VP Trendlines Agtech Jonathan Henen presents at International Agriculture Exhibition

By Trendlines Agtech VP Jonathan Henen

I was invited to participate in and present at the Korea-Israel Smart Agritech Workshop, which was part of the 2017 International Agriculture Exhibition (IAE). The invitation came through KOISRA (“the business gateway Korea and Israel”) and the Korea-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (KORIL-RDF),

International Agriculture Exhibition, South Korea

The Israel booth at the 2017 International Agriculture Exhibition in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, 25 October to 5 November.

I presented to about 100 pre-registered participants. Addresses were given by Israeli and Korean attendees and covered topics such as innovations in agricultural technologies in Israel and in Korea and the innovation ecosystem prevalent in both countries.

In conjunction with the Agritech Workshop, the World Edible Insect and Food Organization held a symposium with the aim of establishing a global collaborative network of players in this field. Hargol FoodTech’s CTO Chanan Aviv attended the symposium. (Hargol is a Trendlines Agtech company.)

Jonathan Henen at Korea Agtech expo

Members of the Israel delegation to the 2017 Korea-Israel Smart Agritech Workshop (left to right): Deputy CEO and Head of R&D at Danziger Innovations Hanne Volpin; KORIL-RDF Israel Manager Deborah Schabes; Jonathan Henen; Hargol FoodTech CEO Chanan Aviv; Head, Biotechnology & Regional Development Dept at MIGAL Galilee Research Institute Prof. Uri Marchaim, and Ms. Soo Mee Chin, Team Manager of KORIL-RDF Korea Office. .

The Israel delegation was given an organized tour of companies and institutes. The highlight of this tour was the visit to the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KiTech), a government-funded, application-focused research institute that looks at commercializing technology. We saw a demonstration of drones they are developing for agtech uses such as spraying. The hosts organized meetings for me with local entrepreneurs and scientists working on drone technology for various applications and for seed breeding in arid, semi-desert desert conditions.

Trendlines Agtech VP Jonathan Henen looking at drones at Korea's KiTech.

One of the highlights was visiting KiTech, the research institute funded by the South Korean government and focused on commercializing technology. We saw a demonstration of drones they are developing for agtech uses such as spraying.

One immediate outcome from my participation and presentation at the IAE was a visit with representatives of KiTech who are visiting Israel and looking for collaboration opportunities with Israeli entities, including Trendlines.

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