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Agenda Overview

Latin America Forum: Monday, March 9, 2020

10:00AM Latin America Forum

For the draft agenda please visit Latin America Forum 

5:00PM Networking Drinks Reception

The drinks reception is held in the Exhibition Area 

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
Jeffrey McPike, Manager, Global Marketing, McDonald Pelz
Sanjay Sethi, Director Sustainability, Phoenix
Juan Ignacio Brom, Grain Trader, Cofco International Singapore Pte Ltd
Wladimir Blanckaert, Head of Grains - Asia, Louis Dreyfus Company
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
Ps Nathan, Director, Apoorva Agrico Pvt Ltd
Kunal Kundaje, Head Of Global Wheat & Asia Corn Trading, Olam International Limited
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
6:15PM Sponsored drinks reception

Come and relax with your colleagues and friends outside of the conference environment!

Location: Smoke & Mirrors bar, 1 St Andrew's Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 178957

Drinks reception sponsored by McDonald Pelz

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

J Y Chow, Senior VP, Food & Agri Sector Coverage Asia Pacific, Mizuho Bank
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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