Ahead of the summit in June, five industry leaders working to fast track the adoption of climate-smart farming practices discuss everything from biologicals to regenerative agriculture and carbon markets.
Guilherme Amado, Sustainable Quality Leader, NESPRESSO, BRAZIL
“Regenerative ag is one of our 3 main pillars of our The Positive Cup 2030 strategy. We define regenerative coffee farming as a set of principles, practices and outcomes that focus on soil health, biodiversity, water and carbon and also take in consideration farm profitability. The roadmap will include the transition of the AAA farmers, after a baseline assessment and gap analysis, including organic and potentially a regenerative agriculture certification to accelerate the process. To motivate farmers, the idea is to work with the creation of a new set of different premiums and payment for ecosystem services, in addition to a long term strategy and future vision, segmented taken in consideration a global and local approach in the relevant areas.
In the AAA program, farmers benefit from the sustainable quality premiums on top of the coffee prices, plus a direct technical assistance from agronomists that help and support in the implementation of the new package of practices. So, for regenerative agriculture we will profit from this structure and also create new tools, as for instance a regenerative agriculture guide and assessment tool and create new partnerships for projects as demo-farms that will start new areas from scratch and create business cases for the scale up the adoption of the new practices in each farm. We also will include organic production and organic practices in the framework.”
Chrystel Monthean, Board Member, AGORO, EVP Americas, YARA, COLOMBIA
“We can transform farming into an essential resource for reversing the effects of climate change, but this requires creating a financial incentive for farmers. Currently, farmers have few (financial) incentives to adopt more sustainable practices. If we now establish systems so that protecting environment, reducing emissions, capturing CO2 becomes an alternative source of revenues, then farmers will adopt change and the potential impact is huge in this part of the world.”
Christian Pereira, Marketing Director, MOSAIC, BRAZIL
“To facilitate further market penetration we need strong and consistent results with clear benefits to soil health and value for the growers are keys for a sustainable use of biologicals. A full integration of all spheres of knowledge, from soil chemistry, conservation and microbiology to crop nutrition, will promote broader and better platforms for new biological technologies.”
Adriano Vilas-Boas, CEO, AGBITECH, BRAZIL
“To facilitate further market penetration, we need products that have clear and tangible benefits, are well positioned within the farming systems, and have strong field support and knowledge.
We also need a clear understanding of how biological tools can be integrated into existing farming systems at scale as well as how they can be evolved to produce synergies with other technologies such as digital and chemical inputs.
Only through a rigid and well-funded process of discovery, research, development and deployment can the sector ensure that stable and affordable products are delivered. It will require well-planned and executed initiatives from the industry and growers to make biologicals a tool for mainstream use, but it’s possible. We are closer to the tipping point than we probably believe.”
Nico Reinoso, Vice President, South America, IN10T, ARGENTINA
“We know how difficult it is for new technologies to successfully enter the market. We partner with ag businesses and farmers to make this process easier, working together to understand product performance and how it fits into the day-by-day reality of the farmer’s production systems and adoption process.”
Join Chrystel Monthean at Yara on the panel ‘Catalyzing Financial and Environmental Sustainability across the Agri-Food Value Chain’ at 11.55am BRT
In TRACK 2: Climate-Smart Production on June 29, Guilherme Amado at Nespresso will share his insights on the Fireside Chat ‘Soil Health and Achieving Carbon Neutrality’ at 1.30 BRT. Christian Pereira at Mosaic and Adriano Vilas-Boas at AgBiTech will be speaking on the panel ‘Biological Solutions: Transitioning Towards Resource-Smart Agriculture‘ at 1.45 BRT, and Nico Reinoso at IN10T will speak on the panel ‘Ecosystem Building: New Collaboration Models for On-Farm Innovation’ at 2.30pm BRT.