High-Level Executive Dialogue gathers agribusiness leaders to discuss financial solutions

Challenges and Opportunities for the sector were addressed at the meeting as part of the Global Agribusiness Forum 2018, the world’s largest agri-debate arena.

What’s it all about?

The Climate Bonds Initiative and Sociedade Rural Brasileira (SRB) hosted yesterday a High-Level Executive Dialogue to address the latest opportunities and challenges faced by the sustainable agriculture in Brazil.

The event was held in São Paulo as part of the Global Agribusiness Forum 2018 agenda, with support from the Confederação da Agricultura e Pecuária do Brasil (CNA) and Ecoagro.

Gathered in the WTC Events Center, 40 high-level executives of agribusiness chain discussed new investment channels in low carbon land use practices. Clear opportunities were identified across Brazil’s coffee, sugarcane and livestock chains, where there is a pipeline of sustainable production practices. But as an extremely pulverized sector, we need to develop channeling mechanisms to allow for greater capital flows and aggregation platforms. Securitization, in its different variations, are an important part of the solution, as well as funds and other debt instruments.

Who’s saying what?

João Adrien, Diretor Executivo, Sociedade Rural Brasileira

“Yesterday’s discussion touched on important strategies for increasing financing for Brazil’s Agriculture sector, through green investments targeted towards sustainable and low carbon practices. With the implementation of the Forest Code and with best practices currently being employed by Brazilian producers, agriculture and livestock are prominent sectors for the allocation of these investments. Now we need a project pipeline.”

Thatyanne Gasparotto, Country Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative:

"Holding this event with GAF gave us the perfect platform to raise an important debate with significant representatives of the sector. Brazil has the potential to be a powerhouse for sustainable agriculture, we have the opportunity to make that attractive to investors as well. We cannot deny the challenges of the Brazilian agribusiness, but there are opportunities as well. We believe Brazil has the potential to become a world leader in green finance, especially though its agriculture industry."

The Last Word

This was an important step to strengthen the development of the Brazilian green finance market.

We are beginning to see growing appetite from local investors as well as on the international stage for green products. Brazil is ready to position itself as a green agricultural leader while fulfilling the opportunity to provide the world with sustainable food products at scale.

It’s time to attract international capital flows to fund the development of Brazil’s low-carbon economy.

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