Introducing… agri-tech innovations from South America
One of the great delights of being CHAP’s International Business Development Manager is the opportunity to attend a wide range of amazing international conferences and meet a fantastic diversity of people on a daily basis. And despite the impact of COVID-19 and its restriction on physical travel, I get the chance to jump between meetings in Australia in the morning, to Brazil in the afternoon, all from the comfort of my computer screen (minus the jetlag!).
However, I have to admit, that despite this ease of ‘virtual travel’, I was particularly disappointed not to be able to attend the World AgriTech South America Summit in person. But never wanting to miss an opportunity, I welcomed the chance to make connections virtually, in the hope of getting out to Brazil next year.
My personal links with LATAM mean that I have a ready-made love affair with the continent, so it has been an absolute pleasure to start building up CHAP’s network in the region. During the summit, I met a wide range of interesting stakeholders, with numerous follow ups and face-to-face meetings planned for my Farmers Club Educator Award travels in 2022. But for me, a particular highlight of the conference was the start-up and pitching sessions, which provided a glimpse into exciting emerging AgriTech solutions from LATAM. The pitches were presented in a ‘Dragons Den’ style format and an opportunity for startups to showcase their solutions to thousands of international participants.
Start-up sessions covered a wide range of innovative solutions, and since you may not have had the opportunity to join, I wanted to provide a brief rundown of some of these exciting businesses and technologies from LATAM:
It is clear that innovation is happening in agri-tech across the world, and CHAP is working hard to link with organisations large and small to develop agriculture fit for the 21st century and beyond. I will continue to build links with forward-thinking organisations, businesses and innovators around the globe, and bring these to you in the next ‘Introducing…’ blog. Watch this space.