Representatives from companies, financial institutions, the government and civil society discussed solutions to increase food production while reducing negative impacts on the environment at the 2014 Katoomba XIX Conference in Iguazu Falls, Brazil, on March 19-20. The event, organized by the North American NGO Forest Trends and themed “Scaling Up Sustainable Commodity Supply Chains,” was primarily focused on meat and soybean production.
Daniela Mariuzzo, Monsanto corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager in Brazil, attended as one of the roundtable delegates on the innovations in agribusiness. She presented the Golden Delta program—an initiative developed in partnership with Rabobank Brazil. Supported by an innovative financing mechanism, the program aims to benefit and empower rural landowners who develop good social-environmental practices by reducing risks and being a positive example to other farmers.
“The participants of Katoomba are interested in building an international network, which will guarantee the development of good agricultural practices, as well as commercial, social and environmental practices,” said Mariuzzo. “By presenting Golden Delta, we reinforce the fact that Monsanto is aligned with this movement, offering its expertise in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.”