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Program Dates
June 18-21, 2017

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
Miami, Florida

Continuing the three-year initiative, "Become the Solution: Food Security 2050," this year's conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the food and agribusiness firms that play a major role in feeding the growing and diversified global population.

The conference will explore the changing demands of consumers in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres and bring together insights around challenges facing the global food system. Bringing together agribusiness industry, academics and students, and policy makers, we can become the solution and focus on questions facing agriculture today.

How will food and agribusiness firms manage not only the growth in demand, but the increasing diversity of diets demanded by global consumers?

How are major food companies adjusting their sourcing strategies to meet these changing demands?

What implications do these strategies have for global food and agricultural trade? How do they impact the suppliers seeking to enter or remain a part of these major demand chains?

Keen attention will be paid to the implications of these challenges and opportunities for the future needs in talent, technology and sustainability.

Globally Focused

While the program is situated in the United States, IFAMA World Conference will provide a strategic and forward thinking platform for you to learn and connect with new ideas and people from around the world. The global perspectives will truly reflect the challenges and opportunities of each region as program sessions will be led by professional agribusiness industry and expert faculty representatives from all over the globe.

China will help kick-off the program with a Pacific Rim view of the future of food demand for this important growing population.

Sub-Saharan Africa will host a session exploring the major opportunities and challenges for firms in their region that seek to become key suppliers to the major food companies of the world.

India, South America and the United States will examine the important roles of the cold supply chain for food distribution and the role of technology in advancing the productivity of agriculture to meet the growing and diversified demands of the food industry. They will also address the significant opportunities and challenges of meeting developing country demands for safe, abundant, affordable foods.

Interactively Networked

IFAMA is a vibrant association with members from over 50 countries. The strength of the World Conference is the interaction of industry, government, academics and researchers, and top agribusiness students. This year in Miami will be no exception. The program will begin the evening of Saturday, June 17 with a student reception signifying the kick-off of the academic program. The academic program will feature the IFAMA Student Case

Competition with teams competing from all over the world in three different categories: Advanced Graduate teams, Graduate teams and Undergraduate teams. Sessions featuring the latest in academic research on food and agribusiness management throughout the week will provide opportunities for academics and industry to engage over opportunities and challenges facing the industry and decision-makers. Designated networking and engagement time will allow shared ideas in both formal and informal settings.


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