On June 1 and 2, 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, D.C., 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.
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.