Smart Agri-Cultures for Sustainable Futures is a multidisciplinary forum dedicated to the role of technology and art through the lens of initiatives and policies that aim to bridge agriculture with economic and social well-being.

Productivity and efficiency in agriculture is a necessary condition for economic development in the periphery but also to ensure food security for the generations to come. Agriculture has one of the biggest environmental footprints, while it is also among the first to be impacted due to the climate crisis. The cost of modernizing production lines along with low productivity makes it difficult for smaller farmers to survive. This can lead to increasing inequalities in land ownership and new forms of exclusion. The need to strengthen the food system’s resilience & sustainability is more urgent than ever.

Onassis Stegi and MADE present ‘Smart agri-cultures for sustainable futures’, a two-day forum that includes talks and panel discussions, as well as an introduction to best practices and initiatives at the nexus of arts, technology, science and agriculture.

Agriculture provides numerous opportunities and will be critical to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a sustainable future. In an era that combines modern technologies, AI, and data to optimise existing agricultural activities and the growing demand for agricultural goods, plant and animal products such as food, natural textiles, but also wood for construction and even paper products, the agricultural economy itself faces major challenges (need for continuous innovation, volatility of markets and consumption trends, climate change, natural resources, risk of brain drain from rural areas).

We explore Earth’s uncharted territories: the future land as space, place, production, nutrition, empowerment, future work, decentralization, and inspiration. The need for collective consciousness and balance between natural resources, emerging technologies, environmental policies and creativity as a lens of enlightenment and imagination, highlighting the possibilities of agriculture through regional innovation, production of knowledge, the arts and the sciences.

Conference program features lectures, interdisciplinary dialogues and panels.

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