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How business can engage smallholder farmers ... Building resilient supply chains, improving environmental sustainability and boosting economic growth for smallholders ... 19th - 20th October 2016, Pew Conference Center, Washington, DC

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess

How business can engage smallholder farmers Building resilient supply chains, improving environmental sustainability and boosting economic growth for smallholders 19th - 20th October 2016, Pew Conference Center, Washington, DC Two days of leading analysis, debate, discussion and networking Following Innovation Forum’s sustainability for smallholders forums in London and Jakarta in 2016, this multi-stakeholder conference will address the major risks for smallholder farmers across agricultural sectors, and focus on how to create scalable solutions to tackle future supply chain vulnerabilities. The agenda is structured to provide high-level insight and practical, actionable guidance for the development of programmes that will boost the resilience of smallholders. We will focus on how US-based companies can engage, and are engaging with, smallholder farmers in key agricultural areas to drive sustainability, improve yields and become more sustainable. We will have focused debates and practical working sessions on: The state of smallholder farming and the actions needed to create scalable solutions to future supply chain vulnerabilities. Make your business case: What your board presentation on why engage smallholders should look like. How major food brands, traders and processors are responding to the smallholder sustainability agenda How they create a business case and measure change that lasts Current performance of brands vs. ambitious targets: How are companies performing towards 2020 objectives now? Who pays? How far can big company financing of smallholders legitimately go? Speakers include Jill Wheeler Jill Wheeler head, sustainable productivity, North America Syngenta Paige Goff Paige Goff vice president, sustainability and business communications Domtar Arne Cartridge Arne Cartridge special adviser Yara International David Piza David Piza director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability S&D Coffee Henriette Kolb Henriette Kolb head gender secretariat International Finance Corporation Judy Gearhart Judy Gearhart executive director International Labor Rights Forum Who will be there? This conference is designed particularly for organisations operating in the following sectors: Food and beverage companies, agribusiness, soft commodity traders and retailers Civil society organisations, certifiers and charities Donors, financial service providers and insurers Government, aid agencies and inter-governmental organisations There will be 100-150 senior professionals attending How is this conference different? More time for genuine discussion – the agenda and timings have been built to provide time for in-depth debate and meaningful exchange beyond introductions and superficial outlines of initiatives. There will be a lot of experience in the room and therefore we intend for the discussions to be participatory. Held under the Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform – we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote honest exchange. Content is designed for action and practice – the agenda and event structure is designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that can be applied. We will also be sharing post event notes from all sessions to all participants. Sponsorship We are currently looking for a small number of sponsors to work with, to push forward progressive discussion on sustainable agriculture. If you would like to discuss further being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please contact Charlenne Ordonez: Charlenne Ordonez + 44 (0) 203 780 7433 +44 (0) 795 649 7294 charlenne.ordonez@innovation-forum.co.uk



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