The agricultural sector is vital in feeding and nourishing the world, and provides livelihoods to millions of people. Industrial farming practices, however, can cause up to USD 3 trillion worth of environmental damage every year. Growing affluence in Asia will place a strain on existing food systems. Now, more than ever, it is time for agri-businesses in Asia to develop ESG practices that are climate and environment friendly and socially equitable, while developing its ability to feed billions of people in the region.
To successfully transform the agricultural sector to meet long-term human and environmental needs, diverse stakeholders must commit to adopting sustainable practices at different stages of their operations. These stakeholders must provide a wide continuum of capital and range from venture capital firms and banks that provide financial services to small and large agri-business companies.
In this webinar organized by AVPN, we take a deep dive with leading sustainability experts in the agricultural industry to discuss derisking and building resilience in the agricultural sector and value chains.
- Understand how Asian agri-businesses are incorporating sustainable frameworks into their operations
- Analyse the roles a wide range of stakeholders can play in helping agri-businesses build resilience and adopt sustainable practices
- Highlight the role agri-funders can play in advancing sustainable innovation in the sector
Executive Director and Head of Rural and Development Banking/Advisory,
Arindom Datta has been working for Rabobank for the last 15 years and has over 28 years of experience in Rural Finance, Cooperative, Microfinance and Agri-business banking. Arindom is responsible for the sustainability banking initiatives on knowledge, risk management and business development. He also oversees the Rabo Foundation projects in blended finance, technology/innovation and access to finance in the agriculture sector. Arindom is further passionate about following the Agtech developments and its significance for small holder farmers. He previously worked with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, IDBI Bank and CARE. Arindom is a Mathematics honors graduate from St. Stephen’s College and has an MBA with a specialization in Finance and Strategy from IIM Kozhikode. Arindom’s work is recognized and was honoured with the ‘India Sustainable Leadership’ award at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit in 2017.
AgFunder Asia, GROW Impact Accelerator
John is the Asia Director of AgFunder and GROW Accelerator – Southeast Asia’s leading agri-food tech accelerator on a mission to advance innovation and sustainability across the food system. Prior to joining AgFunder, John spent over a decade in investment banking and is an advocate for the role impact-focused capital can play in helping solve the world’s most pressing problems. In addition to serving on the AgFunder investment team, John is an angel investor in several agri-food tech ventures ranging from alternative proteins to consumer marketplace. Originally from Hawaii, John studied in the UK, and is a graduate of Cornell University. He now lives in Singapore with his wife and children. He is a Singaporean citizen.
Managing Director for Trading, Downstream and Sustainability,
PT. Triputra Agro Persada
Sutedjo Halim is currently the Managing Director for Trading, Downstream and Sustainability at PT. Triputra Agro Persada Group, the designation he has held since 2015. He has more than twenty eight years of experience with 25 years in Senior Management position as an Executive Director in various industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin and TFH Berlin. He is active in Indonesia’s Chambers of Commerce (KADIN), Partnership for Indonesia Sustainable Agriculture (PIS Agro), Indonesia Business Association (Apindo) as well as Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA).
Ivy Wong Abdullah
Lead of Environment Pillar,
Ivy Wong Abdullah is currently the Lead of Environment Pillar at Yayasan Hasanah, the Corporate Responsibility (CR) Foundation of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Ivy provides leadership and technical input on Hasanah’s Environment work programme, targeted at building connectivity of critical ecological sites in the Central Forest Spine in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in the state of Perak, working together with civil society in collaboration with the private and public sector. Ivy also serves on several technical committees in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KETSA) and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Prime Minister’s Department on Nature Conservation and Environment, including the Revision of the National Policy on Biological Diversity and the 12th Malaysia Plan Preparation.