I believe that the link between innovation and agriculture is the way to ensure global food security. I would like to see a program established that links farmers with entrepreneurs and start ups. This would allow those with a idea or business proposition access to farmers with first hand knowledge and the possibility to have their product trialed. It would provide farmers with access to new ideas and innovations that could help to increase yields, productivity and profits. Currently, the majority of start ups are based in urban areas, and therefore lack this contact with people in agriculture. This program could overcome vast distance to allow for knowledge transfer to improve food security through innovation.

user picture Kate Maddern · 2 years ago · 248 votes · 8 comments
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Great idea Kate to make the link at a grass roots level between farmers & innovators. I believe food security is not just about economics of yields, productivity & profits. We need to include food health (nutrition) & land health (sustainability) into the link as well. Modern technology should open opportunities for small business operators to get exposure in the market place without conforming to systems imposed by big business.
Donna Meyer · 2 years ago
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Fantastic
Helen Hobbs · 2 years ago
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Kate, given the number of votes for your proposal, I hope they invited you to attend the Policy Hackathon? :-)
Jason Harrop · 2 years ago
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louise eckersley · 2 years ago
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Great idea Kate. Would be interesting to investigate new ways of linking farmers and business.
maryann brown · 2 years ago
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See also http://oursay.org/community/policyhack/incentives-for-regional-businesses
Jason Harrop · 2 years ago
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A really good idea Jason. What kind of incentives are you thinking of?
Kate Maddern · 2 years ago
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two fold: (1) as Andy White put it "making it easy for regional entrepreneurs to get to major city technology hubs", and (2) designate/anoint a few "smart regional centres" in each state, then do things to attract people there.
Jason Harrop · 2 years ago
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