Side Events

Side Events

Participation of the National Rural Network to the AgriBusiness Forum 2021

Networking in rural areas is widely recognized and adopted as a key tool for supporting and promoting sustainable rural development. Τhe main added value of networking is to provide solutions to the problems faced by rural areas through sharing knowledge and information and encouraging the dialogue between the stakeholders.

Within the framework of the European Rural Development Policy, National Rural Networks have been established in all Member States, in order to:

  • Improve the quality of Rural Development Programs
  • Increase the involvement of stakeholders in the implementation of rural development
  • Inform the broader public and potential beneficiaries on rural development policy benefits and funding opportunities
  • Foster innovation in agriculture, food production, forestry and rural areas which is analyzed in:
    • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices on innovation issues
    • Establish dialogue between farmers and researchers and facilitate the inclusion of all stakeholders in the knowledge exchange process.

One of the actions of the National Rural Network is the support of Measure 16 “Cooperation” of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 through the networking of the members of the Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture as well as the dissemination of the results of their work. The task of the Operational Groups is to co-operate in order to connect research with production through pilot innovative projects. These projects should aim to the agricultural sustainability and productivity or to protection of the environment and adaptation to the climate change, which are priorities of the European Commission for the present and the next Programming Period.

For the next Programming Period, the role of the National Rural Network, which has been proposed to be called CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) Network, will be key in fostering and supporting the next CAP cross-cutting objective of agriculture and rural areas modernization through Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems for Farmers (AKIS).

Agribusiness forum is an opportunity for the National Rural Network members to empower networking, knowledge exchange and foster innovation in the agri-food sector.

Meeting of InoFA members within the framework of AgriBusiness Forum 2021

The meeting is organized by the Cluster’s Coordinator (American Farm School of Thessaloniki) in order to inform its members about the progress of implementation of Phase A of the project and the best preparation for the start of the implementation of Phase II expected to commence in the coming days.

The emphasis will be given on the first conclusions resulting from the Coordinator’s contact with the members of the Cluster in regard to the digital maturity of the member companies.

The digital transformation of the agri-food sector is progressing rapidly and the bet that Greek companies in the industry are called to win is to achieve high levels of integration of digital technologies in their daily practice and the automation of processes. The aim is to achieve faster speeds of responding to the demands of partners, customers and consumers while increasing reliability and reducing operating costs, especially labor costs.

All members of InoFa who are expected to attend the workshop have valuable know-how that can act as a catalyst for accelerating the desired digital transformation in the agri-food supply chain of our country by enhancing the skills of workers in the industry and increasing the chances of success in various activities such as food exports.

The meeting takes place in the framework of the project “Integration of cutting-edge technology to strengthen the value chain of Greek quality products. Internet of Things in Agri-Food Alliances – InoFA”, ΓΓ1CL-0056368 which is part of the action CLUSTERS.

21ABF21 SDG’s

UN Agenda 2030

AgriBusiness Forum promotes the UN 2030 Agenda, being its activities related with the following SDGs

SDG-Goal-02

End hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG-Goal-04

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG-Goal-05

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG-Goal-06

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

SDG-Goal-07

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG-Goal-08

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG-Goal-09

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG-Goal-10

Reduce inequality within and among countries

SDG-Goal-11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG-Goal-12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG-Goal-13

Take action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG-Goal-15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

SDG-Goal-17

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

21ABF21 Official Partners

Official Partners

AgriBusiness Forum Official Partners are leading international institutions and organizations fostering at deepening their impact and spreading their mission statement in Greece and beyond. 

 

Aforementioned organizations are highly advancing UN 2030 Agenda within the framework of AgriBusiness Forum international editions, being partnerships, environment, food, gender equality, innovation, climate action, sustainable societies etc.

 

Official partners may hold seat to the Advisory Board, the Scientific and the Field Experts Committees, whilst they are offered following advantages:

  • Programming partners and ownership of a session 
  • Advancing human, environmental and socioeconomic issues 
  • Extensive branding throughout AgriBusiness Forum on/offline materials
  • Exhibiting space
  • Number of complimentary conference registration fees
  • Social media campaigns
  • Collecting  data relevant to their mission

21ABF21 Why Does Our Work Matter

Why Does Our Work Matter

AgriBusiness Forum bridges sciences, businesses and farmers for tackling agrifood & environmental challenges

ΑgriBusiness Forum work matters, being:

  • International: with extensive networking across Europe, Asia and Americas
  • Trusted: being independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan platform
  • Credible: delivering objective studies, undergoing of rigorous peer review
  • Relevant: providing content-driven arguments & data to the public discourse
  • Transparent: rolling clear outputs to its audiences
  • Evident: boasting content for impact overseen by experienced academics and businesses

We at AgriBusiness Forum, investing in farm to fork approach by:

  • Providing content driven and multidisciplinary agenda
  • Disseminating innovation, digitization and digital transformation across agrifood value chain
  • Hosting first class speakers from education, research, businesses and policy makers
  • Accommodating multidimensional audience from business, farming, financing, academia and the public sectors
  • Boasting dialogue and debates between panels and the audience
  • Integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Fueling the competitive advantage of the agrifood systems in Greece and beyond
  • Connecting layers of learning, challenging, conferencing, field-visiting and networking activities
  • Supporting early stage innovative scaleups at reaching higher growth potentials
  • Adopting high-scaling partnerships and conference proceedings

21ABF21 Why Attend

Why Attend

Below some reasons on why joining AgriBusiness Forum:

  • Sharpen the saw and gain new contacts;
  • Boost personal outreach and networking opportunities;
  • Attire contacts from agribusiness leaders, agtech innovators, farmers and policy makers;
  • Gain insights from first class speakers and influencers;
  • Participate to vigorous dialogues and debates;
  • Grasp cross-sectoral knowledge on the agrifood value chain;
  • Be part of agrotechnology future developments;
  • Identify new ideas from innovative businesses & scaleups;

AgriBusiness Forum work matters, being:

  • International: with extensive networking across Europe, Asia and Americas
  • Trusted: being independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan platform
  • Credible: delivering objective studies, undergoing of rigorous peer review
  • Relevant: providing content-driven arguments & data to the public discourse
  • Transparent: rolling clear outputs to its audiences
  • Evident: boasting content for impact overseen by experienced academics and businesses

We at AgriBusiness Forum, investing in farm to fork approach by:

  • Providing content driven and multidisciplinary agenda
  • Disseminating innovation, digitization and digital transformation across agrifood value chain
  • Hosting first class speakers from education, research, businesses and policy makers
  • Accommodating multidimensional audience from business, farming, financing, academia and the public sectors
  • Boasting dialogue and debates between panels and the audience
  • Integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Fueling the competitive advantage of the agrifood systems in Greece and beyond
  • Connecting layers of learning, challenging, conferencing, field-visiting and networking activities
  • Supporting early stage innovative scaleups at reaching higher growth potentials
  • Adopting high-scaling partnerships and conference proceedings

21ABF21 Travel Information

Travel Information

A. Flying to Athens 

Athens is accessible with more than 130 countries being gateway to the amazing Greek islands and mainland destinations. The award-winning Athens International Airport (Venizelos International Airport) is located about 20 km (12 miles) east of the city. You may find out more regarding a flight from your destination to Athens below:

Upon your arrival, you have the three available options to get the city center:

EXPRESS Bus routes connect directly the Athens International Airport (AIA) with Athens city center. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days a week including holidays. Buses depart from the Arrivals Level. BUS tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk (located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (ask operator) at no extra cost.

If you select this option you may take Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias – Athens International Airport), which connects the Athens airport with the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip from the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) lasts 40 minutes. Metro timetable and tickets here.

Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs around €35* from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50* from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

Note: The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras. * applicable surcharges included: toll cost, luggage fee, VAT and airport charge.

B. Transport in the city

  1. In Athens, there is an extensive, low cost public transport network covering the city including bus, underground, trolley, tram and taxi. You can use all means of public transport with the same ticket (not from/to the airport). A single ticket costs €1.40 and is valid for 90 minutes.

C. Tickets for Public Transport

Tickets and passes (Ath.ena tickets) for public transport are sold at ticket booths and machines in all Athens Metro and tram stations. There are three types of Ath.ena tickets: a paper ticket, an anonymous card that you can top up, and a personalized card. These tickets can be used on all forms of public transport.

D. Ticket Prices

A standard ticket on Athens public transport costs €1.40. Students and senior citizens over 65 are entitled to a reduced fare of €0.60 (student ID and proof of age are required upon ticket control or during purchase). Children up to the age of 6 travel free of charge; ages 7-18 pay €0.60 (proof of age required is required upon ticket control or during purchase).

Each ticket can be used for 90 minutes on any form of public transport (except services to/from the airport).

  • Day Pass (€4.50) is valid for unlimited travel (except airport services) for 24 hours.
  • 5-Day Ticket (€9) is valid for unlimited travel on all modes of transport (except airport services and bus line Χ80) for 5 days.
  • 3-Day Tourist Ticket (€22) is valid for unlimited travel (including 1 round trip to/from Athens International Airport).

For more information on prices, visit the Athens Transport website.

For more information on public transport in Athens, call 11185 or visit www.oasa.gr

E. Metro

The fastest means of getting around Athens is the Metro. The Athens Metro system consists of 3 lines and connects to the tram, bus routes and suburban railway. The Metro runs daily from 5 am to midnight. Lines 2 and 3 operate until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. At peak hours, trains run approximately every 5-6 minutes however, during the evenings and nights trains run every 10-13 minutes. More at Athens Metro Website

Line 1 is an overground train (commonly known among Greeks as ESAP) that runs from the northern suburb of Kifissia to the port of Piraeus. It connects to lines 2 and 3 at three stations (Attiki, Omonia and Monastiraki). More at Athens Piraeus Electric Railways Website

F. Taxis

Taxis are not expensive (though there is a minimum fare of €3,50 during the day and €5 after 23:00). You can pick them up at taxi ranks, stop them in the street or ask the reception desk to call one for you. The fare is charged per kilometer and per hour, so it is better to make certain that the meter is switched on as soon as you set off. Beat (formerly Taxibeat) is an app-based yellow taxi service which finds your location, gives you choice of taxis and offers the options of paying in cash, by card, or Paypal. Uber is also available in Athens with the UberTaxi product—you can call an Uber via your app and a yellow taxi will pick you up. Radio taxis is another option if you don’t feel like hitting the pavement to hail a cab, or if you want to ask for a specific pick-up time and date.

G. Visa Information & Requirements

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. Please contact your local Embassy / Consulate for full and official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa, if required.

If you are uncertain concerning your Visa Requirements, please visit this online link to check if you are required to obtain a Visa to Greece.

H. Letter of Invitation
Individuals need an official Letter of Invitation, it can be requested upon registration to the conference. Such Letter of Invitation will be provided within a week of your request and following to the payment of your registration. The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the Conference organisers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the Conference are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

It is declared that ABF has no responsibility about prices and schedules of any means of transport.

21ABF21 The Organizer

The Organizer

Geo Routes Institute, nonprofit & nongovernmental organization, is planning, developing and providing journeys and events of cultural, environmental and educational character in Greece and beyond. Geo Routes in Greece, highlights cultural heritage, facilitates intercultural dialogue and fosters welfare and the development of the society.

Geo Routes cultural journeys are held under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and “best practice” in the framework of “Culture-Tourism-Development”. Its journeys focus on Agriculture-Gastronomy, Flora-Fauna-Environment, History-Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Places of Religious Interest, Trekking Trails-Hiking, Geology-Energy resources, Aquatic Biology.

Geo Routes is the owner and official organizer of the leading international conferences, the Balkans & Black Sea Forum and the AgriBusiness Forum.

More information: www.geo-routes.com

21ABF21 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our flexible sponsorship plan offers range of opportunities at strengthening your corporate networking and outreach.  

Below some reasons on why supporting AgriBusiness Forum:

As Corporate:

  • Speaker opportunities;
  • Leading Partners opportunities;
  • Extensive branding throughout AgriBusiness Forum on/offline materials;
  • Corporate outreach and networking opportunities;
  • Complimentary conference registration fees;
  • Speakers’ interview to media sponsors
  • One to One meetings with speakers and/or innovative scaleups;
  • Exhibiting space;
  • Social media campaigns

As Delegate

  • Sharpen the saw and gain new contacts;
  • Boost personal outreach and networking opportunities;
  • Attire contacts from agribusiness leaders, agtech innovators, farmers and policy makers;
  • Gain insights from first class speakers and influencers;
  • Participate to vigorous dialogues and debates;
  • Grasp cross-sectoral knowledge on the agrifood value chain;
  • Be part of agrotechnology future developments;
  • Identify new ideas from innovative businesses & scaleups;

AgriBusiness Forum work matters, being:

  • International: with extensive networking across Europe, Asia and Americas
  • Trusted: being independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan platform
  • Credible: delivering objective studies, undergoing of rigorous peer review
  • Relevant: providing content-driven arguments & data to the public discourse
  • Transparent: rolling clear outputs to its audiences
  • Evident: boasting content for impact overseen by experienced academics and businesses

We at AgriBusiness Forum, investing in farm to fork approach by:

  • Providing content driven and multidisciplinary agenda
  • Disseminating innovation, digitization and digital transformation across agrifood value chain
  • Hosting first class speakers from education, research, businesses and policy makers
  • Accommodating multidimensional audience from business, farming, financing, academia and the public sectors
  • Boasting dialogue and debates between panels and the audience
  • Integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Fueling the competitive advantage of the agrifood systems in Greece and beyond
  • Connecting layers of learning, challenging, conferencing, field-visiting and networking activities
  • Supporting early stage innovative scaleups at reaching higher growth potentials
  • Adopting high-scaling partnerships and conference proceedings