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Join us at the launch of ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab. Explore Risks and Challenges in Agriculture and participate in a roundtable discussion on "Rethinking Agri-Business Model"

11/22/2018
When: Thursday, November 22, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: WeLearn
518/5 Maneeya Center, 2nd floor, Lumphini, Pumpini
Bangkok, near BTS Chit Lom  10330
Thailand
Contact: Sarita Worravitudomsuk
+66 91 009 1590


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ANDE ESEA Learning Lab - Sustainable Agriculture

Thursday, November 22nd | 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

WeLearn | Bangkok, Thailand

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is launching the first regional Learning Lab on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss challenges and best practices in Agriculture Small and Growing Business (SGB) in East and Southeast Asia. This initiative aims to bring together stakeholders - ANDE members and key players in the agriculture ecosystem - to discuss key global and regional challenges ranging from Agri-Business Model, Sustainable Finance Innovation, Role of women as sustainable consumer and investor, AgTech and roles of technology in tackling climate change, energy access, and food security in the region.

This session will explore synergies between sustainability certifications and value creation that makes a commercially compelling business case to adopt more ambitious sustainability standards and agricultural practices. Concrete examples and recent developments in Southeast Asia and perspectives from leading certification standard, businesses and investors will be shared and discussed.

Event Venue: WeLearn 2nd Floor, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10300, Thailand (near BTS Chit Lom Station)

Agenda

8:30 AM - Arrivals and Registration

9:00 AM - Introduction and Energizer

Facilitated by Courtney Savie Lawrence

9:15 AM - Introduction to ANDE East & Southeast Asia Learning Lab Launch

Fai Wechayachai | Regional Chapter Manager | ANDE East & Southeast Asia

Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab Co-Leaders

William Spark | Project Director | Winrock, USAID Feed the Future

Feed the future is working to solve global hunger through partnership and innovation. Feed the future brings together partners from across sectors and the U.S. Government to use each of there unique skills and insight in a targeted, coordinated way to help countries that are ripe for transformation change the way their food systems work.

Christy Owen | Chief of Party | PACT, USAID Green Invest Asia

USAID Green Invest Asia is a catalyst to change “business as usual” to increase the scale of sustainable financing for agricultural and foresty commodities across Southeast Asia. The organization envisions a more robust finance ecosystem that supports sustainable land use practices and responsible investing, which is the key to securing a healthy and prosperous future.

Herve Thieblemont | Regional Seed Business Development Lead | Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable agriculture is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on supporting the productivity of small-scale farmers in developing countries around the world. The mission is to create value for resource-poor small farmers in developing countries through innovation in sustainable agriculture and the activation of value chains.

9:25 AM - Agenda overview and co-creating shared an understanding of sustainable agriculture and collaboration

9:40 AM - ‘Setting the Scene’ Why we are tackling sustainable agriculture? Trends and Trajectories: Sustainable Agriculture Certification and Business Models

Natcha Tulyasuwan | Deputy Chief of Party | PACT, USAID Green Invest Asia

9:50 AM - Fireside Chat’ Moderated Panel + Spotlight Storytelling

Moderated panel discussion to offer context and latest developments, opportunities, and challenges facing the sector, especially in terms of access to finance, talent, and market.

Mark McDonagh | Asia-Pacific Investment Manager | Kiva

Kiva is a nonprofit focused on expanding financial access for underserved people around the world. Since 2005, Kiva's global community of 1.7 million lenders has crowdfunded more than $1.2 billion in micro-loans to 3 million borrowers in more than 80 countries. On Kiva's lending platform, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school and realize their potential. Kiva also works to address the systemic issues that keep communities from accessing the financial services they need.

Clint Coo | Business Development Manager | Jasberry Co., Ltd.

Jasberry Co., Ltd. is a Thai social enterprise that alleviates poverty among small-scale farmers. Jasberry partners with over 2,500 Thai rice farmers to grow organic Jasberry® rice, a nutritious variety of non-GMO purple rice. 

Rachel Zedeck | Director of Climate Smart Agriculture and Impact Investment Strategies | Control Union World Group

With its foundation in agriculture, Control Union Certifications has focused its effort in developing services around the sustainability of the industry’s supply chains which feed into the food, feed, forestry, biomass, bioenergy, social compliance, and textiles markets.

Wouter De Smet | Green coffee farmer connect manager AOA | Nestlé

In his current role with Nestlé, Wouter leads the coordination for the Nescafé Plan project, a Global coffee sustainability program, covering Asia, Oceania and Africa. Prior to this position, he worked for Nestlé China for 9 years as a Coffee Agricultural Service Manager in Pu’er, Yunnan Province. 

10:25 AM - Break (Coffee and Refreshment will be served)

10:40 AM - Innovation Showcase

Bryan Hugill | Co-founder | Raitong Organics Farm Co., Ltd.

The first farm in Sisaket to achieve international organic certification and the first biodynamic rice farm in Thailand, Raitong Organics Farm produces a number of products for the domestic and export markets, including organic rice, natural ginger beer, kids' pasta and baby food, ethically-raised pork, various insect species for feed, and much more. We also collaborate annually with several international universities on a wide array of farming and environmental projects. 

10:50 AM - ‘Learning Lab’ Roundtable Breakout Groups

An interactive session for participants to understand the latest challenges and opportunities while empowering participants to engage in meaningful dialogue.

11:20 AM - Idea Networking

11:35 AM - Collective Recap and Group Reflection

11:50 AM - Action Planning

12:00 PM - Lunch and Networking (lunchbox & refreshment will be provided)

If you are interested in joining, sharing, and presenting on the future sustainable agriculture learning lab, please fill out Call for Interest form to be included in the learning lab mailing list

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fai


About Learning Lab Speakers

Mark McDonagh | Asia-Pacific Investment Manager | Kiva

As an Investment Manager, Mark is responsible for managing relationships with Kiva's network of Field Partners across Asia and the  Pacific, helping to connect lenders and borrowers through Kiva's online crowdfunding platform and expand access to capital for financially-marginalised populations. Prior to joining Kiva, Mark had been pursuing a banking career but he found himself increasingly drawn to the challenges posed by financial exclusion and the potential solutions offered by financial technology. Through Kiva's fellowship program, Mark volunteered in Armenia where he saw first hand how Kiva's model can be used to deliver financial services and facilitate economic empowerment. Now based in Thailand, he continues to be excited by emerging financial innovations that provide new possibilities to expand Kiva's mission. Mark holds a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of International Commerce & Italian.

Clint Coo | Business Development Manager | Jasberry Co., Ltd.

Clint Coo is a Business Development Manager with Jasberry Co., Ltd., a Thai social enterprise that alleviates poverty among small-scale farmers. Jasberry partners with over 2,500 Thai rice farmers to grow organic Jasberry® rice, a nutritious variety of non-GMO purple rice. By providing training and services to reduce planting costs and increase yields, and paying farmers up to 200% more than commodity rates, Jasberry enables farmers to escape poverty by earning 14 times more than average farmers.

Rachel Zedeck | Director of Climate Smart Agriculture and Impact Investment Strategies | Control Union World Group

Rachel Zedeck is an internationally recognized impact entrepreneur with 20 years of global experience and now based in Bangkok. She passionately advocates for the advancement of smallholder farmers, SME agribusiness, women and the environment. Her work has successfully commercialized responsible smallholder production models into economically, socially and environmentally responsible value chains supplying local, regional and export markets. Her long-term vision is to empower entrepreneurs, investors, consumers, government and non-profit organizations with unique knowledge to make critical decisions, leverage opportunities and minimize risk.

Wouter De Smet | Green coffee farmer connect manager AOA | Nestlé

 

In his current role with Nestlé, Wouter leads the coordination for the Nescafé Plan project, a Global coffee sustainability program, covering Asia, Oceania and Africa. Prior to this position, he worked for Nestlé China for 9 years as a Coffee Agricultural Service Manager in Pu’er, Yunnan Province. Also, he worked as an Advisor to TRIAS, a Belgian NGO, for 2 Farmers’ Associations working on coffee, vanilla, fruit and plantain in Kagera Region, Tanzania, as well as an SGS Auditor in the Dairy sector in Belgium. Wouter came in contact with the coffee sector (communities, cultivation, processing, quality, sustainability) at an early age and developed an interest that never faded. He has a Bachelor degree in agriculture and biotechnology, with a specialization in tropical agriculture.

Bryan Hugill | Co-founder | Raitong Organics Farm Co., Ltd.

Settling in Thailand in 2007, South African-born Bryan Hugill is international sales and marketing manager of Raitong Organics Farm, which he founded with his wife Lalana Srikram in 2012. The first farm in Sisaket to achieve international organic certification, Raitong also operates the largest home delivery scheme for organic fruits and vegetables in Bangkok. 


About the Learning Lab Facilitator: Courtney Savie Lawrence 

Courtney Savie Lawrence is an explorer and connector by nature who thrives by working with others to bring innovative sustainable development projects to life. In the past 15 years she has lived, worked and traveled across more than 70 countries in pursuit of positive social impact. Most recently she cofounded DSIL Global, a social innovation company. Courtney is Faculty at Thammasat University, School of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship. From 2006-2014 she served on the Executive Committee of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. Previous to cofounding a US social enterprise for sustainability entrepreneurs in 2011, she worked with Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area. She has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies


Special thanks to WeLearn for supporting the venue space for this event.