Don’t miss the Grand Finale!

26 OCT 2021 09:00 A.M. CST (GMT-6:00)

The call for this challenge was aimed at innovations and startups with products, services and/or technologies that are contributing to fight the causes and impacts of climate change, thus creating more regenerative, sustainable and inclusive agrifood systems.


Day Agenda

Introduction and Opening


by Piedad Martin Deputy Regional Director,

Latin America and the Caribbean UN Environment Programme

Policy Assessment:
Presentation of main findings and conclusions on the Sustainable Agricultural Technology Challenge


by Ana Inés Navarro, Director of the Economics
Department at Universidad Austral, Argentina

Panel Discussion and Winners revealed

Grand Finale Panel Discussion

Policy and Innovation: 
How they drive forward Sustainable Agtech.


Ana Ricoy

FAO's Regional Disaster Risk Management Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

She leads the livelihood resilience and emergency response program. Previously Anna worked for the Climate Change office, and the Emergency and Rehabilitation office at FAO headquarters in Rome, with a global perspective. Anna is an agricultural engineer. She holds a Master in Economic and Social Sciences - comparative and rural agriculture and development - from AgroParisTech in Paris. Her expertise and area of interest focuses on the transformation of agriculture and
food systems towards more sustainable and resilient models, as well as the opportunities that can be derived from digital technologies for farmers, communities and ecosystems.


Adriana Zacarias

Head and Global Coordinator Go40SDGs

A graduate from Cambridge (UK), with a Masters in Environment and Development, and BSc on Political Science, from ITAM (Mexico). Adriana is an international expert on sustainable development, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production. She joined United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2003. Adriana is currently the Head and Global Coordinator of UNEP´s initiative “Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals (GO4SDGs). She supports policies, strategies and initiatives related to green economy, circular economy, innovation for SMES and sustainable lifestyles, among other themes. GO4SDGs accelerates regional solutions for inclusive green economies and circularity and works in 3 areas: policy coherence, SME innovation and Youth Empowerment. Before joining UNEP, Adriana worked at the OECD. Adriana has experience in environment policy development and negotiations at both national and international levels. She worked as policy adviser at the Mexican Low Chamber, and as Project Coordinator at the Mexican Ministry of Environment. Adriana has extensive experience with NGO, with an emphasis on youth and environment.


Camila Petignat

Partner at The Yield Lab Latam

Camila is a Bio-entrepreneur and business developer specialized in biotech ventures. Former Co founder of Neogram, an agri-biotech startup that genetically improved pastures to contribute to a more sustainable livestock production. Holds a MSc degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has mentored, gave lectures and collaborate with EmprendING and EmprendEX, the entrepreneurship courses at Buenos Aires University. She is a Sandbox community member of the BA Hub and had Co founded BiohackingBA Meet up.

The Policy Assessment

The Policy Assessment is the capstone of the Sustainable AgTech challenge. It will feature the 3-5 final selected startups, highlighting the food system problems addressed in the challenge and their related market and policy settings in the region. The deliverable is a white paper with the purpose of informing policymakers and key stakeholders in the region about gaps, barriers, limitations, and opportunities to develop innovative agtech solutions that help advance relevant Sustainable Development Goals and speed up climate action.

The policy assessment will allow the conclusions and findings of the Sustainable Agtech Challenge to guide and direct the assessment.  Moreover, the applications and the associated data submitted, in addition to more in-depth interviews and research will be the basis for the working theses and conclusions in the white paper deliverable schedule to be published in December 2021.

Be a part of this important assessment simply by applying to the Sustainable Agtech Challenge.


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