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ICABR 2018: Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains and Rural Development

Washington, DC, USA
June 12, 2018 – June 15, 2018
The World Bank

ILSI Research Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Morven McLean, will be participating in the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) Conference on Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains and Rural Development, organized in partnership with the World Bank. The multidisciplinary forum aims to facilitate interactions between leading academics, World Bank staff, policymakers, government experts, civil society organizations, private-sector representatives, and representatives of other international organizations.

Multiple changes in the food system structure and agriculture raise new opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector. In the developing world, these changes started in Asia and Latin America, and they are rapidly emerging in Africa. Urbanization and increased urban demand for food, fiber, and fuel present new market opportunities for farmers, entrepreneurs, and agribusiness in the developing world. Growing concerns over climate change, pollution and food safety are reflected in increasing consumer demand for environmental services, biofuel, and improved food quality from the agricultural sector. Failure to adapt to these changes may cause the rural sector and smallholder farmers to fall further behind.

Rapid advances in the biological sciences and information technology are leading to new technologies and services that facilitate responses to changing food systems and provide new opportunities for improving agricultural productivity, rural employment, and the efficiency of the agricultural value chain. However, they can also disrupt traditional value chains.
Adapting to these changes requires a rapid transformation of all segments of the agricultural supply chain: farms (upstream), processing, storage and wholesaling (midstream), and retailing and delivery to consumers (downstream).

Learn more about the event on the ICABR website.