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The Call for Papers and Cases allows researchers, practitioners and companies to submit contributions and case studies to the IAIC. (Image source: DLG)

Event News

Organised by the International Association for Agricultural Sustainability (IAAS), this year's International Agriculture Innovation Conference (IAIC 2024) which is partnered by the German Agricultural Society (DLG) will be taking place on 10 June 2024 at the DLG's headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany

The conference titled: 'Advancing Sustainable Agriculture through Innovation,' will be uniting leading global experts, practitioners and stakeholders from the agribusiness sector who will discuss the future of agriculture, including ways to achieve the global goals of food security, poverty reduction and climate protection. It will also include a practical excursion programme to selected industry partners on 11 and 12 June. 

Moreover, the Call for Papers and Cases for the conference is now open, allowing researchers, practitioners and companies to submit contributions and case studies to the IAIC. With a focus on sustainable developments, the technical scope of eligible contributions covers a wide range of topics relating to the agricultural value chain, from plant and animal production to packaging and legal issues. The deadline for submissions in 20 May 2024.

Further details on the broad range of topics in the field of sustainable agriculture and the procedure for submitting papers can be found at:https://iaic.iaas.org.sg/author-guide.

dsm-firmenich and Agrifirm collaborate to revolutionise poultry production. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Poultry

dsm-firmenich, a leading innovator in nutrition, health, and beauty, has joined forces with Agrifirm, a prominent agricultural cooperative, to unveil an innovative joint venture aimed at revolutionising poultry production 

The Indo-US Millets Initiative aims to raise awareness about the benefits of millets and sorghum and increase and exchange research regarding their implementation into current food systems. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Agriculture

Sorghum United CEO, Nate Blum discusses the recent launch of the Indo-US Millets initiative that is bringing together major players across India and the US, to unlock the potential of resilient, nutrition-packed crops called millets

In a world grappling with the ever-increasing challenges of climate change, food security has become a paramount concern. With extreme weather events, water scarcity, and rising temperatures to contend with, it is imperative that we find climate-resilient agricultural solutions for the future to support our growing population. 

Many of the crops that we heavily rely on today, such as rice, wheat, and maize, are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Studies predict that maize production will drop 15-20% in North and South America by 2050, which could have a devastating effect on the population. Rice is a staple for nearly half of our population, yet rising temperatures could result in a 40% decrease in rice yields by 2100. In Africa and South Asia, where food security is already a significant concern, wheat yield is predicted to lower 15-16% by the middle of the century.

But all is not lost. The Indo-US Millets Initiative, a collaborative effort between organisations in India and the United States, has been launched to help solve these pressing food production issues. Spearheaded by several organisations across both countries, including the North American Millets Alliance, India Millets Initiative, Sorghum United, and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, the initiative aims to raise awareness about the benefits of millets and sorghum and increase and exchange research regarding their implementation into current food systems.

Despite being overshadowed for so long, millets and sorghum offer numerous nutritional and environmental benefits, and it’s time we take advantage of them. These grains have a significantly higher tolerance to drought and heat than maize, wheat, and rice, making them more reliable crops as global temperatures continue to elevate. Moreover, millets and sorghum require 30% less water than current staple crops, holding the potential to reduce water irrigation demand by 33%. In addition, they also provide numerous health benefits that wheat, rice and maize lack. 

As the Indo-US Millets Initiative works to bring millets and sorghum back into the limelight, there are several challenges to overcome. In order to increase the production of these grains, there is a pressing need for additional research into developing high-yielding seed varieties and efficient processing strategies as well as technical support for farmers. Public access and awareness must also be increased in order to incentivise these important steps.

The United Nations declared 2023 the 'International Year of Millets,' demonstrating an increasing interest in exploring millets as a weapon against food insecurity. With the initiative and other millets programmes, such as the Alternative Crops Lab, based in Nebraska, the area is poised to take the lead as a hub for millets and sorghum research and development within the US. Recently, experiments have been greenlighted to study the contrast in greenhouse gas emissions from maize and millets, and new varieties of millets have been tested in Nebraska’s climate. There have also been efforts to begin studies of consumer demand and farmer profitability.

Given the uncertainties surrounding future food production and the challenges posed by climate change, the importance of investigating millets and sorghum as viable solutions cannot be overstated. As these grains gain renewed popularity, they illuminate a sustainable path toward improving global health and securing food stability.

For more information, visit: https://sorghumunited.com/

In addition to its scientific validation, BeCrop Technology stands out for its accessibility via API connections. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Machinery & Equipment

Global agtech company, Biome Makers recently announced its contribution to the publication of two scientific studies validating the efficacy and reliability of the company’s revolutionary technology

These landmark papers demonstrate a significant leap forward in the field of soil health intelligence and predicting soil functionality. The first study titled 'Physicochemical properties and microbiome of vineyard soils from DOP Ribeiro (NW Spain) are influenced by agricultural management,' evaluated the impact of conventional and sustainable management systems of vineyards from DOP Ribeiro on the soil’s condition. The second study, titled 'Enrichment of putative plant growth promoting microorganisms in biodynamic compared to organic agriculture soils,' investigates regenerative versus organic agricultural soils in three locations in Germany and 21 locations in France.

Both these studies highlight the effectiveness of Biome Makers’ technology, BeCrop, and its proprietary indexes in microbial metabolism, soil bio-sustainability, while also detecting stress, nutrient deficiencies, and correlating with different management practices. The significance of these findings extends beyond Biome Makers’ own technology, by also highlighting the superiority of the soil database and intelligence over others in the market.

In addition to its scientific validation, BeCrop Technology stands out for its accessibility via API connections. This means that BeCrop's powerful soil intelligence solutions can seamlessly integrate into existing agricultural systems, enabling farmers and agricultural professionals to harness the benefits of advanced soil health assessment without disrupting their workflow.

"These papers are a testament to our commitment to transparency and scientific excellence," said Biome Makers’ Chief Science Officer and co-founder, Dr Alberto Acedo. "By opening our technology for peer review and validation, we aim to foster trust and collaboration while pushing the boundaries of soil health data and innovative technology."

For more information, visit: https://biomemakers.com/