Countdown to Agrivision 2017

Agtech, AMR and Kofi Annan are all on the agenda for next week and the prospect is enticing. AgriVision 2017 is an opportunity to be part of a crucial debate, potentially helping to make a difference to how we behave globally and how people are treated in some of the tougher corners of the developing world.

Former United Nations' Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is the ideal headliner for a two-day programme which will seek to discover why 795 million people still to go to bed hungry every day, how antimicrobial resistance (AMR) persists as one of the greatest threats to global public health and what today's Agtech entrepreneurs are doing with the $5 billion they've been given by the investment community.

Having Kofi Annan as part of such an important global event, 11 years on from the end of his UN term, highlights his immense contribution to international affairs from January 1997 to December 2006 and the continued value of his work since then.

In addition to setting up his own foundation in 2007 to 'promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more secure world', he also chairs the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the African Progress Panel, organisations with food security, sustainable agriculture and the prosperity of smallholder farmers at their core.