Future of food – Workshop in Aruba
Workshop given by OCTA Innovation expert Jacques Grysole in Aruba: Future of Food on March 6, 2018. This workshop on creativity in agriculture was organised by Varelie Croes, new Aruba Innovation director.
Main questions were:
How can we design a better food ecosystem of tomorrow that is:
- Creative and triggers curiosity
- Aligned with Aruba’s DNA (see “Cu Mira Pa Futuro” tourism report)
- Supports the main ambitions in the Innovation Framework – Isla Innovativo report
- Applies the latest break-through technology
- Personalized (based on lifestyle, genome and microbiome etc.)
- A new concept: From the ‘human body’ to table (‘on-demand’)
- Taking into account the various trends/themes below
- Does not require big investment to get off the ground
- Attracts international partners to create centres of knowledge / R&D and/or a test-bed economy.
Other sub-questions that could be addressed during the workshop:
- Is there a present and/or future niche in the Future of Food space that Aruba can own?
- What is the role of creativity in the food space?
- How do we motivate and empower the citizens to get involved? Would the creation of a digital platform be the first building block? Something similar to this: https://foodtechconnect.com/about/
- What export markets should we be looking at in the next 2 to 5 years?
- What would a collaborate platform look like? Where do we start?
- If a Food Blockchain + AI is considered, who should lead this initiative?
- What data can we gather or should we be gathering through the food supply chain?