The food system is estimated to cause up to 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change and is the leading cause of the continuing conversion of the world’s tropical forests, grasslands, wetlands and other remaining natural habitats. All IPCC pathways that limit warming to 1.5°C or well below 2°C require significant land-based mitigation, including ending deforestation and land conversion – thus decarbonising the land use sector is essential. To achieve this, collective action across value chain actors from the bottom-up is essential.

This session will offer a solutions-oriented discussion on how critical value chain players – such as farmers, financers, traders, input providers and other key value chain actors – can work together to unlock pain points in the food and land sector transformation and facilitate a just transition.


  • Elizabeth Petykowski, Food and Land Use Coalition (Moderator)
  • Abraham Baffoe, Group and Africa Regional Director, Proforest and African Palm Oil Initiative
  • Mauricio Bauer, Corporate Sustainability Director, JBS
  • Carolina da Costa, PhD, Fund Advisor at Maua Capital & ESG Committee Member at Grupo Boticario (Brazil)
  • Dr. VK Kishore, Global Head of Veg Seeds Smallholders & Sustainability, Bayer
  • Jeff Milder, Director, Global Policy & Coalitions, Rainforest Alliance


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