Agriculture innovation investment summit held

African Bamboo representatives Khalid Duri and Mika Turpeinen discuss their innovation with (l to r) Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID; Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States; and Gayle Smith, Administrator of USAID.

African Bamboo representatives Khalid Duri and Mika Turpeinen discuss their innovation with (l to r) Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID; Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States; and Gayle Smith, Administrator of USAID.

In early June, Powering Agriculture, along with Securing Water for Food and Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, hosted the first-ever Agriculture Innovation Investment Summit (AIIS).

The summit, held in Washington, DC, brought together nearly 60 Innovators – including 14 representing Powering Agriculture, along with representatives from the investment community and development organizations.

The two-day program included an Innovator Marketplace, a pitch competition, and TED-style talks from Innovators, along with remarks from One Acre Fund’s Tony Kalm and the White House Office of Science and Technology’s Tom Kalil.

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