Join Forum 2 on May 11, 2021

Innovations in Genetic Improvement of Agricultural Systems


Register to participate in events, network with other participants and for additional information.

  • Hear the latest ideas at the leading edge of agricultural innovation.
  • Develop connections and networks among innovators and stakeholders, private and public sectors, and those with local and global perspectives.
  • Be inspired by entrepreneurs during upcoming pitch contests

Participation is FREE and open to all who have an interest in the application of agricultural innovations. Each event will be recorded and available to registrants after the event has concluded.

As the year unfolds, we will conduct up to six virtual events, each consisting of multiple sessions of presentations, moderated discussions, and Q&A sessions with world-renowned experts. Planned events include ePoster sessions and opportunities to enter or vote in pitch contests in which entrepreneurs present their business ideas to a panel of judges and compete for cash prizes.

The Forum’s innovation themes include:

1. Farms and Farmers of the Future – beginning March 2, 2021

     Session 1: Opening Session (March 2, 2021)
     Session 2: Efficient in producing wholesome products (March 12, 2021)
     Session 3: Sustainable and climate-smart (March 19, 2021)
     Session 4: Enabled with transformational technologies (March 23, 2021)
     Session 5: Informed and connected to markets (March 30, 2021).

2. Innovations in Genetic Improvement of Agricultural Systems – beginning May 11, 2021
     Session 1: Genetic Innovations in Crops (May 11, 2021)
     Session 2: Genetic Innovations in Livestock and Fisheries (May 18, 2021)
     Session 3: Innovations in Biological Amendments (June 1, 2021)
     Session 4: Expanding Access to Breeding Products (June 8, 2021)

3. Innovations in Post-Harvest Management – beginning June 29, 2021
4. Innovations in Entrepreneurship, Especially Among Youth – beginning August 24, 2021
5. Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies – beginning October 19, 2021
6. Innovations in Scaling –beginning December 14, 2021

Curated resources (documents, videos and useful links) for the Forums are available here.

The playlist for Global Agriculture Innovation Forum 2021 is available here.

We appreciate the guidance of our Advisory Group members:

  • Jaime Adams, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Office of the Chief Scientist, USDA
  • Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General, FAO
  • Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Azure Global
  • Mervyn Farroe, Director, Center for Development Innovation, USAID Global Development Lab
  • Martin Fregene, Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank
  • John McMurdy, Director of Emerging Markets & Development Partnerships, CropLife International
  • Shari Rogge-Fidler, President and CEO, Farm Foundation
  • Anita Sennett, Senior Director, Agriculture, Assoc. of Equipment Manufacturers and Secretariat, Agrievolution Alliance

About the 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 be valuable to entrepreneurs, producers, value-chain operators, service providers, and researchers, as well as donor agencies and implementing partners and will consist of a series of virtual events held throughout 2021.

Updated 04/16/2021

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?

Sessions 1-4 of Theme 1: Farms and Farmers of the Future will be March 12, 19, 23, 30. The events will each be held from 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT/3:00 CET (GMT+1).

Sessions 1-4 of Theme 2: Innovations in Genetic Improvement of Agricultural Systems will be May 11, 18, June 1, 8. The events will each be held from 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT/6:00 a.m. PT/3:00 CET (GMT+1).

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

The virtual event platform is live and registration is open. Click “Register Now” to register and view the event details.

Will the content be available for viewing after the event?

Recordings of Forum Sessions and additional video content is available at:


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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