Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit LATAM 2024

Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit LATAM

Unifying the food industry to accelerate regenerative agriculture practices through partnership and harmonization

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Mexico City, Mexico
25-26 June, 2024

“The diversity of actors within the agri value chain was a fantastic asset to understanding farm-to-fork! It was great to have both "sides" of the regenerative agriculture sector. By that I mean, those who are the big input producers and those who believe organic and no synthetic inputs are the way forward to have professional discussions in a safe environment.”

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WHY ATTEND?

The urgency to shift global agriculture from degenerative practices to regenerative ones is growing, as the need to reverse the degradation of biodiversity and soil fertility becomes increasingly paramount.

Regenerative Agriculture looks to effect planetary restoration and the Americas play a crucial role in making this happen. With high levels of biodiversity and the prominence of smallholder farming practices, Mexico offers unique opportunities for implementing regenerative agricultural techniques tailored to specific regions. By harnessing indigenous knowledge and traditional farming methods, Mexican (and LATAM) farmers can adapt regenerative practices to suit local conditions while preserving cultural heritage.

However, this transition is not without challenges, tackling education, digitalization, lack of governmental support, and farmer distrust is critical to enable this transition. The challenge ahead is substantial and cannot be achieved through one individual stakeholder. These hurdles are bigger than any singular actor can solve and will require collaboration across the food system.

Introducing the Regenerative Agriculture and Food Systems Summit LATAM, a forum to collaborate, exchange ideas, build partnerships with industry leaders and drive transformative change towards a sustainable food system.

Join us this June 25-26 in Mexico City as we spark and sustain change by uniting the industry under one shared mission: to accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture to build a more abundant and resilient food system for generations to come.

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WHO'S ATTENDING?

Farmers/Academics

  • Share your Story: Let others know about your experiences and challenges, making sure important multinational companies and key stakeholders listen.
  • Learn from Others: Get useful tips from the real experiences of other large scale and smallholder farmers, helping you use what works and apply it to your own work.
  • Meet and Connect: Find new partners and get new ideas by talking and sharing with other farmers and agriculture supply chain contacts.

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Consultants/Investors

  • Market Leadership: Elevate your market presence by demonstrating your expertise in regenerative agriculture, attracting new clients and partners, and positioning your company as an industry pioneer.
  • Thought Leadership: Shape the future of regenerative agriculture by engaging in pivotal discussions, influencing direction of the emergence of regenerative agriculture within the LATAM region. 
  • Regulatory Navigation: Enhance your strategic advantage by mastering regulatory developments and hear and interact with stakeholders from: the Mexican government, NGOs and the food and beverage industry. 

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NGOs/Cooperatives

  • Push for Change: Work with top food and beverage multinational figures to push for policies that back the shift to regenerative farming, helping shape a supportive framework.
  • Share Success Stories: Show real case studies where regenerative farming has helped farming process across Latin America/ Mexico.
  • Build Alliances: Make your projects bigger and better by teaming up with other farmers, NGOs, and multinationals.

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Service Providers

  • Grow Your Business: Find new business chances and grow your client list by meeting key players from across the regenerative agriculture supply chain in Mexico/ LATAM.
  • Highlight Your Innovations: Show potential clients how your unique solutions help the environment and see other solutions in action during our LATAM innovation showcase, plenary  and roundtable sessions.
  • Connect and Team Up: Build your reputation and make strong business connections with over 150 people working directly within the LATAM agri-food sector. 

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MNCs/F&B Brands

  • Leadership Collaboration: Meet with the other key food brands across Mexico that are looking to implement regenerative practices and help to collaboratively build a strategy for change. 
  • Industry Changemakers: Present practical case studies showcasing the positive effects of regenerative agriculture on your business and the wider agriculture landscape in Mexico.  
  • Extensive Networking: Engage with and gain insights from over 150 industry leaders spanning the supply chain, all dedicated to revolutionizing agriculture for a more sustainable future.

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Retailers

  • Collaborative Leadership: Cultivate partnerships to collectively influence change by connecting with farmers, ingredient suppliers, F&B Brands, and key decision-makers throughout the value chain.
  • Strategic Knowledge Exchange: Scale your initiatives by recognizing strategic opportunities and forging new partnerships with like-minded sustainability leads. 
  • Extensive Networking: Establish connections with over 150 industry leaders spanning the supply chain, all dedicated to reshaping the farming landscape towards a more sustainable future for Mexico and LATAM. 

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25+ INDUSTRY LEADING SPEAKERS

ADVISORY BOARD

Our Advisory Board helps steer the direction of the Series and its content to ensure we stay close to our mission throughout.

Our members bring an objective and collaborative approach to their roles and aid in the creation of a platform that is industry-driven and provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to share, network, and leave committed, and ready to make real progress.

 

Author:

Lesley Mitchell

Director of Policy
Sustainable Food Trust

Lesley Mitchell

Director of Policy
Sustainable Food Trust

Author:

Øistein Thorsen

CEO
FAI Farms

Øistein Thorsen

CEO
FAI Farms

Author:

Jess Newman

Senior Director of Agriculture and Sustainability
McCain Foods

Jess Newman is the Senior Director of Agriculture & Sustainability at McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and appetizers. Her team of agronomists and field representatives are responsible for all the vegetable crops purchased directly from farmers. They also implement McCain’s 2025 sustainability goals related to agriculture: 100% of farmers implementing regenerative practices, 25% reduction in farming CO2 emissions intensity, 15% improvement in irrigation water use efficiency in water-stressed regions, and the launch of three Farms of the Future.

Jess works remotely from her home state of Michigan and travels frequently to support her team (when covid allows).

Jess is passionate about sustainability in agricultural supply chains. Her philosophy is to meet farmers where they are and help them move along the sustainability spectrum – while creating profitability too! Talking to farmers is what energizes her. Shas worked at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Ecologic Institute, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Booz & Company, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Anheuser-Busch. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (with Sustainability Certificate). She loves baking bread, sci-fi/fantasy, and cats.

Jess Newman

Senior Director of Agriculture and Sustainability
McCain Foods

Jess Newman is the Senior Director of Agriculture & Sustainability at McCain Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products and appetizers. Her team of agronomists and field representatives are responsible for all the vegetable crops purchased directly from farmers. They also implement McCain’s 2025 sustainability goals related to agriculture: 100% of farmers implementing regenerative practices, 25% reduction in farming CO2 emissions intensity, 15% improvement in irrigation water use efficiency in water-stressed regions, and the launch of three Farms of the Future.

Jess works remotely from her home state of Michigan and travels frequently to support her team (when covid allows).

Jess is passionate about sustainability in agricultural supply chains. Her philosophy is to meet farmers where they are and help them move along the sustainability spectrum – while creating profitability too! Talking to farmers is what energizes her. Shas worked at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Ecologic Institute, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Booz & Company, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and Anheuser-Busch. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management (with Sustainability Certificate). She loves baking bread, sci-fi/fantasy, and cats.

Author:

Pascal Chapot

Corporate Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development
Nestlé

Pascal Chapot

Corporate Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development
Nestlé

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Megan Rock

Chief Sustainability Officer
CHS

Megan Rock is vice president of sustainability and innovation at CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and an agronomy, global energy, grains and food company.

In 2022, Rock joined CHS as the company’s first VP of sustainability and innovation. Prior to CHS, she served as VP of corporate responsibility and sustainability and global lead of sustainability solutions at Bunge, Inc., and held sustainability and environmental management positions in government and banking.

In her new role, Rock will lead CHS efforts to develop and execute sustainability and innovation strategies across its $48 billion enterprise.

Rock holds a bachelor of science degree in soil, environmental and atmospheric science from the University of Missouri and a graduate certificate in advanced studies in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. 

Rock has served on the board of directors for Field to Market and Ag Future of America. In 2015, she received the Changemaker of Tomorrow award from Keep Akron (Ohio) Beautiful, and she is a member of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2020. She lives in St. Louis with her three children and two French bulldogs.

Megan Rock

Chief Sustainability Officer
CHS

Megan Rock is vice president of sustainability and innovation at CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and an agronomy, global energy, grains and food company.

In 2022, Rock joined CHS as the company’s first VP of sustainability and innovation. Prior to CHS, she served as VP of corporate responsibility and sustainability and global lead of sustainability solutions at Bunge, Inc., and held sustainability and environmental management positions in government and banking.

In her new role, Rock will lead CHS efforts to develop and execute sustainability and innovation strategies across its $48 billion enterprise.

Rock holds a bachelor of science degree in soil, environmental and atmospheric science from the University of Missouri and a graduate certificate in advanced studies in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. 

Rock has served on the board of directors for Field to Market and Ag Future of America. In 2015, she received the Changemaker of Tomorrow award from Keep Akron (Ohio) Beautiful, and she is a member of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2020. She lives in St. Louis with her three children and two French bulldogs.

Author:

Felipe Villela

Founder & Chief Impact Officer
ReNature

Felipe Villela

Founder & Chief Impact Officer
ReNature

Author:

Martina Henry

Director, Agriculture Sustainability
Kraft Heinz

Martina Henry

Director, Agriculture Sustainability
Kraft Heinz

Author:

Alex Godfrey

Joint Head of Natural Capital
Savills

Alex Godfrey

Joint Head of Natural Capital
Savills

Author:

Jennifer Simpson

Sustainability Lead CSST
Cargill

Jennifer Simpson

Sustainability Lead CSST
Cargill

Author:

Dionys Forster

Director General
SAI Platform

Dionys Forster

Director General
SAI Platform

INNOVATION SHOWCASE

The Innovation Showcase offers a dynamic platform for agricultural startups to display their unique technologies, services, and products. This is an unparalleled opportunity to present before an audience comprising investors and industry leaders.

Witness our top 5 finalists as they pitch their groundbreaking innovations on the main stage. The session includes a live Q&A segment with our Selection Committee and interactive audience
participation.

Audience members play a crucial role, engaging in a live vote to crown the inaugural ‘Audience Choice Winner’ of the Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems Summit LATAM.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are free to apply. All finalists MUST be registered to attend the Regenerative Agriculture and Food Systems Summit LATAM.

Applications close Friday, May 24.

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