Thank you to our 340 delegates, and 47 speakers who travelled from 25 countries to be with us for #GIFSconf2016.

Together we launched a truly global conversation on Mobilizing Emerging Technologies to the Developing World for Global Food Security.

Watch the entire conference as it unfolded on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.


This is a global discussion, if there ever was one. As the global population reaches 9 billion in the next 30 years, the question of how to feed everyone, everywhere, every day, becomes everyone’s business.

At this conference we’ve deliberately brought together the world’s preeminent researchers, thinkers and policy makers on agriculture and the developing world to discuss the problem.

However, it’s not a global conference unless we make it global.  We’re democratizing this conference so that even if you couldn’t make it to the conference, you can be part of what’s happening at Emerging Technologies; you can take in a panel session or hear a keynote speaker.

“This is one of those problems that we will need to work together to solve, and our aim is to start a truly global discussion here.”  – Dr. Maurice Moloney, Executive Director and CEO, GIFS.


“We’re truly aiming to bring everyone into the discussion.  We’re excited for a great conference, and for this to be the place where a meaningful global conversation takes root, and grows.”  

About the Conference

A 2.5-day conference focusing on emerging technologies for global food security – mobilizing to the developing world. The conference featured an IQ2 debate, 10 international plenary speakers, and 30 concurrent session or workshop speakers - all to soon be available in HD video.

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"If you care at all about the future of the world's food supply, you care – whether you know it or not – about Saskatchewan."
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Columnist – The New York Times

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Global Food Security: Not Just Quantity, But Quality. Dr. Maurice Moloney, GIFS ED & CEO at the Frances Morrison Li…
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Stuart Smyth @stuartsmyth66 of the University of Saskatchewan and colleagues in Australia calculate that the delaye…
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