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CropWorld Global 2011 – Just Getting Better

This year’s CropWorld Global is looking to be another exciting event for the global crop production industry. With over 2,000 key opinion formers expected to attend, the event already has delegates and visitors registered from far-flung places around the world – from Uzbekistan to Uruguay and South Africa to Singapore as well as the traditional European, American and Chinese markets. The event takes place at the ExCel Centre, London from 31 October to 2 November and is organised by UBM, in association with BCPC.

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As well as a full day of plenaries, there will be 18 topic-focused modules, poster sessions and a R&D platform presenting new research and products over the three days. But it is the topicality of the programme that seems to be attracting the most interest in the event. To deliver this there are 120 renowned speakers from companies and organizations across the globe including: Dr Santie de Villiers from International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Kenya who will be speaking in the Biotech and GM session; Dr Thorleif Enger from Agrinos in Norway who will be contributing to the Biotech and beyond session and Dr Jerry Knox from the Cranfield Institute for Water Science, UK who will be presenting a paper in the Water and Irrigation session on Day Two of the congress. A complete list of the speakers and sessions can be found on the CropWorld website.

Dr Jerry Knox

Dr Jerry Knox

Said Dr Jerry Knox, Principal Research Fellow, Cranfield University, “My presentation will focus on the challenges of meeting future food crop production to meet a burgeoning global population under a changing and more variable climate. It will draw on a systematic review of the evidence of climate impacts on crop productivity in Africa and South Asia focusing on projected changes in yield for major crop types, including: rice, wheat, maize, sugarcane, millet and cassava. The importance of ‘water for food’ will be highlighted and the need for agriculture to increase productivity through sustainable intensification.”

Dr Thorleif Enger

Dr Thorleif Enger

Commenting on the issues he will be covering in his session, Dr Thorleif Enger, chairman, Agrinos said, “Yesterday’s solutions are no longer good enough if we are to meet tomorrow’s challenges. The next generation of agricultural technology needs to increase the efficiency of the resources that we have at hand, be practical in use and easy to adopt on a global scale if we are to meet the increase in food demand from a growing population”.

The event offers an unparalleled opportunity for networking and for business to take place. The exhibition – which runs during the event – attracts over 100 exhibitors from all the key areas of interest in crop production including: packaging and labelling companies, contract research organizations (CROs), seeds and agrochemical companies, regulatory bodies, and an array of companies involved in plant breeding, soil management, application equipment, lab testing and education and training.

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