First Tropical AgTech Conference to be held in Hilo


Conference to Introduce Innovations for Increased Tropical Agricultural Productivity and Efficiency

Top thought leaders and industry influencers in agricultural technology will gather in Hilo in June to tackle the food problem in the tropics, where the highest levels of hunger currently exist.

The inaugural Tropical AgTech Conference, hosted on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, will be an opportunity to introduce innovative technologies that are being used successfully throughout the world.

With climate change already disrupting food production in these regions, finding solutions that increase productivity, efficiently and profitably is necessary and urgent.

“This conference focuses on the tropical region, small scale farms and new high value crops,” noted conference co-organizer Jim Wyban. “Finding ag-tech solutions for smallholder farms in the tropics is challenging, as they must increase productivity and efficiency, be climate-smart, relatively farmer-friendly to use and economically viable at small scale production.”

Wyban is working with Jason Ueki, executive director of the Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition, to plan the two-day event.

“This conference differentiates itself from other AgTech conferences by including breeding technology that can assist farmers achieve more valuable production capacity,” Wyban adds.

Conference organizers say that Hawaii can play a critical role by incubating tropical ag-tech ideas and solutions, especially given its year-round climate, microclimate zones, as well as research and development already underway in the islands.

Registration is now open at to anyone interested in learning and participating in solutions for smart, sustainable tropical agriculture. 

  • WHAT: Tropical AgTech Conference 
  • WHEN: June 22-23, 2022
  • WHERE: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, 342 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
  • COST: $200 for in-person or live streaming at

For kama’aina discount, please use code: kamaaina

To stay up to date on the latest details of this year’s Tropical AgTech Conference, visit and join the Tropical AgTech social community on Facebook at TropAgTech, Instagram at @tropagtech, and Twitter at @AgtechTropical.

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