AgriLAC

Sustainable Agribusiness Supply Chains in Latin America and the Caribbean

SEPTEMBER 8th and 9th, 2021

The event

AgriLAC brings together leading global and regional leaders to discuss the most pressing issues affecting the food and agribusiness industry, and the opportunities ahead.

The conference provides a 360 overview of current business and environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges and opportunities facing the industry from the perspective of a variety of players, including global food and agribusiness companies, regional operators, government officials, local producers, and civil society.

Participants will have an opportunity to gain insight into the latest trends affecting the food and agribusiness ecosystem, explore ongoing opportunities for regional integration, learn about hot topics like traceability, circular economy and decarbonization, explore how to bring digital solutions to smallholders, cope with the impacts of climate change, and reflect on the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will help to share best practices on how to integrate sustainable solutions among small producers and farmers, representing about 80% of the food production in the region, and how to help them access global value chains in a sustainable manner that brings tangible benefits to them and society.

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Speakers

James P. Scriven

CEO, IDB Invest

Gema Sacristán

Chief Investment Officer, IDB Invest

Alexandre da Rosa

Chief Strategy Officer, IDB Invest

Mark Wiessing

Regional Head South America and CEO Brazil, Rabobank

Paula Santilli

CEO Latin America, Pepsico

Andrea Meza Murillo

The Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

Andrea Londono

CEO and Founder, Alo Partners

Jairo Trad

CEO & Co-Founder, Kilimo

Mariana Vasconcelos

Founder, Agrosmart

Diana Popa

CEO and Founder, Extensio

Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck

Founder, Produce Pay

Fabio Sakamoto

Co-Founder and COO, RIzoma Agro

Jayson Berryhill

Co-Founder, WholeChain

Alzbeta Klein

CEO / Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

Carlos Enrique Cavelier

CEO, Alqueria

Jeffrey Hall

CEO, Jamaica Producers Group

Jens Hoenerhoff

Vice President Sustainability, DEG

Kevin Rabinovitch

Global VP Sustainability, MARS

Marcene Mitchell

Senior Vice President of Climate Change, WWF World Wildlife Fund

Diedericks Gadea

CFO, Aldea Global

Chris Kerston

Chief Commercial Officer of Land to Market, Savory Institute

Oliver Hanke

Chief Sustainability Officer, 12Tree

Angela Penagos

Director of the Initiative on Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, Universidad de Los Andes - Colombia

Carlos Duque

Director of the Sustainability Program, National Federation of Poultry Farmers of Colombia

Daniela Mariuzzo

Executive Director & Latam Landscapes Program Director, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Graciela Lena

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Desde el Sur

Juliana de Lavor Lopes

Sustainability Director, Amaggi

Joe Sellwood

Director, Rever

Lucio Vicente

Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, Carrefour, Brazil

Luiz Fernando do Amaral

Director, Global Solutions for Commodities & Finance, World Resources Institute

Ulises Vigil

General Director, Naturasol

Aron Aranzolo

Zootechnical Agronomist Engineer, Grupo Kuo

Pablo E. Vargas

Executive Chairman, Grupo Britt

Aitor Ezcurra

Division Chief, Corporates, IDB Invest

Gabriel Azevedo

Division Chief of the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, IDB Invest

Agnes Johan

Head Blended Finance, Rabo

Brenda de Swart

Head of Sustainable Business Development, Rabobank

Guillermo Foscarini

Head of Agribusiness, IDB Invest

Leisa Souza

Head of Latin America, Climate Bond Initiative

Matthieu Pegon

Head of Blended Finance, IDB Invest

Pablo Montoya

Head of the Sustainability Department, Grupo Exito

Angeles Undurraga

Senior Sustainability Officer, Rabobank

Anna Lucia Horta

Senior Finance Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Denis Chavarria

Manager of Occupational Health, Nicaragua Sugar

Leonel Almeida

Sustainability Manager, Marfrig Global Foods

Panos Luokos

Senior Insights Manager, GSMA

Stenio Zanin

Senior Manager Global Sustainability, Pepsico

Eduardo Bejarano

Project Director, Partners of the Americas

Francisco Jardim

General Partner, SP Ventures

Allison Loconto

Research, INRAE

Angela Miller

Principal Environmental and Social Specialist, IDB Invest

Paula Valencia

Environmental and Social Specialist, IDB Invest

Luisa Santiago

Latin America Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Pablo Mejia

Lead Consultant in Management and Corporate Responsibility, Arco Consultores

Agenda

  • September 8th
  • September 9th

9:00 a.m. (EST)

Welcome remarks

James P. Scriven, CEO, IDB Invest

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (EST)

Keynote Speech
Importance of the Supply Chain for the Food Sector

From strategic planning, acquisition of inputs, production, processing, and distribution to the end consumer, agribusiness is a driving force of economies, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. Sustainability plays a key role in building resiliency, propelling productivity and adapting to changing climate. The intrinsic complexity of the sector’s global value chains requires systemic thinking and strategic insight to address current and future challenges, while remaining competitive and accelerating the business transformation to sustainable and inclusive development.

Mark Wiessing, Regional Head South America and CEO Brazil, Rabobank

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (EST)

Session 1
Hot ESG topics in the Agri Supply Chain

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are a top priority as the world faces renewed political, economic, environmental, and social challenges. Responsible sourcing, transparency, and accountability of anchor companies to sustainability practices inherent to their supply chains are paramount to ensure sustainability and inclusion along the entire agribusiness value chain. The session discusses how ESG trends are driving transformational change in the agribusiness supply chain.

MODERATOR:

Angela Miller, Principal Environmental and Social Specialist, IDB Invest

SPEAKERS:

Gabriel Azevedo, Division Chief of the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, IDB Invest

Brenda de Swart, Head of Sustainable Business Development, Rabobank

Jens Hoenerhoff, Vice President Sustainability, DEG 

Aron Aranzolo, Zootechnical Agronomist Engineer, Grupo Kuo

Jeffrey Hall, CEO, Jamaica Producers Group

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Session 2
The Sustainable Future of Food

The food industry is rapidly evolving. To achieve a sustainable future, regulators, corporates, and consumers alike must change how we produce, handle, and consume food. To embed sustainability practices throughout global food supply chains, agribusiness and regulators are adopting new strategies and pursuing new regulations such as traceability, carbon neutrality, circular economy, and innovative productive systems, among others. Making sense of this constantly changing ecosystem can be daunting. The session focuses on how to understand these evolving trends and how to translate them into common practice.

MODERATOR:

Luiz Fernando do Amaral, Director, Global Solutions for Commodities & Finance, World Resources Institute

SPEAKERS:

Juliana de Lavor Lopes, Sustainability Director, Amaggi

Anna Lucia Horta, Senior Finance Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Lucio Vicente, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, Carrefour, Brazil

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (EST)

Session 3
Net-Zero Agribusiness

Almost 50 percent of GHG – greenhouse gas – emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean come from agriculture, forestry, or land use changes. A rapid and far-reaching transition is required to limit the impact of climate change to a rise in global temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius, on average. Doing so requires reaching net-zero carbon dioxide emissions globally around 2050, and significantly reducing the emissions of other gases—including methane and nitrous oxide. Limiting the impact of climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius means major changes for agriculture — from how we farm, to how we eat and waste food, to how we manage our forests and natural carbon sinks. Reducing emissions in the agriculture sector is challenging, given the differences in production systems across crops and regions; the lack of wide-spread technologies to reduce emissions; and the fact that the agriculture sector also needs to tackle other objectives including biodiversity, nutrition, food security, and livelihoods of farmers and farming communities. In this context, food firms and retailers are acting by committing to reduce their supply chain emissions to be carbon neutral. Some companies signed a United Nations-sponsored pledge to set more ambitious emissions targets or joined the Science Based Targets initiative. How will these targets be met?

MODERATOR:

Marcene Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Climate Change, WWF World Wildlife Fund

PANELISTS:

Carlos Enrique Cavelier, CEO, Alqueria

Alzbeta Klein, CEO and Director General, International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

Kevin Rabinovitch, Global VP Sustainability, MARS

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Session 4
The Future of Farming: Regenerative Agriculture

Unless new practices are adopted, due to land degradation the amount of arable land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of that in available per person in 1960. More than 68 percent of the soil in South America is eroded. Fighting erosion and increasing carbon sequestration in soil is one of the most significant ways to reverse climate change and guarantee food security. Regenerative agribusinesses can catalyze ecological restoration, carbon sequestration, and food security whilst driving job creation and supporting livelihoods. Leaders in the market are committing to regenerative agriculture. How can we make this change possible?

MODERATOR:

Chris Kerston, Chief Commercial Officer of Land to Market, Savory Institute

PANELISTS:

Stenio Zanin, Senior Manager Global Sustainability, Pepsico

Oliver Hanke, Chief Sustainability Officer, 12Tree

Fabio Sakamoto, Co-founder and COO, RIzoma Agro

1:00 p.m. (EST)

Closing remarks

Guillermo Foscarini, Head of Agribusiness, IDB Invest

9:00 a.m. (EST)

Welcome remarks

Gema Sacristán, Chief Investment Officer, IDB Invest

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (EST)

Keynote Speech
Embedding Sustainability into Corporate Strategy

The agriculture sector and its complex value chain face real and significant ESG threats. Acting now is crucial for the development of a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system. Corporate champions understand the need to tackle ESG threats head-on through sustainable supply chain corporate strategies that promote innovative farming practices, drive traceability, empower communities, close the income gap for farmers and suppliers, and direct meaningful impact, while future-proofing business practices and proactively addressing regulatory and social issues.

MODERATOR:

Aitor Ezcurra, Division Chief, Corporates, IDB Invest

PANELIST:

Paula Santilli, CEO Latin America, Pepsico

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (EST)

Session 1
Role of Ag-Tech Enhancing Productivity and Sustainability in Supply Chains

The agribusiness sector is critical to food security and economic development. Digital tools and data sources bring financial and information services to last-mile, that is, to rural actors in agriculture. Thus, ag-tech strategies play a key role in promoting good practice adoption and innovation. New start-ups, technologies, and data insights are producing real transformation at all levels from micro (e.g. field) to macro (supply chain). In this panel, we discuss how ag-tech is revolutionizing the agribusiness sector and its supply chain.

MODERATOR:

Francisco Jardim, General Partner, SP Ventures

PANELISTS:

Angeles Undurraga, Senior Sustainability Officer, Rabobank

Jairo Trad, CEO & Co-Founder, Kilimo

Mariana Vasconcelos, Founder, Agrosmart

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Session 2
Social Aspects in Agri Supply Chains

Social issues affect human safety, welfare and community development. Public policies, communication, and supplier development strategies are required, to secure a sustainable supply chain and to control child and forced labor; ensure appropriate labor conditions for the work force; provide for inclusion, gender and diversity consideration, and respect for indigenous peoples. Where are the current gaps and opportunities in the agribusiness supply chain to manage these issues?

MODERATOR:

Paula Valencia, Environmental and Social Specialist, IDB Invest

PANELISTS:

Eduardo Bejarano, Project Director, Partners of the Americas

Denis Chavarria, Manager of Occupational Health, Nicaragua Sugar

Graciela Lena, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Desde el Sur

Ulises Vigil, General Director, Naturasol

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (EST)

Session 3 / Track 1
Digitalization for Smallholder Farmers

Not all players are remembered in discussions about big changes. We know that digital transformation has definitively arrived, its rapid dissemination by producers depends on the approach of supplier companies in smaller properties, as well as the ability to translate information for better acceptance of the presentation of proposals and financial conditions. It is not the product or service in question; but the ability to quickly measure benefits and advantages the buyer adds to the production process. Let us hear from companies that have promoted improved performance through digital transformation.

MODERATOR:

Panos Luokos, Senior Insights Manager, GSMA

PANELISTS:

Diedericks Gadea, CFO, Aldea Global

Andrea Londono, CEO and Founder, Alo Partners

Diana Popa, CEO and Founder, Extensio

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (EST)

Session 3 / Track 2
From Farm to Fork - Driving Impact in Supply Chains Through Traceability

It has long been thought that value added through differentiation or specialization resulting in increased economic value does not apply to commodities. Adhering to minimum quality standards, cotton or soy from Brazil is no different from that originating in Argentina, Paraguay or the U.S. Certifications differentiate some commodities, but face limitations. How can a consumer or clothing manufacturer tell what kind of cotton is in their garment? If the data is not passed from producer to manufacturer to marketer, the differentiation is lost in the mix of raw materials. There is no story to tell consumers…until now. End-to-end traceability enabled by technology (block chain, mobile, etc.) allows for continuity of information and impact across the value chain, from the first mile, through production, through each transformation to the final, end-user. Connecting segregated operations allows for first-time consumers to know what they are getting from producers in their products and the potential of value-added commodities.

MODERATOR:

Joe Sellwood, Director, Rever

PANELISTS:

Jayson Berryhill, Co-Founder, WholeChain

Daniela Mariuzzo, Executive Director & Latam Landscapes Program Director, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Leonel Almeida, Sustainability Manager, Marfrig Global Foods

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Session 4 / Track 1
Financial Innovation to Drive Inclusion and Sustainability in Supply Chains

Agricultural actors in developing countries have historically contended with limited access to capital and other financial services. Leveraging growing availability of connectivity, mobile money services, smartphones and satellites, increases services offered to smallholder farmers, spurring financial inclusion and sustainability in supply chains.

MODERATOR:

Guillermo Foscarini, Head of Agribusiness, IDB Invest

PANELISTS:

Pablo Borquez, Founder, Produce Pay

Leisa Souza, Head of Latin America, Climate Bond Initiative

Agnes Johan, Head of Blended Finance, Rabo Partnerships B.V.

Matthieu Pegon, Head of Blended Finance, IDB Invest

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Session 4 / Track 2
Rethinking Ag: The Role of Circularity

Continuing population growth and increasing consumption are powering global food demand, with agricultural activity expanding to keep pace. The modern agricultural system is wasteful, with millions of tons of agri-food (agricultural and food) squandered each year. As such, circular economy plays a key role across the agri-food sector to keep resources circulating at their maximum value. What are relevant, practical examples that are embedding circularity today and what can we learn from them?

MODERATOR:

Pablo Mejia, Lead Consultant in Management and Corporate Responsibility, Arco Consultores

PANELISTS:

Luisa Santiago, Latin America Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Carlos Duque, Director of the Sustainability Program, National Federation of Poultry Farmers of Colombia

Pablo Montoya, Head of the Sustainability Department, Grupo Exito

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Session 4 / Track 3
Policies to Promote Sustainability of Global Agri-food Value Chains

Through regulations and incentives, governments can have a large influence on the actions taken by agri-food producers and enterprises. This includes actions geared toward reducing environmental impact and increasing productivity. This panel will discuss which public policies have increased environmental sustainability of global agri-food value chains, which ones need to be modified, and which ones still need to be implemented. The panel will also deal with the question of how to ensure that those policies do not have deleterious effects–either in terms of social inclusion or competitiveness–as well as the way to measure progress in the sustainability of global agri-food value chains.

PANELISTS:

Pablo E. Vargas, Executive Chairman, Grupo Britt     

Andrea Meza Murillo, The Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

Angela Penagos, Director of the Initiative on Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, Universidad de Los Andes – Colombia

Allison Loconto, Research, INRAE

1:00 p.m. (EST)

Track 1
Closing remarks

Alexandre da Rosa, Chief Strategy Officer, IDB Invest

WITH OFFICIAL SUPPORT OF

AgriLAC Sustainable Agribusiness Supply Chains

in Latin America and the Caribbean

SEPTEMBER 8th and 9th, 2021

Marcene Mitchell

Senior Vice President, Climate Change

Marcene Mitchell is the Senior Vice President of Climate Change at WWF. Marcene is advancing our important climate agenda in the US and globally and building greater synergies across our climate change mitigation and resilience initiatives—with a particular focus on nature-based climate solutions. Marcene’s role is crosscutting at WWF, because addressing the climate crisis cuts across all aspects of our work.

Marcene previously served as the Global Head of Climate Strategy and Business Development at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. In this role at IFC and in previous positions, Ms. Mitchell’s expertise has been on creating new markets for business to invest in low carbon technologies and infrastructure. She’s pioneered work at IFC in resource efficiency for the built environment and established new market transformation programs for developing countries in distributed solar generation, offshore wind, and waste and water management.

In addition to her work internationally, Marcene has been part of Green Bank initiatives in the United States which scale climate finance by leveraging public sector funds with private investment. She is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Montgomery County Green Bank which brings renewable energy and energy efficiency to small businesses and moderate- and low-income households in Maryland.

Marcene holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Andrea Meza Murillo

Ministra, Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia, Costa Rica

Es experta en desarrollo sostenible con más de 20 años de experiencia en la formulación de políticas públicas y ejecución de proyectos. Ha trabajado en más de 15 países de América Latina en proyectos multidisciplinarios financiados por diversas organizaciones multilaterales (BID, Banco Mundial, CAF, Unión Europea, PNUD), bilaterales (AECID, GIZ) y gobiernos nacionales.

Ulises Armando Vigil Silva

Naturasol

General Director of MielMex and Naturasol

MielMex and Naturasol are companies made up of 3 transformation plants and a corporate office in the state of Mexico with an impact on 622 direct jobs.

Ulises is an Agricultural Engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM with more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, specialized in preserves such as honey, cajeta, jam, nuts and seeds.

He manages the purchase of honey directly with the beekeepers, guaranteeing the necessary supply to cover the production demand for the national market as an export.

Under his direction, both MielMex and Naturasol have grown an average of 30% year after year.