Global Agriculture Innovation Forum

The Global Agriculture Innovation Forum is a joint undertaking between USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and Purdue University’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture. The Forum will consist of a series of virtual events held throughout 2021 that will provide opportunities for dialogue and dissemination of ideas at the leading edge of agricultural innovation. The Forum will provide opportunities for networking and will facilitate connections between innovators and stakeholders, private and public sectors, and those with local and global perspectives.

The Forum will be valuable to entrepreneurs, producers, value-chain operators, service providers, and researchers, as well as donor agencies and implementing partners.

The first Forum events will take place in early 2021. As the year unfolds, we will conduct up to six virtual events, each consisting of a mainstage event and a series of side events, including ePoster sessions. Multiple pitch contests will allow entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a panel of judges and compete for cash prizes.

The anticipated innovation themes include:

  • Farms and Farmers of the Future
  • Innovations in Genetic Improvement of Agricultural Systems
  • Innovations in Post-Harvest Management
  • Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies
  • Innovations in Entrepreneurship, Especially Among Youth
  • Innovations in Scaling

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Forum about?

The Forum will explore new technologies and innovations that create economic opportunities in agriculture.

Who should participate?

The Forum is aimed at entrepreneurs, private industry, researchers, multi-lateral organizations, NGOs and governmental entities.

What day and time is the Forum? What time zone is the Forum in?

The calendar of events will be available soon

When will the virtual event platform go live? When may I start registration?

The virtual event platform for the Forum will be available soon.

Will the content be available for viewing after the event?

All Forum content and networking will be available on our virtual platform after the events.

How may my company become a sponsor of the Forum?

Partnering with the Forum gives you an opportunity to associate your brand with innovations in agriculture. Sponsor funds will be used to provide monetary prizes for pitch contests.

For more information about sponsorship, please email Dr. Peter Hirst.

How can I get involved as a speaker at the Forum? May I recommend a speaker?

We always welcome interest from senior leaders who would like to speak or recommend speakers. Please email Dr. Peter Hirst to further discuss

How may I sign up to participate in a pitch contest?

Registration details for the pitch contest will be available on this website very soon.

Is there a registration fee?

No registration fee will be charged.

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