to save millions of dollars in energy and resource use and provide the pathway for a cleaner, more resilient future.

With a changing climate that features increasingly severe and frequent extreme weather events, our world needs to move towards more resilient food systems. To safeguard future food security and prevent further environmental degradation we must farm smarter, not harder. Innovation is paving the way to meet the world’s food production needs, efficiently and sustainably, in increasingly volatile climate conditions.

Join other curious minds and the innovators working on the frontlines of the agriculture sector’s technological revolution at Inventures 2022 as they discuss what’s next as part of the Cultivating AgTech knowledge track.



  • Trailblazers: Creating a Sustainable Future for the Agrifood Industry – June 03, 11am
  • Innovation in Rural Farming: Scalable solutions for community-based agriculture – June 01, 3pm
  • Pork Processing in Canada – June 02, 1pm
  • The Need for Innovation throughout the Agri-Food Value Chain (Part 2) – June 01, 11am
  • The Need for Innovation throughout the Agri-Food Value Chain (Part 1) – June 01, 10am
  • Startup Pitch Event: Cultivating Ag-Tech – June 02, 1pm
  • Born in the barn, managed in the cloud. Opportunities digitizing livestock production. – June 03, 10am
  • (Don’t) Get Wasted! – June 01, 10am
  • How Canadian Agtech is Solving the World’s Climate Crisis – June 01, 1pm
  • Agrifoodtech Innovations Creating the Global Shift to Plant-Based Diets – June 01, 2pm
  • Sustainably Feeding 10 Billion People by 2050: is technology the solution? – June 01, 1pm
  • Food 5.0 – June 03, 11am