World Agri-Tech Investment Summit

The World Food Center is a partner in the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit, with Josette Lewis moderating the panel discussion on "Climate Variability" and hosting a pre-summit tour of the UC Davis Oakville Research Station. 

The Summit is a business networking forum gathering global agribusinesses, VC investors and innovators. 

Climate Variability: Scaling Strategies for Sustainable Intensification

Wednesday March 16, 2016

  • California’s record breaking drought is indicative of climatic variability that is being experienced globally. Are there quick fix solutions available right now and where should growers be looking to invest to future proof against climatic variability?
  • Is it time to change where and what we grow according to climatic regions? What are the pros and cons of the locavore movement? Is regional agriculture appropriate in a global world?
  • Is there a way to understand soil and soil biome so that you can improve yield by less intensive means?
  • How can we link the food value chain to food security in the developing world?
  • How are consumer preferences and new regulations driving forward change in this sector? Can we develop new food options for consumers and deliver this at scale?

Session Chair:
Josette Lewis, Associate Director, World Food Center, UC Davis

Teddy Bekele, Senior Director IT, Land O’ Lakes
Haven Baker, VP & General Manager, Simplot Plant Sciences, Simplot Company
Marco Ferroni, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Switzerland
Yoav Zeif, President, Americas, Netafim, Israel

Pre-Summit Tour: Innovation in Action in the Napa Valley

Tuesday March 15, 2016


Maximize your time in San Francisco by joining fellow delegates for a tour to see agricultural innovation in action in the Napa Valley. The tour will visit sites featuring precision agriculture solutions developed at UC Davis, followed by a visit to the Chimney Rock Winery, with an exclusive opportunity to sample some of Napa’s finest wines.

UC Davis Research Winery
UC Davis has a unique 40-acre vineyard in Oakville in the heart of the Napa Valley, where the university has conducted 50 years of research to support the world renowned wine region. Looking toward the next generation of precision agriculture, the tour will provide an opportunity to see the latest in sensor technologies – from soil and crop sensors, to aerial imaging – to wireless data networks and drones being developed with UC Davis and commercial technology providers.

Chimney Rock Winery
The Innovation in Action tour will then continue onto Chimney Rock winery which is located on the famous Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Doug Fletcher, VP of Winemaking, will conduct a walking tour of the vineyards which are currently trialing sensors developed by Tule, a spin-off from UC Davis. We’ll also tour the grounds of the estate and Chimney Rock’s extensive processes used to craft their celebrated wines and we will finish the visit with a private wine tasting experience.

Transport will be by coach, departing from the Marriott Marquis hotel at 10am, returning in time for the Pre-Summit Networking Drinks at Planet Labs at 5.30pm. Lunch will be provided at UC Davis Research Facility.

Tickets for the tour are $200 – click here to book your place.