World Food Day Americas 2021

More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems:

Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life.

How not to leave no one behind.


Better Environment


Better Nutrition


Better Production


Better Life


The future of humanity depends on our ability to create a food system that supports healthy people and a healthy planet.
Today’s food systems are outperforming the planet’s resources, while today’s diets are resulting in global health crises, both in excess and in malnutrition. These and many other issues will be addressed in the WORLD FOOD DAY AMERICAS 2021 which will have as its main theme the most efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems: Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life. Like leaving no one behind.

The UN Strategic Framework puts the 2030 Agenda at the heart and aims to increase preparedness and effectiveness to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using the main SDGs and their indicators, and with the so-called lens of SDG1 (No Poverty), SDGs 2 (No Hunger) and SDGs 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

The strategic narrative is to support the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems under the four betters – Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment, and a Better Life – and leaving no one behind

Crawford noted that FAO Programme Priority Areas (PPAs) have been placed under the four betters. In this context, for instance, Better Production includes green innovation, blue transformation, One Health, small-scale producers and digital agriculture.

Better Nutrition encompasses healthy diets for all, nutrition for the most vulnerable, safe food, reducing food loss and waste as well as transparent markets and trade.

Better Environment includes climate change mitigating and adapted agri-food systems, bioeconomy, and biodiversity and ecosystem services for food and agriculture.

Better Life includes inclusive rural transformation, rural women’s empowerment, urban food systems, emergencies, resilient agri-food systems, the Hand-in-Hand Initiative as well as scaling up investments.

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World Food Day Americas


The future of humanity depends on our ability to create a food system that supports healthy people and a healthy planet. Today’s food systems are outperforming the planet’s resources, while current diets are resulting in global health crises, both in excess and malnutrition.

The continued growth of the population and changes in eating habits will increase these crises.

Thinking about it, we want to celebrate this year World Food Day by discussing actions in the food sector to make diets healthy, sustainable and accessible to all.




Better Environment

Climate change, mitigating and adapted agri-food systems, bioeconomy, biodiversity, ecosystem services for food and agriculture.

Better Production

Green innovation, blue transformation, one Health, small-scale producers digital agriculture.

Better Nutrition

healthy diets for all, nutrition for the most vulnerable, safe food, reducing food loss and waste transparent markets and trade.

Better Life

inclusive rural transformation, rural women’s empowerment, urban food systems, emergencies, resilient agri-food systems, the Hand-in-Hand Initiative scaling up investments.

Welcome to the First International Forum on Bioinsumos and Regenerative Agriculture

Experts argue that it is necessary to expand the use of organic insums in agriculture to contribute to the sustainability of activity and food security, and of course, to meet the growing demand of markets.


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Mr. Rafael Zavala, a national of Mexico, is a zootechnician, graduated from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Mexico, holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England and a PhD in Policies for Rural Development from the University of East Anglia, England. Until 2012, he was a consultant for FAO and IICA; he spent 3 years in the Mexican Legislative Congress. Appointed in 2012 as FAO Representative in Colombia, his work focused on the implementation of strategies for the effective consolidation of peace and stabilization in rural areas. Under his management, more than 60 cooperation agreements were signed. In 2016, he received the B.R. Sen, FAO award worldwide. In December 2018 he was appointed  as FAO Representative in Brazil.

FAO Representative in Brazil

Economist with MBA in Finance, Specialist in Public Budget and Master in International Relations, Daniel Balaban is since August 2011 Director of the Center of Excellence against Hunger and representative of the United Nations World Food Program in Brazil. He is a member the Global Advisory Agenda of the World Economic Forum.

Director and Representative of the World Food Program’s Center of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil

Agricultural Economist and PhD in Finance with an academic experience that includes exchanges in the United States (Executive Program at Singularity University, Cupertino – California) and in France (Purpan Higher School of Agriculture). Since 1998, has been an Economist at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA – Argentina), where he performed both investigative and institutional functions. Among other positions, he was director of the Center for Economics, Sociology and Public Policies of INTA and general manager of INTeA S.A. He was Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation (Argentina). In addition, he has also been a professor for approximately 20 years in undergraduate and graduate degrees and presided over the Argentine Association of Agricultural Economics. He has published different articles and books in the agricultural area in different fields. Currently, he is  the Representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture  (IICA) in Brazil.

Representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture  (IICA) in Brazil

Federal Auditor for External Control of the Federal Court of Accounts – TCU, graduated in Public Administration from the University Federal of Mato Grosso do Sul, and in Law at the Dom Bosco Catholic University.  Post-Graduate Lato Sensu (MBA) in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), and specialist in Strategic Management and Finance, with certifications in national and foreign events in the area of Public Policy.


He was Secretary of Personnel Management and Secretary of Budget and Finance and Accounting at TCU, also Chief of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of that body, and Director General of the Supreme Federal Court (STF).

He currently holds the position of Secretary for Innovation, Rural Development and Irrigation at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA).

Secretary of Innovation, Rural Development and Irrigation at MAPA

With an experience of more than 25 years and a high representativity on the food industry, Grazielle has worked with Diageo and Mondelez and currently is the Global VP of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability and Chairwoman of BRF Institute. She has a Bsc degree in Business Administration by Fundação Getúlio Vargas (“FGV”), an MBA degree on Marketing by FIA/USP and a post-graduate degree on Public Policies by FGV. She also currently holds the position of Chairwoman on the Board of Directors of ABIA – Brazilian Association of the Food Industry, is a member of the Board of Administration from several trade associations and Business Boards and is also a member of the Advisory Board for Foreign Trades of the Brazilian Ministry of Finances.

Grazielle is also very engaged with Diversity and Inclusion subjects, being the Chairwoman of the Brazilian Chapter of BRICS Woman Business Alliance and from other national and international initiatives.

Global Vice President of  Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at BRF and President of BRF Institute

Brazilian,  Food Engineer graduated  at UNICAMP, Brazil, with a Master Degree in Business Administration from ESPM in São Paulo, Brazil.

Since March 2015, Mauricio is back to Brazil in the position of DSM President Latin America being responsible for implement regional strategies towards 16 countries in the region and lead more than 2000 people with revenues higher than USD 1.2 billion.

Mauricio became also the President of Global Malnutrition Partnerships & Programs combining with his previous role as Chairman of the Board of Africa improved Foods, in Africa. The main responsibility is to actively develop and implement effectively public & private, and other partnerships and new business models, addressing malnutrition issues around the Globe.

MPP and Latin America DSM  President

Maurício Rodrigues is currently the president for the Crop Science division of Bayer in Latin America. He has over 20 years of experience, especially in the Ag Business, Risk Management and leadership of large groups in multiple regions. Prior to Bayer he has worked for BBA Bank and had a long career at Monsanto.

Maurício has global experience with international assignments in the USA and Mexico. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica de Engenharia at USP, an MBA in Finance from IBMEC, a postgraduate degree in Controllership from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and extensions at Wharton School and Washington University.

President of Crop Science division of Bayer in Latin America

Renowned corporate sustainability pioneer in Brazil, with more than 30 years of experience in sustainable finances and climate risk. Economist, Marina Grossi is President of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development – CEBDS since 2010, acting to promote sustainable business models, connect and articulate the corporate sector in Brazil with the government and civil society. On behalf of the Brazilian Government, led the group of 77 and China in 1999 and acted as the Brazilian negotiator at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) between 1997 and 2001. Marina was also the Brazilian Climate Change Forum coordinator between 2001 and 2003 and took part in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations. Marina Grossi led the “Vision 2050 – A new agenda for companies”, published in 2012 and featured in the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, as well as its revision, published in 2021 and articulated the development of the Green Titles Emission Guide, awarded as the “Initiative of the Year” by the Environmental Finance Green Bond Awards 2017. Between 2018and 2019, was member of the Steering Committee of the Carbon Price Leadership Coalition – CPLC, World Bank board focused on carbon pricing. Board member of Norte Energia S.A, Neoenergia Institute, JBS Fund for the Amazon and the Global Reporting Initiative – GRI.

President – CEBDS


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Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, where he also held his master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology and a doctor in Veterinary Sciences.

With experience in the areas of parasitology, zoonotic diseases, biotechnology, immunology and genomics applied to animal health, he has worked for the last 17 years in Science, Technology and Innovation management for agribusiness.

He started his career at Embrapa as a Researcher at the Beef Cattle Unit (MS), where he was also Deputy Head of Research and Development and General Head of that Unit. And at the company’s headquarters in Brasília, he served as Executive Director of Innovation and Technology.

He is a member of several national and international committees, councils and forums, such as the Global Network for Research and Innovation in Animal Health (Star-Idaz), the Forum of the Future Institute and the Superior Council of Agriculture at FIESP. He served as Director of Innovation at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

Cleber defends science and innovation as vital axes for Brazil’s sustainability and prominence as a major world producer of food, fiber and energy. He believes that, in the convergence between the digital economy and agriculture, consumers will be the greatest beneficiaries, with more transparency, safety and traceability of the products they consume.

Deputy Secretary for Innovation, Rural Development and Irrigation – MAPA

Agricultural Engineer with a postgraduate degree in Agricultural Economics, he is currently the Agribusiness Officer for the Delegation of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture – IICA, in Brazil, where, for the last 8 years, he has worked in the management of national and hemispheric projects related to rural development, bioeconomy and family farming. In addition, he is also a member of the board of directors of the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network – CSAYN for the of 4 years mandate (2022 – 2026) and is a consultant for national and international startups in the area of project management and sustainability.

Agribusiness Officer at the IICA Delegation in Brazil

Latin America Sustainability Director, Bayer. In this role, he is leading the efforts to implement the 30 (Greenhouse Gases):30 (Environmental Impact Reduction):100 (Smallholder Farmers) agenda in the region and also connecting the company to the key stakeholders to discuss sustainability in agriculture and building strong long term partnerships with them.

Eduardo also serves as a board member in 3 associations and one investment fund: ABAG (Brazilian Agribusiness Association), where he has been the Head of the Sustainability Committee for the last 8 years; Coalition Forest Climate Agriculture (Coalizão); COSAG/FIESP (Agribusiness Council at the São Paulo Industry Chamber) and 10B (SK Tarpon Investment) . He is also a member of the Ag Task Force of TFA (Tropical Forest Alliance) for Latam.

Eduardo started his career in sales at Rhodia, that became Aventis and then Bayer Crop Science. He also worked for inpEV (CropLife Brasil), Dow Chemical (Latam) and AIPC (Brazilian Cocoa Grinders Association).

Eduardo has also served as Chairman of GTPS (Brazilian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) and Vice Chairman at GRSB (Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) and Director of LACC (Latin America Conservation Council).

Bastos has 25 years of experience working on agriculture, food systems and sustainability around the world. He has worked across a wide range of topics, including government affairs, corporate sustainability, climate change, smallholder farming systems, agricultural policy, and waste management. Bastos is an Agronomic Engineer, graduated at ESALQ/USP and holds 2 MBA´s, Marketing (FGV) and Business Management (FDC).

Latin America Sustainability Director, Bayer

Graduated in Law from the Faculdade de Direito São Bernardo do Campo, post-graduated in Public Law from EPD – Escola Paulista de Direito and specialization in Compliance. With 25 years of experience in the strategic legal area, 18 of them dedicated to the food and beverage industry, she has extensive technical knowledge and a focus on legal support for business areas and on reputational risk mitigation. Coordinates the ABIA’s Legal and Sustainability Committees, in addition to the Legal Committee of packaging Reverse Logistic, a group of associations from various productive sectors and maintains a sectorial agreement with the Environment Ministry to recovery post-consumer packaging.

Legal and Compliance Director of ABIA


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Alejandro is the Head of Public Affairs Sustainability and Science for Crop Science in LATAM Lead since January 2019.  Within his current role, he is responsible for solidifying our relations with Key external stakeholders and to drive our sustainability efforts in this Key region for BAYER Crop Science Business.

Prior to this role, Alejandro was Corporate Engagement Lead for Monsanto in South America, within his tenure he roles of increasing responsibility as Paraguay & Uruguay General Manager based in Asuncion Paraguay and spent 4 years in Headquarters in United states as the South America Product Manager.

Alejandro graduated from Universidad Católica de Buenos Aires (UCA) with a degree in Agronomy and also graduated with an MBA from Universidad CEMA.   He has participated in the Executive Education Program in Leadership at Kellogg School of Management.

Alejandro and his wife, Dolores, have two daughters, Delfina and Catalina – they are currently based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Corporate Engagement Leader at Bayer Crop Science for Latin America

Master in Public Health, USP, Brazil – Postgraduate in Business Management from ESPM, Brazil- Postgraduate in Food Marketing, CESMA, Spain- Specialization in Public Health Laboratory, USP, Brazil- Graduation in Nutrition, USP, Brazil – Graduation in Biology, USP, Brazil .

Experience: Fernanda works as Senior Health and Nutrition Manager for Latin America at Unilever. She worked for 3 years at Unilever Netherlands, as Global Health and Nutrition Manager. Previously, I worked as a Health Marketing Manager at Danone. Fernanda was also a science teacher at the municipal school system for 4 years.

“I have been working in the food industry for more than 10 years and I am proud to be able, within the industry, to work with my life purpose: spreading easy yet true messages, empowering people to make healthier and more sustainable life decisions.”

Health and Nutrition Manager for Latin America at Unilever (Brazil)

Héctor Cori holds a degree in Food Engineering (Science and Technology) from the University of Chile and is an international expert in micronutrient intervention projects, vitamin applications, formulations, stability and costing. He has 32 years of experience working for DSM Nutritional Products and is currently the manager for Nutrition Science and Advocacy in Latin America. He has served as a micronutrient advisor for WHO, PAHO, GAIN, SUSTAIN, and many other organizations, promoting and assisting fortification programs in developing countries. He has produced internal and external use manuals on supplements, flour fortification, iron fortification of foods, vitamin-mineral premixes and on quality as a determinant for program effectiveness. He assists the regulatory work of DSM and provides scientific rationale on regulatory issues related to fortification, micronutrient safety, Nutrient Reference Values and other public health nutrition related issues. He provides technical training to company affiliates and liaises with international agencies, academia and government bodies providing scientific and technical support for the design and implementation of food fortification programs.  He serves at local Codex Alimentarius working groups.

Scientific Director of DSM Human Nutrition & Health Latin America

She is a Food Engineer and a Master degree in Food Science at University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil, with an specialization in Nutritional Planning at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and Consumer Studies at the University of Ghelph, Canada. She was a teacher and researcher on Nutritional Planning at  FEA-UNICAMP and worked in several food companies (Pratika SA, Nutricia SA, Cia. Cervejaria Brahma SA, Gessy Lever Alimentos S.A).She was a Brazilian Delegate, on behalf of Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture  at the Food Labeling Committee of Codex Alimentarius (Canada), the Codex Alimentarius Biotechnology Food Task Force (Japan) and Codex Alimentarius Committee  for Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (Germany). She has also been a member of FAO/WHO Expert Panel on Food Safety of Genetically Modified Foods and the OECD Task Force on Novel Food and Feed Safety Assessment. She coordinated the Biofortification activities in Latin America and the Caribbean till 2020, being now a mentor for this subject for the region. Nowadays she is a Researcher at Embrapa Food Technology, being Embrapa Focal Point for the Alliance of  Bioversity International and CIAT  ( International Center for Tropical Agriculture). Main areas of research: food safety, nutrition, sustainable food systems, biofortification and biosafety of genetically modified foods.

Researcher at Embrapa Agroindústria de Alimentos

Adriana Brondani has over 10 years of experience in science communication, designing strategy and planning, project management across different geographies according to plant science business challenges. She founded Biofocus Hub, a food and agricultural foresight company that helps brands get ahead of trends, after 09 years leading plant biotechnology acceptance and industry external stakeholders at the Council for Biotechnology Information (CIB). She is biologist and holds master and PHD in Biological Sciences and she also has over 15 years of university teaching and researching experience in cancer molecular biology. Currently, she is also professor at the MBA of Agribusiness at the University of São Paulo.

Founded Biofocus Hub

Dietitien (CRN 5738 SP), Master and Doctor in Sciences –  College of Medicine of USP. Postdoctoral student in Nutrition at the College of Public Health at USP. Certified in Health and Wellness Coaching by the American College of Spports and Medicine.  Specialist in Eating Disorders –  University of Paris V, in Physiological Basis of Nutrition in Sports at UNIFESP and in Clinical Functional Nutrition at UNIB. Member of the Communication Committee of SBAN. Clinical Director of Dietnet Nutrição, Saúde e Bem-Estar since 2006. Author of 6 nutrition books. She frequently participates as a guest nutritionist in several television programs, such as: Programa Bem Estar, TV Globo, since 2012; Você Bonita program, TV Gazeta; Aqui na Band program, TV Bandeirantes.

Dietitien, Master and Doctor in Sciences


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Fernando Gonçalves Neto – is a Mechanical Engineer from USP in São Carlos, pos-graduated in Strategic Management and AMP from Harvard Business School. He has experience in product development in the agricultural machinery segment and in the management of innovation, industrial and business areas. He has been in Jacto since 1996 and since 2014 has held the Presidency.

President of JACTO

For 25 years, Yamileth Fajardo has been working in the Energy Management and Automation businesses for different segments. During all these years, her career has developed in various companies through areas such as customer experience, logistics, services, marketing and sales, which gave her a complete vision at an operational and strategic level in both businesses. Yamileth joined Schneider Electric 18 years ago occupying different positions and leading teams in the Andean Cluster (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia) and South America.

Since 2019, she is the Leader of the Consumer Package Goods (CPG) segment and digital transformation strategy (EcoStruxure) for South America.

The executive is an Electrical Engineer from the USB – Universidad Simón Bolívar- Caracas, Venezuela with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Metropolitana – Caracas, Venezuela.

CP&G Regional Segment Leader – Schneider Electric

Mateus Barros is Bayer’s Digital & New Business Models leader for Latin America. His career spans more than 15 years working with agriculture in different businesses and regions. An agronomist with a degree from Esalq/USP, he joined the organization in 2004 as a trainee and spent nine years in the commercial area as Technical Sales Representative, Regional Manager and Unit Manager. He joined the Brazil Leadership Team as Crop Protection Business Leader in 2015, being responsible for the sales, marketing, product management and operations teams.  With the arrival of the Climate FieldView digital farming platform in Brazil, Barros became Climate business leader for South America. In 2018, he became Climate business leader for Latin America, a position he held until August 2020.

Director of the Digital & New Business Models Area – Bayer Crop Science

Gilberto Girardi is an economist from USP, with specialization in Information Systems from UFRGS and Agroindustrial Economics from UFSCar. Before starting his entrepreneurial journey, he worked at Deloitte and Unilever. He has 30 years of dedication to the development of digital technology and management initiatives for the agricultural and agro-industrial sector, across several ventures. He is a board member of technology-based companies and founder of Velos AG.

Founder of Velos AG

Giovana Araújo is a well-recognized agribusiness specialist in Latin America, with relevant experience over 25 years of professional activity in the sector. She is currently partner at KPMG Brazil, acting as sector leader for agribusiness markets. Prior to KPMG, she worked at ItauBBA, a leading investment bank in Latin America, and also at MB Agro and DATAGRO, leading agribusiness think tanks based in Brazil. Elected as the best equity research analyst for Agribusiness by Institutional Investor’s ranking for Brazil and Latin America in 2013.

Lead Partner for Agribusiness Markets –KPMG


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Master’s degree in Sustainable Local Development Management, at the University of Pernambuco. Post graduate in Froeign Trade. Degree in Business Administration, with qualification in Foreign Trade. Former Business Director of Bio Fair Trade and commercial representative of the Dutch Importer of Fair Trade Barbosa. Responsible for the implementation of the first Brazilian Fair Trade Company in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and World Vision. Currently coordinates the Semear International Program, a knowledge management program developed in partnership between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). 

Coordinates the Semear International Program – IICA

Biochemist Pharmacist and Bachelor of Law with 25 years of experience in the management of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs developed in large multinational companies such as Danone, Unilever, Mondelez and Nestlé with important performance with Class Associations such as ABIA, ABIAD, GENE and scientific organizations such as ILSI and regulatory bodies such as ANVISA, Ministry of Agriculture, Codex Alimentarius, Mercosur and others.

Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs – ABIA

Caspar van Rijnbach, currently Senior IT Repesentative at Bayer Brazil is leader of the Open Innovation pillar and Lifehub, Bayer’s innovation hub. With almost 6 years at Bayer, he served before his current position as Head of Business Consulting Latam and Head of Business Services Brazil. Prior to his time at Bayer, he worked at Shell, Banco ABN AMRO Real and EY in the areas of strategy and innovation. At EY, he was also a leader in the Life Sciences sector. Between 2004 and 2011 he was one of the partners at startup Terraforum, a consultancy in knowledge management and innovation. As a consultant, he implemented strategic projects in several companies in the area of ​​agriculture, food and nutrition. Blogger and co-author of several books and articles on strategy and innovation. He currently leads strategic issues related to sustainability, nutrition and health at Bayer.


He has lived in Brazil since 2001 and has been married for 21 years to his Brazilian wife Tania. He has a master’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in political science. He was a professional baseball player before his business career. He still likes sports because he plays golf in his free time.

Senior IT Representative and Bayer 2022 IT Lead Brazil

Duncan Turnbull was educated at the University of Oxford and Stanford Graduate School of Business and works in the intersection of agriculture and renewable energy. He has invested in and operated over 15,000ha of agriculture projects in three continents.

Director of Energy and Agriculture – BFA Partners

Thirty years of experience in the Commercial, Technical and Innovation areas, he has lived in multinational companies in the food sector, both in the B2B and B2C markets. Experience in the development and execution of strategic plans for the commercialization of flavors and food ingredients in Latin America.

Regional Innovation Head – Latam


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Christian Lohbauer, 54, holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Studied from 1994 to 1997 at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He was International Relations Manager of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo – FIESP (2001-2004), Deputy Secretary of International Relations of the Municipality of São Paulo (2005), Executive Director of the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association – ABEF (2006-2009), Executive President of the Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters – CitrusBR (2009-2013) and head of Corporate Affairs at Bayer Brazil (2013-2018). He is Executive President of CropLife Brasil, Director of the Agriculture Council of the São Paulo Federation of Industries (COSAG/Fiesp) since 2006 and member of the International Analysis Group of the University of São Paulo (GACINT/IRI/USP) since 1999. Lohbauer ran for Vice-Presidency of the Republic in the Brazilian general elections of 2018 in the New Party ticket.

Executive President of CropLife Brazil

Agronomist and farmer, MSc in Business Administration. Experienced in innovation management and Supply Chain working in public and private companies as Unilever and Embrapa. He is currently General Coordinator of Mechanization, New Technologies and Genetic Resources at the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply and coordinates the Strategic Council of the National Bioinputs Program in Brazil.

President of the Brazilian Bioinputs Program

Current president and one of the founders of the Associated Group of Sustainable Agriculture (GAAS), Rogério Vian is an agricultural technician, agronomist and farmer in the municipalities of Mineiros and Caiapônia. It grows large-scale organic soybeans, corn, soro, sugarcane, eucalyptus, mix of cover crops and sesame, and is starting the planting of organic coffee. It also participates in the Boards of Directors of Aprosoja-GO, IGA and Agopa.

Graduated in Chemistry, with a Masters and Doctorate in Materials Engineering at UFSCar, with a Sandwich Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/ USA and a Post Doctorate in Technological Innovation at UFSCar. With more than 25 years of professional experience, working as a manager in Research, Development and Innovation, RD&I, in the private sector, in large companies such as BRF, Huntsman Química Brasil, in startups in startups and in Innovation consultancies. In government, she was Director of the Department of Support for Innovation and of the Department of Structuring Technologies at the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation, MCTI. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of Campinas, UNICAMP, and at the University of Brasília, UnB, teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses, and was a new business manager at the University of Brasília Technological Innovation Center.

Executive Director of Innovation and Technology – Embrapa

Roberto Rossi, 38 years old, graduated in Agricultural Engineering from University of Sao Paulo (USP).Post Graduated in Strategic People Management from FGVand with Specialization in Executive Management from Unicamp.He is currently the Business Director at Coplacana and has worked for Cargill, Cosan and Raízen in the areas of grain origination and Supply Chain.

Director at Coplacana

B.S., Major in Agricultural Engineering, University of São Paulo (USP, Campus of Piracicaba) Post-Graduation (Lato Sensu) in Business: MBA Investment, Management and Planning on Sugar Cane Industry Market (PECEGE/ESALQ/USP)Former President of ABCBio (National Association of Biocontrol Industry – 2013-2014) Former Vice-President of ABCBio (National Association of Biocontrol Industry – 2015-2016)Former President of ABCBio (National Association of Biocontrol Industry – 2017-2018) Vice President of ABCBio (National Association of Biocontrol Industry – 2019-2020) Council member Croplife (2020 -2021) Commercial Director of Koppert Brazil (2012-present date).

Commercial Director of Koppert Brazil

Tiago Gomes is an Investment Professional and Head of ESG for Latin America at GEF Capital Partners. He leads the investment efforts related to Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to GEFCP, he worked at Chicago-based impact funds Impact Engine and Vested World. Tiago has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank in the Project Finance division in New York and Singapore, where he co-led investments in infrastructure and energy. Tiago began his career as a Private Equity analyst at Patria Investimentos.  

Vice President – GEF Capital


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Pollyana Saraiva is Head of Rural Banking, the agricultural division of Rabobank Brazil. Before that, she was the Executive Manager of Rural Banking, where she served as part of the strategic planning and management team.

Graduated in Business Administration and postgraduate in Business Management from the Federal University of Uberlândia, Pollyana has accumulated experience in the agribusiness credit sector over the last 21 years. She joined Rabobank in 2007, where she acted as Branch Manager in the management and structuring of credit for clients in the region.

Head of Rural Banking for Rabobank Brazil

Madelaine Venzon is researcher at Agriculture and Livestock Research Enterprise of Minas Gerais (EPAMIG). Her main research focus is on biological control of pests.  She also coordinates the Research Program of Agroecology of EPAMIG. She has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from Federal University of Pelotas, MSc in Entomology from Federal University of Lavras, PhD in Population Biology from University of Amsterdam, and a sabbatical year at University of California, Davis. In 2017 and 2020, she received an award from EPAMIG from her research productivity. She advises master and doctorate students from Federal University of Viçosa, in the entomology and plant protection courses.

Researcher – Agriculture and Livestock Research Enterprise of Minas Gerais (EPAMIG)

Chemical Engineer and Lawyer, MSc in Intellectual Property and Innovation. Experienced in innovation management and intellectual property areas for 16 years, working in public and private companies as CEMIG, Vale S.A. and Embrapa. Nowadays she is Director for the Support to Innovation for Agriculture Department at the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil, working with public policies to promote open innovation, sustainability, bioeconomy, digital tools and foodtech in agribusiness.

Director for Innovation – MAPA

Graduated in Agronomy – Santa Catarina State University (1999), Master in Plant Science – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2002) and Ph.D. in Plant Production – Federal University of Paraná (2007). Researcher at Embrapa, located at the National Center for Soybean Research, acting as Head of Research & Development. Is researcher of CNPq at the 1D level. Has experience in Agronomy with emphasis on soybean and corn crop management; crop-livestock integration system; diversification of production models and technology transfer. Has over 250 publications (papers, books, book chapters, technical reports) on these lines of research and has launched more than 10 technologies.

Head of Research and Development

Graduated in Agronomy Engineering at ESALQ/USP, Alessandra has more than 25 years of experience in the Agribusiness, Institutional Relations and Sustainability sector, having already worked in important companies of this industry. At Bayer, she was Product Manager and Market Manager in the Seeds and Biotechnology in the Crop Science Division. Later, she led the Corporate Affairs area (APSA) of Crop Science for Brazil and was president of the former Council of Information on Biotechnology (CIB) besides representing Bayer in several associations and committees. Among her attributions as Bayer’s Stakeholders Engagement and Relationship Director are the dialogue and approximation with the company’s contacts all over Brazil and Latin America focusing on environment, climate change, carbon market, biodiversity and food chain issues, among others.

Latin America Stakeholder Affairs Strategy – Public Affairs & Sustainability Crop Science

Head of agriculture, Milk collection and dairy ingredients at Danone. Experient professional of FMCG supply chain management and Agriculture. Responsible for Milk Collection, quality, sustainability, logistics projects and market intelligence. Previous experience in operations, procurement, supply chain management, and Agriculture.

Milk Procurement Director of Danone

Adriana holds an undergraduate degree on Environmental Engineering from “Universidade de São Paulo”. After a few experiences in the Academy and for Environmental Consultancies as well as some international experience, Adriana joined Unilever as a trainee in 2015. Since then, she has worked in diverse functions starting on customer development and than moving to roles inside Supply Chain such as manufacturing, logistics and procurement. Currently she is a Regional Procurement Manager and, due to her background and passion for the topic, she also plays a role as a sustainability leader for agricultural materials in Latin America.

Procurement Manager for Latin America – Unilever


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World Food Day Americas

More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems:
Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and a Better Life.

Like leaving no one behind.

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