CFS 43 Side Event

Ideas Showcase: Investments to Advance the SDGs

Wednesday, October 19, 18:00 to 19:30
Iran Room: Bldg B Floor 2


Nichola Dyer,
Programme Manager of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program,

Adrienne Gardaz,
Senior Policy Advisor and Programme Manager, UN Global Compact

Dror Avisar,
Platform Head of Yield Protection and Molecular Biology Research And Development, Futuragene

Rachel Pether,
Chief Financial Officer, Agriprocity

Carl Heinrich Bruhn,
CEO, Amatheon Agri Holding

Steve Ngunyi,
Managing Partner, ICON

Brian Lowry,
Deputy General Counsel, Monsanto

Poorva Pandya,
Project Head of Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Export Trading Group

John Young Simpson,
Vice President, Duxton Asset Management

Tara Nathan,
Executive Vice President of Public-Private Partnerships, MasterCard

Wayne Dredge,
International Ambassador, Nuffield International

pdf Programme - Ideas Showcase (574 KB)

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Read the CFS43 event recap


The 2030 Agenda recognizes the critical role of business in delivering on the promise of sustainable and inclusive development by generating decent jobs, contributing public revenue and providing affordable goods and services. Investments contribute to improve poor peoples' lives by boosting their productive activities. The development of resilient agricultural and agro-industrial sectors is essential for the construction of a sustainable future for all countries. 

Achieving SDG2 will require significant investments to develop the entire value chain in the sector: from improving yields and collection operations on farms to the transportation of products and their distribution on local, regional or international markets; integrating smallholders more effectively in markets; empowering women; providing economic opportunities in rural areas and addressing the likely impacts of climate change. Collaborations between the public and the private sector, smallholder producers and civil society can contribute to creating sustainable, diverse and nutrition-enhancing food systems to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition as well as supporting and promoting healthy diets. The Ideas Showcase presented concrete examples of responsible investment in the agri-food value chain and the best practices that have made them work. The showcase featured case-studies from PSM Members and how they contribute to achieving SDG2. 

Key Themes & Discussion Points

Louise Bleach, Consultant, Longevity Development: Reviewed how having water does not necessarily determine a strong agricultural sector. For example, 26% of Malawi is water, but 6.5% of people are receiving emergency aide. She discussed how partnerships with PSM members could bring Longevity Developments programs further. 

Adrienne Gardaz, Senior Policy Advisor and Programme Manager, UN Global Compact: Discussed how driving business awareness and action will support all of the SDGS. She highlighted how even though the goals are global the implementation and ultimately the success of each will be local and business will play a key role in this success. Showcased how the UN global compact is impacting people through local SDG action plans within their network and showed a few of their many resources available. 

Mike May, Vice President Public Affairs, Futuragene-Suzano: Discussed how Suzano is working in Brazil source local, smallholder groups. By doing this it provides the locals with a price premium, making the income per hectare higher. He highlighted how Suzano also has pioneered advances in pulp mill technology development and deployment as part of its Positive Manufacturing strategy. In 2016, they have a positive energy balance, supplying enough renewable energy for 800,000 people.

Rachel Pether, Chief Financial Officer, Agriprocity: Showcased how Agriprocity’s model enables farmers to purposefully produce crops based on a targeted end user demand. She stated that Agriprocity aims to un-commoditize a portion of a farmer’s crop output, allowing them to enjoy more transparent, longer-term revenues. Building targeted crop value chains gives greater security to farmers, allowing them to re-invest a portion of their profits into their farm and plan for the future.

Steve Ngunyi, Managing Partner, ICON: Presented on how ICON is aiming to seek new and innovative ways to engage youth in agriculture with the goal of creating a cultural barrier shift in Kenya. He outlined their two pronged strategic plan to do so by developing an audience through leadership and mentorship forums and creating partnerships between youth and agribusiness. 

Brian Lowry, Deputy General Counsel, Monsanto: Announced Monsanto’s new food and nutrition platform for 2017. The platform is focused on strategic collaborations in support of a comprehensive approach to Food and Nutrition Security and to make a balanced meal more accessible for everyone. He highlighted its two pronged approach:

  1. Increase long-term behavioral changes towards healthy eating and nutrition 
  2. Address short term immediate barriers to access and use for mothers & children 0-5

Poorva Pandya, project head of marketing and public relations manager, Export Trading Group: Discussed the ETG Farmers Foundation and its mission is to empower smallholder communities in Sub-Saharan Africa so that they can work towards a better future through sustainable agriculture.  EFF introduces the most viable pulses, access to new technologies and a guaranteed market to farmers in rural, poverty-stricken areas with the intention of enabling the farmers to focus on production. 

John Young Simpson, Vice President, Duxton Asset Management: Discussed how Duxton Asset Management has tied up with Watawala Plantations to set up a Sri Lankan dairy farm with an investment of 11.5 million US dollars, aiming to improve local yields and replace imported milk products.

Tara Nathan, Executive Vice President of public-private partnerships, Mastercard: Discussed how Mastercard’s Labs for Financial Inclusion (MCLFI) is prototyping an application that will connect smallholder farmers, qualified agents and buyers on their mobile devices, with banks so that farmers can accurately weigh their produce and receive a digital payment at a lower commission rate. The results are expected to be greater profit margins, the ability for farmers to build a digital business track record to facilitate loan applications, and greater financial literacy for the farmer. 

Wayne Dredge, International Ambassador, Nuffield International: Presented on how the Nuffield Scholarship program awards around 20 individuals each year with the opportunity to research topics of interest in farming, food, horticulture or rural sectors. Scholars are able to travel anywhere in the world, visiting one or more countries in order to further knowledge and understanding, with a view to advancing their respective industries. 

Main Conclusions

  • Collaborations between the public and the private sector, smallholder producers and civil society contribute are necessary to achieve SDG 2. 
  • Achieving SDG2 will require significant investments to develop the entire value chain.