The free activity will take place next Tuesday, June 23 and aims to address the role of R & D & i and its contribution to food security in times of crisis.

Santiago, June 2020.- The Ministry of Agriculture together with the Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), will hold the online seminar "Challenges of the post-COVID-19 agri-food sector" next Tuesday, June 23, in order to rethink R & D & I and its contribution to food security in times of crisis, such as the current pandemic facing the country.

The event will include a presentation by the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, the National Director of INIA, Pedro Bustos, the General Manager of Chile Alimentos, Guillermo González, the Founding Partner of the GTT «Mujeres en Acción», Director of the Trade Union Association of Milk Producers from the Los Ríos Region (APROVAL), and of the Consorcio Lechero Corporation, Paulina Carrasco, together with Marta Alfaro, National Deputy Director of R + D + i of INIA, who will moderate the activity.

Asked about the initiative, Pedro Bustos stated that “this seminar is intended to be a space for conversation and reflection between various actors in the sector, to evaluate the role of R & D & I as an important tool when it comes to ensuring the chain food in critical times. It is an instance to think about what could happen once we overcome this health crisis, and the opportunities that future reality will have for the agri-food sector ”, he said.

The online seminar "Challenges of the post-COVID-19 agri-food sector" will be held next Tuesday, June 23, at 12:00 pm. Those interested can register at the following link: https://www.inia.cl/webinar/

About INIA

The Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) is the main institution for agri-food research, development and innovation in Chile. Linked to the Ministry of Agriculture, it has a national presence and a work team of more than 1,000 highly qualified people. It executes an average of 400 projects per year around 5 strategic areas: Climate Change, Sustainability, Food of the Future, Emerging Technologies, and Extension and Training of Capacities. These initiatives contribute to the sustainable agri-food development of the country, creating value and proposing innovative solutions to farmers, strategic partners and the population, generating a social profitability that varies between 15% and 25%, for each peso invested in each of their projects.

INIA, more than 55 years leading the sustainable agri-food development of Chile.

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