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The Role of Grains and Oil Seeds in Sustainable Food Systems – The Western Hemisphere’s Perspective Towards to the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit

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Aiming at spreading updated knowledge and proven concepts on the role of grains and oil seeds in sustainable food system, the Webinar will promote the Western Hemisphere’s perspective on sustainable production practices in preparation to the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). In addition to the presentations from internationally renowned experts, discussions facilitated by industry leaders will foster audience interaction.

The webinar content will be published by IICA as a subsidy for technical and policy discussions that would shape IICA Members’ and industry positioning towards the UNFSS.

Trilingual simultaneous interpretation will be available (Spanish, English and Portuguese).


  • To share current scientific knowledge and expert perspectives on the important role of grains and oils seeds in a sustainable food system.
  • To explore opportunities and challenges for the future.

Target Audience: government authorities, industry representatives, farmers, academia and members of civil society from IICA Member Countries.


Date - Time Activity Speakers
9:00-9:15 a.m. (Costa Rica Time) Welcome and Opening Remarks Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA; Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); and Fernando Schwanke, Secretary for Family Agriculture and Coops, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) Brazil.
9:15–9:35 a.m. Taking Pride in Feeding the World: A look at How the Western Hemisphere Contributes to Global Food Security Jim Sutter, U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC); and Marcelo Regúnaga of the GPS, and Former Secretary of Agriculture, Argentina.
9:35–9:55 a.m. Nutrition and Health Benefits of Grains and Oil Seeds Gordon Bacon, Global Pulse Confederation.
9:55-10:15 a.m. Reconnecting Modern Consumers with Farming: How to Increase Understanding Between Farmers, their Customers, and their Critics Sergio Bortolozzo, GPS-MAIZALL–Brazil.
10:15-10:35 a.m. Grain and Oils Seeds Production and Sustainability Issues Chip Councell, U.S. Grains Council.
10:35–10:40 a.m. Q&A Lloyd Day, Deputy Director General of IICA.
10:40–11:00 a.m. Grains and Oil Seeds Farming and Deforestation: Responsible Practices and Reasonable Metrics to Enhance Understanding Rob Coviello, Chief Sustainability Officer – Bunge.
11:00–11:20 a.m. Designing and Implementing an Approach that Transcends Sectors and National Boundaries Gustavo Idigoras, President of CIARA-CEC, Argentina.
11:20–11:40 a.m. Grains and Oils Seeds’ Role in Socio-Economic Development Wellington Andrade, APROSOJA, Brazil.
11:40–12:00 m. The Role of Grains and Oil Seeds in Rural Development and Attaining SDG 8, “Decent Work and Economic Growth Michael Carroll, GPS and María Noel Sanguinetti, Manager of Asociación de Cultivadores de Arroz, Uruguay.
12:00 m.–12:05 p.m. Q&A Lloyd Day, Deputy Director General of IICA.
12:05-12:25 p.m. Sustainability and Innovation: The Essential Link Between Profitability and Sustainability in the Western Hemisphere Michael Dover, President of AACREA, Argentina.
12:25–12:55 p.m. International Trade and the Food Systems Gary Martin, NAEGA, USA and Marcos Jank, INSPER, Brazil.
12:55–1:00 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks María Giraudo, Former President of AAPRESID, Argentina.

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