The Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF) is one of the most relevant agribusiness meetings in the world.
The event connects the greatest exponents of world agriculture, to address solutions to the major challenges faced by humanity, aiming to raise awareness and promote a sustainable social, economic and environmental development.
The GAF first edition took place in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the year of 2012. The event takes place every two years and is promoted by large entities of the agribusiness sector, such as: SRB (Brazilian Rural Society), representative of the agricultural business in Brazil, protecting the producers of all crops and cattle breeders, jointly with ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers) and International Maize Alliance (MAIZALL), which main purpose is to collaborate on a global basis and address the main issues related to food security, biotechnology, management, commerce and the producer’s image; the ABCZ (Brazilian Association of Zebu Breeders), which mission is to promote the sustainable growth of the world production of meat and milk, by means of genealogic records, genetic improvement and promotion of Zebu races; ABRAFRUTAS (Brazilian Association of Exporting Producers of Fruits and By-Products), representing the Brazilian fruit farming industry in the international market; the National Sugar and Ethanol Forum, an entity that gathers all unions and associations of the Sugar and Ethanol Sectors in Brazil; UNEM (National Union of Corn Ethanol) with the objective of promoting the industrial development of corn-based ethanol in the country, ABPA (Brazilian Association for Animal Protein), largest representative entity of the animal protein sector in Brazil and DATAGRO, one of the world’s largest agricultural consulting companies.
In addition, GAF is supported by hundreds of organizations, from the Public and Private Sectors, International Organizations, Chambers & Commercial Clusters, Embassies and Academic Institutions.
Moreover, the event aims to promote world agribusiness, stimulate widespread entrepreneurship and develop commercial relations.
The Global Agribusiness Forum will debate the agribusiness future, between industry leaders from the public and privet sectors.
The Agribusiness Consensus brings together, in a word, the main discussions presented in GAF18.
Prepared by the Curator, the text will be sent to all heads of state and CEOs of global companies involved in the production of food and agricultural commodities.READ MORE
GAF18 gathers more information from experts on the global agribusiness.
Technical and scientific studies are available for download.READ MORE
GAF 18 shows debates and lectures on the global agribusiness in order to ensure a secure future for the agricultural chain in the world.
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Throughout 2018, parallel symposia GAF18 will encourage further debate about the future of global agribusiness.
The goal is to raise the main issues discussion to be discussed during the Forum. Know more.READ MORE
Roberto Azevêdo - General Director, World Trade Organization (WTO), Switzerland“I insisted in attending this event by the representativeness of main leaders we have not only in the agribusiness, but in the overall economy. This industry is a propelling spring not only for Brazil, but to several other countries. This idea that agriculture is an activity of underdeveloped country is very wrong”
Abílio Diniz - Chairman of the Board of Directors of BRF“Management, training and motivation e essential for success and maintaining competitiveness. We know that investment in qualification of people and new technologies are at least part of the answer for the backlogs to the development of the agribusiness in the world, which include improvement in traceability, good production practices, food safety and utilization of residues.”
Lawrence H. Summers - Former Secretary of the Treasury of the USA, former rector of Harvard University“Historically, the increases of productivity and improved life conditions of human beings were very slow, and started to speed up after the industrial revolution. The development of science and technology is motivated by market forces and leads to increased life standards of the population. The way that the natural resources are used to improve the standard of life is essential, and a dilemma for the agribusiness.”
Antonio Delfim Netto - Former Minister of Agriculture and Former Minister of Finances - Brazil“We need to have a clear idea that the private sector does not work without an efficient and strong State, and the State is not capable of making anything without market support. Foreign trade is the lever to build economic development.”
Cesário Ramalho - Chairman of the Board of the Global Agribusiness Forum“The Global Agribusiness Forum is an interesting and unique proposal. It is the opportunity to talk in all competences of the agribusiness. Agribusiness is the largest segment of the national economy. It is what worked, the economic sector which represents more than 25% national GDP, and more than 35% of the Brazilian jobs. From GAF16 we expect to boost the agricultural industry to develop increasingly more through good debates. ”
Plinio Nastari - President of DATAGRO“Three billion people will be incorporated to the medium class in the world by 2030. Thus, increases are planned not only in quantity but also in quality, market that Brazil could lead with its supplies.”
Gustavo Junqueira - Chairman of the Sociedade Rural Brasileira (Brazilian Rural Society)“Brazil is a country that has its agribusiness as a mainstay of the Brazilian economy. The Global Agribusiness Forum is one of the useful platforms for the mission to reposition the agribusiness industry's image as a production "within the rules of the 21st century”. The event is an instrument for the spread of technologies and for the implementation of new public policies. What is debated in GAF concerns not only the rural society, but the global society. "
Sérgio Bortolozzo - President of ABRAMILHO and Maizall“We cannot think about Brazil alone in agribusiness. The country is inserted in a global context, with a relevant importance in this segment. GAF16 is a step forward in the discussions, mainly, of the solutions for what we plan for the future of global agribusiness.”
Luiz Cláudio Paranhos - President, ABCZ, Uberaba, Brazil“The event for the livestock industry is an excellent opportunity to show the international society how livestock production evolved in our country. How much we can develop a more modern, more competitive and increasingly sustainable livestock industry. There is nothing better that event of this proportion where we can discuss all the links of the productive chain, from production inside the gate, as well as the producer-industry and industry-foreign market relationship.”
Kátia Abreu - Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA)“In the last 36 years, production of grains and fibers increased 296%, from 46.9 million to 187 million tons, while productivity expanded 178% in the same period, from 1,258 kg/hectare to 3,507 kg/hectare. The planted area increased only 42%, from 37.3 million to 53.3 million. Brazil produces only 27.7% of the national territory, preserving 61% of the country with forests and other type of native vegetation. We are very proud of these figures and of what we built in recent years. We were food importers and now we are and agricultural power.”
Wesley Batista - CEO of JBS Group“The increased demand for protein in emerging markets creates new opportunities. Currently the United States have 495 million heads of cattle and produce 11.5 million tons of meat. The Brazil has twice as many heads and produces only 9.5 million tons of meat. With this, there is a need for more investment in genetics, nutrition and technology to raise productivity rates to support the increasing demand for food.”
João de Almeida Sampaio Filho - Chairman of the Superior Agribusiness Committee (Cosag) of FIESP“I believe that international trade can be decisive in solving food demand issues, by encouraging the production and distribution. This demand will be met with increased productivity and production. There should be an exchange of activities, with replacement of pasture lands for agricultural areas, especially in Brazil and MERCOSUR countries. I also believe in the growth of productivity of agricultural areas in all producing regions.”
Vladimir Donega - CEO of Luft Agro“Once again, the Global Agribusiness comes in its third year to add much to the Brazilian agricultural community, with important, open discussions, discussing in depth each important item. Congratulations once again for this event. ”
Luiz Sá - Director of Dinheiro Rural“For Dinheiro Rural the presence at GAF is essential as it is the main event of agribusiness leaderships in Brazil. And not only in Brazil, but internationally, it is the event that can gather the main industry leaders and hold a high level discussion on the industry’s relevance. It is the event that brings solutions, points out ways to answer questions that are key to Brazilian producers, and that forwards these demands to the authorities, already with solutions. That is why I think the GAF occupies a unique role in the International Agribusiness agenda. ”
Evaristo Miranda - Researcher of Embrapa“There is no ideal technology to adapt agriculture to climate. What exists is a wide range of technologies that we need to expand in the face of these uncertainties. Farmers behave as investors, then one that can take risk and maximize profit and gain will work on the spot, with that same culture, adapting. Another farmer, more conservative and that cannot take much risk, will adopt another strategy.”