Sustainability for smallholders
How to build supply security and resilience with smallholder farmers
22nd - 23rd March 2016, London
Two days of leading analysis, debate, discussion and networking.
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.
This conference will provide you with:
- A holistic debate on the state of smallholder farming and the action needed to create scalable solutions to future supply chain vulnerabilities.
- An understanding of what future models of collaboration between stakeholders will look like and how to create them.
- Insights into the latest financial innovation and access to finance for smallholders through microfinancing, insurance and the latest approaches to different funding models.
- Supply chain strategies that promote access to market for smallholders and what procurement practices companies need to adopt to help farmers grow.
- How to proactively prepare smallholder farmers to be climate-resilient.
A range of breakout sessions will deliver practical, participatory discussions on:
- Key technological innovations in telecommunication and agronomy.
- Responding to severe human rights issues such as labour practices, migrant exploitation and modern slavery.
- Technical assistance programmes for farmers and building community support infrastructure.
vice president, global sustainability
vice president, nutrition, health & wellness & sustainability
global sustainability director
global values led sourcing
Ben & Jerry's
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
Ethical Tea Partnership
chief executive officer
This conference builds on the work of several Innovation Forum commodity-related business conferences covering sectors including palm oil, sugar and cotton that have identified smallholder farming as a critical factor for sustainability. This conference is a platform for discussion on the major risks to smallholder farmers across different crops, and how business can help to build scalable, effective resilience.
We have 50 top-level speakers, among those confirmed are:
Bruce Wise, global product specialist, IFC
Daniel Hulls, chief executive officer, AgDevCo
Tony Hill, director, SHARP
Mark Wong, director, strategic communications & corporate affairs, Sime Darby
Sarah Schaefer, global sustainability director, Mars
Iris van der Velden, manager, innovation finance, IDH
John Magnay, global head of agriculture, Opportunity International
See the full confirmed speaker list here
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 150-250 senior professionals attending.
How is this conference different?
- More time for genuine discussion – the agenda and timings has been built to provide time for deeper 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.
We are currently looking for a small number of sponsors to work with, to push forward progressive discussion on sustainable agriculture.
Please contact Boris Petrovic, details below, if you would like to discuss being a sponsor for this event.
If you would like to discuss further being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please drop an email to Boris Petrovic:
Office: +44 (0)20 3780 7430
Direct: +44 (0)20 3780 7434