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Open Agriculture. Expanding opportunities for innovation in agriculture

ZHUKOVSKY HALL, October 16 17:45 — 19:00

One of the most conservative industries – agriculture – has joined the technological race. The landscape of the industry is rapidly changing under the influence of new technologies: they affect not only the way agricultural products are produced, but also the way they are transported, stored, sold, processed and consumed.

The Government, farmers, international corporations, research institutes, start-ups are engaged in developing new approaches to adapt the industry to the changing technological context. In Russia this work is closely related to the President's task of increasing the export potential of agricultural sector, because implementation of the task is impossible without the introduction of innovative approaches to agricultural sector.

The innovative ecosystem has started to shape in agriculture with the emergence of specialized centers for the development of technological solutions that are opened with the support of investors. In this regard, there is a growing demand for competences not traditionally associated with agro sector. To disclose the technological potential of the industry the knowledge of biology is not enough, because software engineers and mathematicians are needed to create tools for analyzing the data collected with drones and sensors or to write algorithms. Innovations in this relation require interdisciplinary cooperation.

Open dissemination of knowledge and competencies, their transformation into new products and services, will contribute to technological growth of agricultural sector. But it is necessary to manage the innovation process in such way that it could serve the implementation of priorities for agricultural development – digitalization of the industry and increase of Russia's share in the global agro market.

Topics for discussion:

  • Who should manage the innovations’ development in Russian agriculture?
  • Who is the main requestor of technological innovations for agriculture – the Government or agricultural producer?
  • What models of ecosystem interaction can trigger the generation of agro-technological innovations in Russia and their introduction to international markets: technologies transfer, the model of open innovations, public-private partnership?
    • What opportunities for cooperation of the participants of the innovative ecosystem are there in Russia? How to stimulate international corporations to invest in the development of innovations in Russia?
    • How to attract interdisciplinary competencies to the development of technological solutions for agriculture?