P51523 Sustainable Agriculture Summit Asia
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Sustainable Agriculture Summit Asia

4 – 6 December 2018
The Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Global initiatives and investment in sustainable agriculture have spiked. Be it producers, traders, large FMCG corporates, or Governments, institutional investors, and aid organisations’, all are playing a very active part for ensuring a sustainable industry.

Addressing policy, investment and partnerships alongside technical matters in financing, farming, water, management, climate change, soil management, etc, the conference will address issues common to all agricultural commodities. The regions pioneering event will be part of IBCs Soft Commodity Week, and will showcase challenges, solutions, case studies, and above all, investment and collaboration possibilities.

Discussion topics

  • Regional Government incentives and initiatives on sustainable agriculture
  • International aid agency projects, and future plans
  • Farmer livelihoods, credit and financial sustainability
  • Outgrower Management models
  • Climate Change
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • AgriChem and soil fertility improvement
  • Pest and disease control
  • Supply chain transparency and traceability, role of Block chain
  • ICT and digital tech in farms and supply chain
  • Certification, price risk management

About Soft Commodities Week

Hosted in Vietnam, and supported by top Industry bodies and Government agencies, the Soft Commodity Week will co locate 4 events:

Showcase your company!

Has your organization made a significant contribution to sustainable agriculture practices? Do you have a case study to share? Would you like to showcase a sustainable agriculture solution? Write to us with details and a request to speak.


8:00 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


9:10 am

  • Geopolitical tensions on trade tariffs, and the current state of play
  • Regional trade agreements, and will they save the day?
  • Trade impact across agricultural commodities, and what to expect

9:30 am

  • Recent currency movements
  • Market developments and Government policies likely to have an impact
  • Expectations from key currencies, including the Vietnamese Dong

9:50 am

  • Pressing priorities for sustainability, and what needs to be done
  • New technologies assisting in sustainable practices
  • Direct trade trends and forecast
  • Trends and investment in AgTech and digitalisation
  • The future of sustainable agribusiness and trade: enablers, market demands and vulnerabilities

More panelists to be confirmed

10:30 am

Morning Networking & Refreshment Break. Conference Break-out


11:00 am

  • Sustainable funds available in Asia
  • What the financiers are looking for in sustainability?
  • International aid agencies project and future plans

11:30 am

  • Farmers incentives and investment plans of VnSAT
  • Improving farming practices and value chains in Vietnam – initiatives, challenges, and progress in rice, coffee
  • Capacity development and strengthening for stakeholders in value chain on a large scale
  • Improving farmers’ productivity and links between businesses and cooperatives
  • Sustainable Landscape Program of IDH, the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), private sector and the World Bank under the Vietnam Sustainable Agriculture Transformation (VnSAT) plan

12:00 pm

  • Necessity of private sector to support government agencies to develop Thai agricultural sector
  • Land Consolidation & Large-Scale Farming is a key success of sustainable agriculture development
  • Sample of Sustainable Projects under Public-Private Collaborative Committee and its success
  • Case Study: Khok Nhong Nha the King Rama IX farm management project and the Sufficiency Economy in assisting smallholders

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch


1:30 pm

  • The natural rubber industry outlook and sustainability
  • Address on sustainable rubber sourcing and procurement
  • Sustainable programs from private sector perspectives
  • Sustainable business model for the natural rubber industry

2:00 pm

Sustainable Coffee Collaboration: Vietnam’s Central Highlands’ Coffee Sustainability Project – Traceability and Food Safety

Do Ngoc Sy, Asia Pacific Sustainability Manager, Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

2:30 pm

Managing Sustainability of 110,000 Hectares Palm Plantation: Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain and Certification

Purwantoro, Head, Sustainability, Conservation & HSE, REA Holdings, Indonesia

3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break


3:30 pm

Rice: Sustainable Rice Sourcing, Farming and Supply Chain Case Study

Saran Song, Chief Executive Officer, Amru Rice, Cambodia

4:00 pm

  • Cocoa production in Indonesia and sustainability outlook
  • Potencies and present challenges toward sustainability
  • Government policies to reach sustainable cocoa
  • Outgrowers management model for cocoa plantation
  • What are cocoa buyers seeking for sustainable sourcing and supply?

4:30 pm

  • Initiatives in Rikolto’s Food Smart City cluster
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Investment and farmers welfares
  • Sustainable supply chain and handling of commodities
  • Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) in Vietnam: collaboration across stakeholders for increased farmer income and consumer trust

5:00 pm

  • Public-private collaboration in the coffee sector for a holistic approach to agricultural supply chain issues – GAP training and compliance with sustainability programmes and certifications for farmers
  • Innovations in processing for sustainability and harmonization throughout supply chain

8:55 am

Morning coffee

9:00 am


  • Agriculture and farmers at the heart of sustainable development for businesses
  • Compliance and certification for smallholders: access and incentives
  • Famers welfare programmes and financial assurance programmes

9:30 am

  • Farmers as clients: analysing the economic benefits for farmers and your business combined, and how to structure your business and supply chain models the most effective and economically viable way
  • Generating positive financial returns at landscape level
    • How to analyse economic benefits for a landscape
    • How to mobilise different stakeholders and the market to drive sustainability and maximise the economic benefits for all stakeholders within a landscape

10:00 am

  • Speeding up the pace of financial investments aimed at creating more resilient, fair, profitable, and climate-friendly landscapes
  • Stronger investment case for sustainable landscapes and restoration
  • Challenges over combining efforts for lasting change
  • Key issues: accounting for natural capital, putting a price on carbon, and processes to secure land tenure rights
  • Investment Models & Sources of Finance Available to the Agricultural Community

10:40 am

Morning Networking & Refreshment Break


11:00 am

  • Measuring the impact of CSA in farms
  • Cross country market comparisons for opportunities available
  • Investment guides for commodities for climate resilience
  • Reducing carbon footprint and in supply chain

11:30 am

  • Soil, seed, and crop: technology in enabling sustainable intensification of farming and management of crop health
  • Use cases for digital farming and open innovation approaches, including:
    • Precision agriculture: Laser land leveling for sustainable crop production (e.g. rice)
    • Uber-like and optimized scheduling of combine harvesters for rice harvesting
    • New concept of Smart Rice Postharvest and Logistics Optimization
    • Optimized Rice Residue Management


12:00 pm

BlocRice Case Study: Linking Rice Farmers and Foreign Farmers via Blockchain and Smart Contract Technology

Cheth Phay, Program Coordinator, Oxfam, Cambodia

12:30 pm

  • Mapping out smallholders
  • New GPS-based technology to establish traceability for palm oil it sources from third-party mills in Indonesia

12:40 pm

  • Soil, seed, and crop: technology in enabling sustainable intensification of farming and management of crop health
  • Use cases for digital farming and open innovation approaches

For speaking opportunities, please contact Jonathan Kiang at Jonathan.Kiang@ibcasia.com.sg

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch


2:00 pm

  • Impact of climate change on Asia’s agricultural sector, with a focus on Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
  • Challenges and innovations in tackling soil erosion and loss of land

For speaking opportunities, please contact Jonathan Kiang at Jonathan.Kiang@ibcasia.com.sg

2:30 pm

  • Investigating pesticide contents in food
  • Key issues on MRL
  • Vietnam Case Study: Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) and Sustainable Agriculture
  • A wider Mekong Delta food production region’s water and AgriChem management


3:00 pm

For speaking opportunities, please contact Jonathan Kiang at Jonathan.Kiang@ibcasia.com.sg

3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break


4:00 pm

  • Reflecting on the lessons-learnt and business models for globally traded commodities (e.g. palm oil, forestry, coffee, cocoa, spices, aquaculture) in developing sustainable agriculture in Indonesia.
  • Sustainable business models that worked and did not for smallholders
  • Key challenges and opportunities to get to the scale of business and investment
  • Commodities sourcing strategies
  • Innovative business and investment/financing model that have been developed, tested and/or will be tested in Indonesia and in the surrounding region.

4:30 pm

  • Thriving cocoa communities as the essential foundation for sustainable cocoa
  • Empowering 200,000 cocoa farmers and improving lives
  • Supply chain and sustainability

5:00 pm

Close of Conference

9:00 am

This workshop will explore the applications of AgTech throughout the entire value chain. The session will outline current barriers and critical opportunities to improve conditions, mitigate risk, boost yield and reduce costs through:

  • Pioneering hardware including drones, robotics, IoT and sensors
  • Data analytics tools that enable diagnostics and predictive modelling
  • Platforms and applications that democratize information and draw real time info from all stakeholders
  • Chemical considerations – applying smart analytics to pesticides, fertilizers and crop selection

Delegates will walk away with the ability to:

  • Survey existing global and regional conditions and implement best practice processes
  • Match existing internal challenges with partners and partnership models
  • Analyse the cost benefit ratio of projects
  • Benchmark global case studies
  • Leverage the growing ecosystem to streamline the value and supply chain

1:00 pm

End of Workshop


Packages Price
2 Day Conference - International DelegateUS $1595US $1395Early BirdEarly Bird
Extras Price
Pre Conference Workshop - International Delegate US $400

Early Bird Rate: Register & Pay by 4 November 2018

Register 2 Delegates and get 1 FREE PASS
Register 3 Delegates and get 2 FREE PASS
(Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day main conference package only)

For Group Registrations of more than 3 team members,
email info@ibcasia.com.sg or call +65 6508 2477

  • Multiple Bookings Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 3 or more delegates from the same organisation registering for the same event, at the same time.
  • Fee stated is the discounted price PER DELEGATE. Only one discount applies; either the early bird rate OR group rate.
  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • All delegates from Singapore-based companies are required to pay an additional 7% GST (SINGAPORE EVENTS ONLY)

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Ahadu Woubshet

Founder and General Manager Moyee Coffee, Ethiopia

Representative from UN Food & Argiculture Organisation (FAO), Vietnam

Binh Thang Cao

Senior Agricultural Specialist, The World Bank, Vietnam and Team Leader, Viet Nam Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project (VnSAT)

Worrawat Sriyook

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Mitr Phol Group, Thailand

Kavickumar Muruganathan

Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, Halcyon Agri Corporation, Singapore

Do Ngoc Sy

Asia Pacific Sustainability Manager, Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)


Head, Sustainability, Conservation & HSE, REA Holdings, Indonesia

Saran Song

Chief Executive Officer, Amru Rice, Cambodia

Soetanto Abdoellah

Chairman, Indonesian Cocoa Board, Indonesia

Thai Thi Minh

Regional Director, Rikolto, Vietnam

Stefanie van der Kaaij

Sustainability Advisor, Nedcoffee, Sucden Group, the Netherlands

Denys Collin Munang

Director, Sustainability and Investor Relations, Eagle High Plantations, Indonesia

Joost Gorter

Senior Sustainability Consultant, NewForesight, the Netherlands

Sanjay Sethi

Director, Sustainability, Phoenix Group, UAE

Gerald Abwerzger

CEO, Von Alm, Singapore

Dr Dindo Campilan

Regional Director Asia, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Vietnam

Nguyen Van Hung

Postharvest and Mechanisation Cluster, Sustainable Impact Platform, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam

Cheth Phay

Program Coordinator, Oxfam, Cambodia

Agus Purnomo

Managing Director, Sustainability & Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, Golden Agri-Resources, Indonesia

Fitrian Ardiansyah

Chairman, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Indonesia

Andi Sitti Asmayanti

South East Asia Cocoa Development Manager, Mondelez International, Indonesia

Phuong Anh Nguyen

Senior Commercial Officer, Department for International Trade – British Consulate General

when & where

04 - 06 Dec 2018

The Reverie Saigon
22 – 36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard
& 57-69F Dong Khoi Street
Ho Chi Minh City | District 1
T:+84 28 3823 6688 F:+84 28 3822 3355


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Sponsorship Opportunities
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+65 6508 2471

Speaking Opportunities
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+65-6508 2443 

Media & Association Partnership Opportunities
Tham Ruohyi
+65 6508 2463



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