The Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation of Kansas City and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center of St. Louis have partnered to produce a white paper entitled AgTech: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Agriculture. Behind the report is a stark reality – more food has to be produced in the next 40 years than has been produced in all of human history to date. Coupled with that reality is the hope embodied in a newly emerging economic sector, which the white paper’s authors call “sustainable agricultural technology,” or, more simply, “AgTech.” The report has three purposes:
- Increase awareness of the productivity and sustainability challenges of the food system and inspire entrepreneurs to enter the field.
- Help increase the flow of capital to investments in AgTech.
- Highlight the need for regional AgTech entrepreneur support systems to accelerate innovation.
The entire report can be read here. The Kaufmann Foundation’s summary is posted on its web site, and the Danforth Plant Science Center’s summary has been posted to the center’s blog, Roots and Shoots.