Breaking Down The Barriers: Overcoming Obstacles to Innovation Adoption Across The Food System

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) will host a convening event to analyze barriers to adoption of a wide range of innovations and technological advances aimed at improving agricultural sustainability. The event will focus on the areas where FFAR can research pathways to increase adoption of innovations across the U.S. food and agricultural production chain.

At this convening event, we will explore areas of potential research on barriers to adoption that could fall into the pre-competitive realm with the aim of building a partnership (consortium) with both potential funders and thought leaders. Through targeted conversations we plan to address issues that act as impediments to the adoption of innovations, with potential overall topics including:

  • How trends in farming and food production practices and structures, consumer tastes and agro-food industries impact innovation
  • Public, private and nonprofit sectors’ role in stimulating adoption of innovations in food and agricultural production chain
  • Examples of successfully adopted innovations (both low cost and large capital intensive)–lessons learned
  • Identifying common barriers to adoption of innovations across the food and agricultural production chain, and research gaps in this area
  • Others


Date: November 30 – December 1, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

FFAR is pleased to recognize the following Event Sponsor: