PART 3 - Agribusiness & the SDGs: How can we rethink investment and financial mechanisms to align agribusiness with the SDGs?

15.00-17.00 CET, 03 December 2020 – Add to Calendar

Agriculture is facing multiple challenges – meeting global food security; a growing population with changing diets; a levelling off of crop yields; dwindling natural resources and biodiversity – all whilst managing the increasing threats of climate change. Meeting all these challenges will require a significant increase in the access and availability of capital for climate-smart investment across agri-value chain.

Accessible and robust public and private sector investment is critical to support our global food systems in their transition to a low-carbon, equitable and resilient future.

The final instalment of “The Great Food Challenge” will present a Virtual Discussion examining the role innovative financial mechanisms and aligned investment will play in meeting the goal of international development, poverty alleviation and climate resilience and the critical role of the international finance community in realign global agribusiness with the UN SDGs.

15:00 CET

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Mike Barry, Chair, The Great Food Challenge

15:05 CET

Opening Panel Discussion
SDG 1, 2 & 10: Investing in a future free from hunger, poverty to build climate resilience


  • Mohamed, Manssouri, Director, FAO Investment Centre
  • Iride Ceccacci, Principal Agribusiness Advisor, EBRD
  • Jon McLea, Independent Agricultural Consultant / Small Holder Farmer Expert


  • Mike Barry, Chair, The Great Food Challenge

15:45 CET


16:00 CET

Innovation Insights | Ward Laboratories

Willie Pretorius, Soil Health Consultant, Ward Laboratories

16:15 CET

Closing Panel Discussion
SDG 8, 13 & 15: How can the international finance community realign their investments in agribusiness to drive the SDGs forward?


  • Maria Lettini, Executive Director, FAIRR
  • Dario Soto Abril, Global CEO, Fairtrade International
  • Willie Pretorius, Soil Health Consultant, Ward Laboratories
  • Daniel Hulls, CEO, AgDevCo


  • Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director, FAO

16:55 CET

Series Closing Remarks

Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director, FAO

17:00 CET

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Mike Barry, Chair, The Great Food Challenge

PART 1 - Food Security and The Global Recovery: How do we rebuild global food security to accelerate a resilient recovery?

15.00-16.15 CEST, 03 September 2020

Part 1 delivers 75 minutes of deep dive discussion on how to build resilience into our recovery, improve inclusion and ensure economic growth across our global food systems and regions. 

Food insecurity is set to double in 2020. COVID-19 has put developing regions at the greatest risk whilst highlighting structural inequalities in more developed nations. As governments around the world implement recovery plans and fiscal responses to the pandemic, it’s critical that countries work together to strengthen cooperation and pursue an inclusive, resilient recovery. 

The policies, intervention and financial support mechanisms imposed by countries must not exacerbate or widen existing global and regional inequalities presented by our food systems and create further food insecurities

15:00    Event chair opening remarks

15:05 Climate Leaders LIVE

15:30    Interlude – short videos and promotional content presented by FAO and Partners

15:35    Virtual Panel Discussion

16:15    Part 1 Ends – available to watch on-demand at climateaction.org

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