Food security and quality, energy generation, weather change, international trade, global food demand growth and production capacity are some of the topics to be addressed in the world’s largest agribusiness discussion arena, the Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF18), which is now in the 4th edition, in São Paulo. The event will take place on July 23 and 24 in Sheraton WTC Hotel.
With the topic “Field science at the service of the planet: Action is now,” GAF18 will host debates and lectures about the global agribusiness, trying to devise solutions for the challenges faced by the global social and economic development and proposing a safe future for the planet’s agricultural chain, in addition to preserving the environment.
MAIZALL CEO Pam Johnson will be one of the speakers of the event. Johnson is a major international advocate of agricultural matters and rural economic development. She served as president of the National Corn Growers Association and has worked in agricultural policy issues, including the passing of the American agricultural act in 2014.
Another expected big name is the Indian Rajan Gajaria. The executive is vice-president of Corteva Agriscience Crop Protection Business Platform, DowDuPont Agriculture Division; his role is to shape the business strategy, set capital investment priorities and oversee the supply chain.
The meeting will gather major global agribusiness leaders, scientists and researchers from the public and private sector to discuss the most relevant topics of the global agriculture and agribusiness. Names such Roberto Jaguaribe, president of the Brazilian Agency of Exports and Investment Promotion, Alan Jorge Bojanic, representative of the Food and Agriculture United Nations Organization (FAO) in Brazil, Maurício Antônio Lopes, president of Embrapa, Paulo Herrmann, John Deere CEO, Fernando Galletti de Queiroz, Minerva CEO, Márcio Félix, vice-minister of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Jason Clay, senior vice-president, markets and food World of the Wildlife Fund (WWF), to name a few.
The forum will also debate the future of agribusiness by addressing topics such as eradication of world hunger, use of water and soil for planting, protein consumption driving the agricultural expansion and bioeconomy. With respect to the novelties of the agricultural industry, the following discussions will he held: global cases of successful farmers, agriculture connection, cooperation and globalization, government policies, multilateral and bilateral negotiations, the revolution of machines, settlement of conflicts by international organizations, use of big data, the 4th industrial revolution, remote sensing, the Paris agreement, long-term outlook and the role of media for agribusiness.
GAF is held by SRB (Brazilian Rural Society), which represent Brazil’s agricultural industry and advocates for farmers who plant all types of crops as well as cattle farmers, together with ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Farmers), Brazil’s official representative in the International Maize Alliance (MAIZALL), ABCZ (Brazilian Association of Zebu Breeders), with the mission of promoting the sustainable growth of the global production of meat and milk, ABRAFRUTAS (Brazilian Association of Fruit and Derivatives Exporters), which represents the Brazilian fruit cultivation sector in the international market, National Sugar and Ethanol Council, association that gathers all unions and associations of the Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Industry, MAIZALL, which main purpose is to cooperate on a global basis and address the main issues regarding food security, biotechnology, management, trade and farmer’s image, and DATAGRO, one of the world’s leading agricultural consulting firms.