WEC Executive Roundtable “Financing the Transition to Regenerative Agriculture: Sharing Risk with Producers”
The WEC Executive Roundtable “Financing the Transition to Regenerative Agriculture: Sharing Risk with Producers” is the third in a series on regenerative agriculture in collaboration with Syngenta.
No doubt that the current industrialized agricultural system is subject to change. The EU Green Deal and Farm-to- Fork strategy is setting a landmark while alternative practices beyond organic have also developed in the US and other parts of the world. Two WEC Executive Roundtables in 2021 explored how agricultural value chains can advance sustainable development and climate action. Regenerative agriculture practices that restore soil health, sequester carbon, and boost productivity and resilience were identified as a promising approach. A major barrier to achieving scale is that farmers bear most of the risk associated with changing practices.
This Roundtable series seeks to create a space for bottom-up conversations on what the Food & Agriculture sector explicitly needs to thrive. The aim of this 3rd event was to share innovative approaches to support farmers in the transition to regenerative agriculture. How can financing and technical assistance be deployed to share risk across the value chain? Can farmers benefit from voluntary carbon markets? What about other approaches that don’t rely on carbon credits?
The Roundtable brought together 45 senior sustainability, procurement, and government affairs executives from 15 countries – with 60% from large food companies and commodity traders, 38% from academia/NGO/agronomic service providers, and 2% farmers.
To read the full summary, key point details and additional information, click HERE.
View summary from the first event of the series HERE.
Note: WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.