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Webinar: Global Food Security

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

On June 04, Motivo hosted a great Food/Ag forum focused on one of the most pressing industry challenges: global food security. 70+ industry leaders/brands participated in the session including Smithfield Foods, Kubota, CNH Industrial, Sun World, Autodesk, JV Smith, Cummins, and SVG Ventures-THRIVE to name a few.

Motivo CEO, Praveen Penmetsa, presented a mini keynote outlining the global food security challenges and perspectives on COVID-19 market realities (e.g. changing consumer expectations, farm to table automation opportunities). Moderated by Tyler Nuss (Modern Acre Podcast/Rivian), the Webinar proceeded into a Panel Q&A with contributions from Michael Gomes (VP, Precision Agriculture - Topcon), Carlo Mondavi (Co-Founder - Monarch Tractor/Raen Winery), Jeff Morrison (Director of Innovation - Grimmway Farms), and Robert Muehfellner (VP, Product & Innovation - B&R Automation).

Key themes of the Panel Q&A included:

  • Based on COVID-19, what changes to the global food system will be permanent versus not?

  • What sectors of the Food/Ag industry are most ripe for innovation?

  • What should be done to increase the resiliency of the global food system?

  • How does the Food/Ag industry justify the required cost of automation?

  • How will the Food/Ag investment landscape change?

Motivo will be hosting more of these forums in the coming months. If you're in the Food/Ag industry and would like to participate in future events/our community, please send an email to

Motivo Engineering is an innovation engineering firm headquartered in California, USA. Motivo has helped clients develop and globally deploy technologies ranging from driverless cars to automated planting robots. Motivo’s unique innovation framework has reduced the risks in transformative product development for clients ranging from early stage start-ups to global conglomerates in the mobility, ag-tech and aerospace market segments.



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