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Agenda Overview

Latin America Forum: Monday, March 9, 2020

10:00AM Latin America Forum

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For the draft agenda please visit Latin America Forum 

Day 1: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

8:00AM Registration and Exhibition Opens
9:50AM Welcome Address
10:00AM Market Outlook, Shifting Consumption Patterns and International Trade Barriers

•    The 2019 harvests: southern v northern hemisphere
•    Seeking stability over the regional demand drivers 
•    How the trading houses are responding to market challenges
•    Regional markets overview
•    Trade wars: implication for grain trading
•    Measuring the repercussion of the Chinese economic slowdown on grain consumption
•    Is currency fluctuation a determinant of grain trading origination?

Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific, Rabobank
10:30AM Networking Coffee & Tea Break
11:00AM Charting Changes - Trading Houses' Strategies to Adapt to Market Disruption

•    The new normal: new markets, new trade lanes and new procurement patterns
•    Strategies to manage risks and maximise returns 
•    Achieving competitive advantage through repositioning in high-value market segments 
•    Considerations on reputational and ESG risks trading houses are exposed to

Moderator: Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific, Rabobank
Wladimir Blanckaert, Head of Grains - Asia, Louis Dreyfus Company
Jeffrey McPike, Manager, Global Marketing, McDonald Pelz
Sanjay Sethi, Director Sustainability, Phoenix
Juan Ignacio Brom, Grain Trader, Cofco International Singapore Pte Ltd
12:00PM Overview of the Chinese Grain Market

•    Food security policies and their impact of the Chinese grain sector 
•    Forecasting the grain requirements for the ethanol industry
•    The impact of ASF on the Chinese feed sector

Qi Chiming, Analyst, National Grain & Oilseed Inforamtion Centre, Food & Strategic Reserves
12:30PM The Impact of Dietary Changes and Meat Substitution of Grain Trading

•    Overview of the Chinese grain market in view of the recent government policy changes
•    Chicken v pork and baguettes v noodles. How changes in Chinese diet can affect the grain industry
•    Update on the Chinese grain stockpiles and how to predict the country’s future imports  

Juhui Huang, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Greater China, BRF
1:00PM Networking Lunch
2:30PM Crop Quality and Their Market Potential

•    Overview of the origination markets: Northern America, Southern America, Australia and Black Sea
•    Redefining preferences: supply shortages and their alternatives 
•    Insights for food and feed buyers

2:50PM Milling around: sourcing grain to supply flour production
  • An overview of the South East Asian flour industry
  • Procurement strategies: grain quality, dietary trends and buying patterns
  • Supply chain traceability and sustainability to ensure food safety and security
Cornelia Soekamto, Supply Chain General Manager, PT Bungasari Flour Mills Indonesia
3:50PM Networking Coffee & Tea Break
4:15PM Weather Patterns and Their Impact on the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Crops

•    Update on El Nino and La Nina
•    Forecasts for the reminder of the Southern hemisphere growing season
•    Expectations and patterns for the new growing season in the Northern hemisphere

Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, Maxar
4:35PM Assessing Supply – Striking the Price-Quality Balance and Freight Implications

•    Indian Ocean destinations for Black Sea grain
•    Understanding markets and volumes for Canadian and US grain
•    Update on Latin America: record crops and currency advantages meet policy drawback
•    Australia’s quest for premium markets  

Sumit Gupta, Director, McDonald Pelz
Thomas Deevy, Risk Manager, Cerealcom Dolj
Juan Ignacio Brom, Grain Trader, Cofco International Singapore Pte Ltd

Day 2: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

8:00AM Registration and Exhibition Opens
9:00AM Welcome Address
9:15AM Enduring the impact of ASF: Short-Term Tactics or Long-Term Plans?

•    How African Swine Fever (ASF) is affecting the regional pork consumption
•    Forecasting the ASF impact on regional grain demand
•    Update on the recent WTO ruling on China’s TRQs and the broader GAFTA policy context

Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director Trade & Markets Division, Food & Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
9:45AM Overview of the Feed Industry: New Demand Patterns and Grain Consumption

•    The importance of animal feed as a soy consumption driver 
•    The hierarchy of animal protein: pork, chicken, fish and beef. What does it mean to grain traders?
•    Repositioning strategies to manage structural changes

Mark Torrens, Strategic Sourcing Director, Pet Nutrition Asia Pacific, Mars Petcare
10:45AM Networking Coffee & Tea Break
11:15AM Overview of the Plant-Based Protein Market

•    The latest scientific developments in products and technologies
•    Impact on cost of production & enticing growth in future consumption
•    Do plant based proteins conform to the current sustainability trends 
•    The potential impact on the soybean and cattle markets 

11:40AM Yields, Efficiency and Profitability: A Round Up on the Latest Agritech Developments

•    Conventional and new seeds technology 
•    Bioscience solutions to meet demand from a growing population
•    Identifying value-added segments for grain trading companies to exploit

12:40PM Networking Lunch & Close

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