WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- It's a big week for the agriculture community. Purdue's 'Scale Up' Conference kicked off on Tuesday.
Scale Up is the first of its kind in North America.
The conference is taking agricultural innovations to find solutions to food insecurity by concentrating on advancing agricultural technologies in developing countries.
The keynote speaker for the event, Akinwumi Adesina, is the World Food Prize laureate and president of the African Development Bank.
"I am absolutely convinced that we have the technologies that can feed Africa," Adesina said. "The challenge is that those technologies are sitting on the shelf. They don't belong on the shelf, they belong on farmer's fields."
Adesina graduated with his PhD from Purdue University in 1988 and said he's delighted to be back for this conference.
"We want to make sure that Africa has the right technologies, the right innovations, the right financing platforms and the right partnerships to be able to scale things up and make a big impact on millions of people," Adesina said.
The Scale Up conference runs through Thursday.
The event is a part of Purdue's Sesquicentennial Campaign and the university's theme of "Giant Leaps Toward a Sustainable Economy and Planet: Innovate Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow."