AgriLAC convenes global and regional experts in sustainability and agribusiness in LAC region

IDB Invest, a member of the IDB Group, is hosting 'AgriLAC: Sustainable Agribusiness Supply Chains in Latin America and the Caribbean', a virtual event taking place on September 8th and 9th, attracting the most recognized leaders in sustainability and agribusiness, including global food and agribusiness companies, regional operators, ag-tech companies, government officials, local producers and civil society.

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The event is a forum to share best practices on how to integrate sustainable solutions among large companies and small producers, and how to help access global value chains in a sustainable manner.

“The sustainable growth of the agribusiness sector is key to the green and inclusive recovery of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said James P. Scriven, CEO of IDB Invest, in his opening remarks. “We invited the most prominent experts in the industry to participate in our AgriLAC virtual forum, two days of knowledge, discussions and analysis, to identify sustainable solutions for large companies and small producers, the latter representing around 80 percent of the sector.”

Participants will have an opportunity to gain insight into the latest trends affecting the food and agribusiness ecosystem, including opportunities for regional integration, hot topics like traceability, circular economy and decarbonization, digital solutions for smallholders, climate change, and changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Latin America and the Caribbean is the biggest food exporter in the world and has a central place in the globally supply of food. Agriculture and supply chains employ 24% of the region’s workforce. Yet, the industry consumes nearly three-quarters of the region’s freshwater resources and generates almost one-half its greenhouse gas emissions.

Keynote speeches will be given by Pepsico’s CEO for Latin America, Paula Santilli, and Rabobank’s Regional Head of South America and CEO Brazil, Mark Wiessing.

Featured panellists include experts from consumer industries such as Grupo Britt, Pepsico and Marfrig Global Foods; leading food producers such as Naturasol and Aldea Global; technology companies such as Produce Pay, Extensio and AgroSmart; and international NGOs such as WWF, WRI, BSR and The Nature Conservancy.

This article was originally published by IDB Invest.