Reinventing our Systems

Water is the critical resource for food security. Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water withdrawals globally. However, water is a finite resource that is over-allocated, in increasing demand and poorly managed. That is why the agrifood industry has to come up with new ways to do more with less. Here is where the water sector comes in.

Watertech has a huge potential to reduce the sectors water use while still maintaining reliable and quality food supply (H2O Magazine). At the same time our world faces a major challenge in terms of water scarcity. If we continue the current trajectory, demand for freshwater will exceed supply by 40% in 2030. Existing systems are inadequate to meet rising demand. Game-changing solutions are essential to achieve an environmentally sustainable and economically viable water cycle. So the stakes are high, and the consequences are clear. So to make real progress on the world’s biggest challenges, business giants have to make the water transition a top priority in the coming years. However, corporate commitments around water stewardship get far less airtime than those for emissions reductions and regenerative agriculture, though in recent years this has started to change. Many started to agree water is the next big priority for climate action. Agrifood corporates have a role to play given their global supply chains and the sheer influence many of these brands have on production systems and consumers. (Agfunder).

We have invited thought leaders to discuss the points addressed above such as: cross sectoral collaboration; create more air time for water; the role of business giants; current investment trends and best practices in adapting water technologies within agrifood.

May 23 @ 13:45
13:45 — 15:00 (1h 15′)