Agro Business Barometer Conference – Taking the Pulse of Business for Agricultural Transformation

Thursday, June 14, 2018

In 2016, annual spending on climate finance was US $383 billion worldwide, with the private sector contributing more than 63 percent of the total. The private sector is doing more than ever, but much of this investment is directed to growing markets for wind and solar energy. In the agriculture sectors, more needs to be done to lure investors into supporting climate-resilient farming systems.

On 14 June, IFAD will host the Agro Business Barometer Conference – Taking the Pulse of Business for Agricultural Transformation. The half day event with business and development leaders is organized by IFAD, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

The Conference aims to take stock of the role of business in climate action in agriculture, and set an agenda for business in agricultural transformation. The Barometer Format will include thought-provoking keynote speeches, facilitated discussions, flash talks, and audience polls to capture opinion, which will be displayed on a virtual barometer.

Participating business leaders and development professionals include:

  • Margarita Astralaga, Director, ECG
  • Sunny Verghese, Co-founder Olam & Chairperson WBCSD
  • Bas Rüter, Director of Sustainability, Rabobank
  • Peter Läderach,  Leader Climate Change Program, CIAT
  • Chris Brown, Vice President Olam International
  • Nick Weatherill , Executive Director, International Cocoa Initiative
  • Roberto Ridolfi, Special Advisor on Strategy and Financing Development, FAO
  • Bruce Campbell, Director, CCAFS

Webcasting will be provided  for those who wish to tune in virtually!