Key outcome: Agrifood synergies in education, science, business and public sector, is the only way towards productive, innovative and sustainable agriculture in Greece
"The future of Greek and European agriculture in the digital era" was dynamically debated between the 235 delegates of the AgriBusiness 2018, held in Serres, Greece, 1-3 November 2018. The conference successfully gave floor to agribusiness leaders, from education, science, business and public sector that identified trends, assessed implications and reviewed the resulting challenges and policy options while confronted decision-makers for the near-future Greek agriculture.
AgriBusiness Forum was attended by 235 delegates from Greece and abroad among which producers, leading and innovative businesses, research and educational institutions, academia, financial services, interlocutors and public sector. Participants analyzed trends, identified challenges, presented innovative tools and exchanged views on how to modernize through digitization and digital transformation the production, processing and distribution of agricultural products with high added value in Greece and the wider region.
Delegates and media endorsed AgriBusiness Forum as the best ever agtech & agrifood event in Greece thanks to the high quality of speakers, the content-driven sessions and its parallel networking and training activities. These activities included the Masterclass, a workshop for agri-entrepreneurs, the Hellenic Challenge, a pitch contest with prizes, a field visit provided knowledge on geothermy, as well as ample networking opportunities between leaders and experts in the Greek and European agricultural industry.
Key message of the AgriBusiness Forum 2018 is the necessity for fast adoption and implementation of cross-sectoral synergies in the agri-food value chain, being the only viable solution for a productive, innovative and sustainable agriculture in Greece. Forum’s seven interactive sessions (CAP in Greece & the EU post-2020, Financial Instruments, New Technologies & AgriDistribution Logistics, Smart Plant Farming, Smart Livestock Farming, Industry & Academia synergies) formed serious building blocks in exchanging and debating information.
During AgriBusiness Forum 2018, all major banking lenders in Greece (National Bank, Piraeus Bank, Alpha Bank, Eurobank), as well as the European Investment Fund (EIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) and micro-lender MicroSTARS have announced that it will be soon available targeted funding instruments meeting the needs of the local agri-food industry.
Overall, AgriBusiness Forum is committed at:
In this context, AgriBusiness Forum 2018 provided following:
The AgriBusiness Forum on 2-3 November 2018, a dynamic, professional, organic, networking conference focusing on a new generation of entrepreneurship by gathering and connecting the greatest exponents of Greek and European agriculture.
AgriBusiness Forum 2018 highlighted the topics:
The qualitative of the AgriBusiness Forum 2018 include, but not limited to, following:
AgriBusiness Forum next edition will be held on 7-9 November 2019 and be open to a number of neighbor countries to Greece. Meanwhile, specific AgriBusiness events will be considered at taking place in other regions across Greece, provided they offer significant footprint or innovation to the agricultural sector.