25(pm)-26 February 2016
Innovation in the food and agricultural system is key to sustain the productivity growth needed to meet the growing and more diverse demand for food, feed, fuel and fibre at global level, while preserving environmental resources, and adapting to and mitigating climate change. New developments in science offer promising applications in primary agriculture and downstream industries in food processing and nonfood uses of biomass. Moreover, given the global nature of these challenges, international cooperation in the development, dissemination and application of appropriate science, technologies, techniques and related regulatory frameworks will bring global benefits.
A one and a half day workshop will take place in Paris on 25-26 February 2016 to discuss with experts how scientific, technological, and farm practice innovation can improve productivity and sustainability in the food and agricultural sector, with a focus on international collaboration. The workshop is organised jointly by the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (TAD) and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) of the OECD.
The workshop will focus on two broad areas with multiple applications to food and agriculture: the bioeconomy and big data generated by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It is expected to provide an opportunity to discuss with scientists, agricultural experts and policy makers the extent to which innovations in these areas could improve productivity and sustainability in the food and agricultural sector. It will also discuss how to facilitate innovation actors, policy makers and regulators in their efforts.
The OECD invests directly in stimulating international co-operation and collaboration in agricultural research and innovation through the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CRP). The CRP promotes such international co-operation through funding conferences and workshops and research fellowships related to the themes of: Managing Natural Capital for the Future; Managing Risks in a Connected World; and Transformational Technologies and Innovation.