Agriculture and the agrifood supply chain provide a significant contribution to the Oceania region’s greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers and growers can play a critical role to address this challenge.
In New Zealand, our major food producers face more regulation and increasing amounts of compliance legislation. Yet whilst much of the discussion to-date has focused on the additional costs that these bring, not enough focus has been given to just how our primary sector can meet the threats posed by climate change.
The 2035 Oceania Summit focused on the role that agrifood technology will play in supporting farmers and growers reduce emissions to net zero, as well as build more resilient growing systems to address the ongoing impact of our rapidly changing climate.
Addressing these issues today is not only good for the environment, it's also an economic imperative. As global consumers and the extended supply chain demand a reduction in food production’s carbon footprint, the region’s ability to reach international markets will be put under severe strain without implementing change.
The Summit successfully addressed many of these major challenges and the opportunities that this conversation brings. Thank you to all the speakers, moderators and delegates for helping make this happen.