AVF announces Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director, Trade and Markets Division, FAO, as a keynote speaker at Urban Future Global Conference.
Dr. Schmidhuber holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Technical University of Munich. His work and research has been published in books, peer-reviewed journals and official documents of organisations including the OECD, IPCC, and FAO. He brings a critical understanding of both global and hyper-localised trends that are influencing the economics and feasibility of indoor farming in cities of the future.
“There is a growing recognition that urban agriculture can make an important contribution to better diets at lower resource footprints, enhanced mirco-climates (ambient cooling) and even reduced import dependencies. I share and support this view”, Josef Schmidhuber said.
Unlocking the potential of indoor farming in cities of the future
Dr. Schmidhuber acknowledges that controlled-environment agriculture is a disruptive technology in the field of smart farming. But how do we transition from disruptive to sustained? What factors are necessary for a greater uptake, integration and implementation of these vital technologies?
He will present on urbanisation from a macro perspective, giving key insights into the global shift toward more urbanised societies, before zooming in on a micro view (MENA region and UAE in particular) to illustrate the importance of CEA in this increasingly urban future.