Science, Technology and Innovation

Introducing the Agrifood Systems Technologies and Innovations Outlook (ATIO) 

When: 20 October 2022 | 16:00 – 17:45 hrs (CEST)

Where: FAO Plenary Hall

Modality: Hybrid



This event will introduce the FAO Agrifood Systems Technologies and Innovations Outlook (ATIO) - a key enabler for achieving the vision outlined in FAO’s first-ever Science and Innovation Strategy. ATIO’s overall objective is to curate existing information on the current, measurable state of agrifood system science, technology and innovation (STI) and upcoming changes, as well as their transformative potential, to inform evidence-based policy dialogue and decisions, including on investments. ATIO will supplement valuable data curation with horizon-scanning about pre-emergent and emergent agrifood system STI, with foresight about the impact pathways that various STIs under development might follow, and with syntheses of the available evidence on STI impacts. ATIO will track agrifood system STI progress at national level, and pay special attention to low- and middle-income countries where data challenges are particularly acute. The cross-border impacts of STI necessitate looking at all countries globally, not solely at national-level conditions, so ATIO will emphasize relevant STI wherever in the world it occurs.


The session will be interpreted in all UN languages, online through Airmeet platform, UN web TV and webcast.


16:00 – 16:05

Brief welcome by the Moderator 

Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature

16:05- 16:15


Qu Dongyu
Director-General, FAO


Setting the scene 

Masa Iwanaga

Special Advisor and Former President, Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) 


Keynote speech:
Introducing the Agrifood Systems Technologies and Innovations Outlook (ATIO) 

Chris Barrett 
SB&JG Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, International Professor of Agriculture, and Professor of Economics, Global Development and Public Policy
Cornell University, USA 

16:40 – 17:20









Moderated panel discussion

Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature

Joan Kagwanja
Chief, Agriculture and Business Enabling Environment & Coordinator, African Land Policy Centre, UNECA 

Michael Keller
Chair, International Agri-Food Network 

Maurício Lopes
Senior Scientist, Embrapa, Brazil

Medha Devare
Chief Data Officer, Excellence in Agronomy, CGIAR

Mario Herrero
Professor and Cornell Atkinson Scholar, Cornell University, USA 

17:20 – 17:35

Moderated Q&A Session

Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature


Closing remarks

Ismahane Elouafi
Chief Scientist, FAO