For an overview of where USAID Green Invest Asia has been recently, or will soon be, see below events we have organized, hosted or contributed our expertise, as well as upcoming events. To learn more about collaboration opportunities, please contact us at [email protected]
Cambodia Climate Change Summit 2021 (CCCS21)
This one-day summit by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment convenes experts, practitioners, civil society and business to showcase Cambodia’s efforts toward sustainability and mitigating the impacts of climate change to advance the country towards a carbon-neutral future. CCCS21 will provide policymakers, leaders in environmental solutions and industry partners with a state of the art overview of current strategies and practices for tackling impacts of climate change in Cambodia and the Mekong Region, as well as laying out a vision for solutions to some of Cambodia’s, and the region’s, most pressing environmental issues. USAID Green Invest Asia is running two sessions, “Role of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance lending criteria) to lower carbon impacts” and “Bringing Climate Finance to Cambodia”.
Register here, or contact our organizing partner at [email protected]
Sustainable Coconut Roundtable
The first event to be held following the November 2020 launch of the Sustainable Coconut Charter, signatories and stakeholders across the coconut value chain reconvene to continue developing a common, consistent approach to deliver impact at scale, share best practices for sustainable coconut production, and review a proposed governance structure.
Register here, or contact [email protected] for more information.
Sustainable Coffee Dialogues ( Inaugural webinar )
USAID Green Invest Asia and Global Coffee Platform co-host this global on-line series, with a focus on industry leaders in Vietnam and Indonesia, to accelerate climate-friendly coffee production. Objectives include:
- Share and exchange ideas, innovations, and best practices in low-carbon coffee production with an aim to accelerate uptake among coffee suppliers and farmers;
- Gain new understanding of carbon emissions from on-farm coffee production and opportunities to reduce emissions and enhance carbon sequestration/storage on the landscape;
- Provide a forum for pre-competitive collaboration and industry level dialogue; and
- Create policy recommendations and collective proposal on carbon neutrality in the coffee sector.
No upcoming events.
Innovations for Impact: Regenerative agriculture in Southeast Asia webinar
May 19, 2021
Convened by USAID Green Invest Asia and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), agribusiness and finance experts reflected on common constraints as well as potential solutions for investing in and scaling regenerative agriculture (farming practices that reverse climate trends and improve the ecosystem). The event featured panel discussions to explore – and prioritize — opportunities for regenerative farm operations, and impact-oriented investment opportunities that deliver financial returns. The event introduced IRIS+, a system for measuring, managing, and optimizing impact for regenerative agriculture by GIIN. Event recording, agenda and presentation available here.
“Commodity-driven forest loss: A study of Southeast Asia” webinar
March 31, 2021
USAID Green Invest Asia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service convened a webinar to discuss the business implications of the “Commodity-Driven Forest Loss: A Study of Southeast Asia” study. The event drew more than 100 participants from business, investment, civil society and government seeking to mitigate risk and capitalize on the study’s findings. An expert scientific panel presented recommendations to promote sustainable economic development and carbon storage in landscapes, while agribusiness and investment leaders shared challenges and opportunities to act on the study’s findings. The event recording is available here, and presentation can be downloaded here.
Fintech, smallholders and sustainability in Southeast Asia webinar
February 24, 2021
Financial technology, or fintech, reduces the risk and cost of lending to smallholder farmers and can incentivize them to adopt sustainable agriculture, according to new research commissioned by USAID Green Invest Asia from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which was presented in this roundtable with fintech representatives covering Southeast Asia. Research available here.
Launch of Sustainable Coconut Charter
November 16, 2020
In support of the Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable, USAID Green Invest Asia, Barry Callebaut and Grow Asia convened a virtual signing event to launch the Sustainable Coconut Charter. The event featured the charter’s founding signatories plus panel discussions on potential impacts of coconut production on deforestation and biodiversity conservation, as well as a pre-competitive initiative among six multinational corporations and GIZ to drive coconut sustainability in the region through the charter. To request to become a signatory, visit sustainablecoconutcharter.com (where you will find a recording and write-up of the launch) or write [email protected].
Climate Change Impacts and Opportunities in Cambodia
October 20, 2020
USAID Green Invest Asia and the Association of Banks in Cambodia convened more than 60 senior representatives from Cambodian banks on October 20 to examine climate risks and opportunities for the lending community. More here.
Sustainability for Business Forum 2020: Innovative business solutions for a green recovery
October 8, 2020
USAID Green Invest was a strategic partner for this 4th annual forum on business sustainability forum in Asia organized by the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, and the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce. The event featured three tracks: smart cities, sustainable fashion and food for the future, which included Harmless Harvest and Nestle discussing their sustainable sourcing strategies. For more information on the event, write-up here.
AMCHAM Thailand Membership Meeting: Innovation Solutions in Agriculture
September 23, 2020
USAID Green Invest Asia presented at this chamber’s annual meeting how it catalyzes investment and innovation in sustainable land use in Thailand and throughout the region.
Climate-smart agriculture investment opportunities in Southeast Asia (webinar)
September 16, 2020
Almost 90 participants from industry, impact investment and NGO sectors joined a joint webinar co-hosted by USAID Green Invest Asia and Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) on September 16. The two organizations issued a joint call for proposals from climate-smart agriculture, forestry and other land use projects seeking capital-raising support. The CEO/investor panel featured two sustainable agricultural investment opportunities, IBIS Rice in Cambodia and Lionheart Agrotech in the Philippines that USAID Green Invest Asia is supporting with capital matchmaking and investment-readiness services. USAID Green Invest Asia’s senior advisor, John McGinley, provided investor perspective on the state of agriculture lending and private equity investment. Event materials are forthcoming.
Clean energy and climate investments in Southeast Asia
August 5, 2020
We have partnered with the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), which provides coaching support to developers of climate-resilient and clean energy projects, to reach prospective investors, businesses and project developers who share an interest in sustainable land use, which includes agriculture and forestry. This webinar provided an overview of sector-specific opportunities.
Webinar: Perspectives on financing smallholder rubber
July 30, 2020
More than 80 business leaders in banking, agribusiness, investors from the public and private sectors and other rubber supply chain actors joined us for a web launch of findings from a study on smallholders’ access to finance for rubber tree replanting in Indonesia. Please find the study and a summary of it here: https://greeninvestasia.
A recording of the event can be downloaded here
Gender-lens investing workshop with Association of Banks in Cambodia
July 15, 2020
While near 80 percent of microfinance borrowers in Cambodia are women, they make up only 15 percent of bank borrowers. The estimated unmet credit demand for women nationwide is a little over $1 billion. To help close that gap and make local banks more “bankable” to international banks that value sustainable finance practices, USAID Green Invest Asia presented a training webinar to more than 50 members of the Association of Banks in Cambodia on the business case for gender-lens investing, announcing a tailored toolkit it has designed to integrate gender criteria into investments. For more information, read here.
EIU intercropping study launch
July 9, 2020
Commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia project, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) studied the current models and potential for scaling up intercropping in Asia, and what the private sector and investors can do to realize full economic and environmental benefits. Findings were launched with industry leaders on July 9, 2020 via webinar.
2nd Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable
June 30, 2020
Following the success of the 1st Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable, and Coconut Conversation held in 2019, Barry Callebaut and USAID Green Invest Asia co-organized the 2nd Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable. This webinar convened coconut product buyers, processors, research institutes, sustainability experts as well as financiers. Key objectives were to exchange updates on sustainability initiatives, and advance collaboration on sustainable coconut supply chains, including developing the Sustainable Coconut Charter. For more information, please see this write-up.
Webinar: Carbon Footprint Accounting for Banks Co-hosted by Association of Banks in Cambodia
May 13, 2020
USAID Green Invest Asia project facilitated more than 30 Cambodian banks’ carbon accounting efforts as part of a partnership with the Association of Banks in Cambodia. In a May 13 webinar, USAID Green Invest Asia convened consulting firm, South Pole, and Rabo Foundation to share processes and profit incentives for banks to report on carbon emissions. For more information, read here.
Webinar: Responsible Agriculture Investment Hosted by Grow Asia and OECD
April 29, 2020
We presented along with other panelists on the role of the financial sector driving responsible agricultural supply chains in Southeast Asia; how agribusinesses can attract investment through responsible actions, and; how responsible business guidelines may help guide investment in agricultural supply chains. Resources shared during the webinar are available for download here.
Trade event: Business opportunities in agriculture, Phnom Penh
February 6-7, 2020
A two-day agriculture trade event earlier this month in Phnom Penh organized by U.S. government agencies convened more than 250 agriculture producers, investors and buyers―including a delegation of some 20 U.S. companies―for high-level government meetings and industry briefings on climate-smart production, sustainable sourcing, finance, digital innovation and more. Read more here.
Asia Financial Institutions Forum (AFIForum), Bangkok
January 22-23, 2020
We co-organized the second annual Asia Financial Institutions’ Forum on impact investing in Bangkok on January 22-23, moderating sessions on blended finance and “green”, or sustainable, banking that examined how Asia’s financial markets can bolster Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments. The event convened more than 600 investors and companies seeking sustainable finance, which rewards companies and initiatives with strong ESG performance with preferential financial products. For more information, read here.
Coconut conversations: Sustainability in action, Bangkok
November 7, 2019
The half-day coconut networking event organized with Barry Callebaut in Bangkok on November 7 th , and evening reception co-hosted with PepsiCo, convened coconut industry leaders to advance pre-competitive collaboration on sustainable coconut supply chains and continue discussions about a sustainable coconut “charter” at a time when global demand outstrips current supply.
Download a copy of the event outcome report here
Asiainvestors Thailand Investment Forum, Bangkok
October 10, 2019
USAID Green Invest Asia joined a sustainable finance panel that examined ways to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance criteria into investment strategies, with a focus on land use investments.
Regional sustainable coffee forum, Manila
August 29, 2019
Representatives of coffee businesses and financial institutions from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam addressed cutting-edge coffee concerns including the rise of “premium” high-quality coffee, buyers’ perspectives on sustainable sourcing, and investors’ challenges and successes financing coffee at this networking/capital matchmaking forum we organized with the Philippine Coffee Board and International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA).
Blended finance in the Philippines, Manila
July 1, 2019
The Association of Development Finance Institutions in Asia (ADFIAP), USAID Green Invest Asia, and Convergence, in cooperation with Land Bank of the Philippines, held a conference on blended finance that highlighted the approaches and experiences of employing blended finance to emerging and frontier markets to scale up financing of investments required to meet the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network annual conference, Singapore
June 26, 2019
In collaboration with USAID RISE and Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), we organized and moderated a session on “Using Patient Capital to Support Impact Investment” that explored the main features of patient capital, case studies of how it is deployed challenges for impact investors, entrepreneurs and scale-up potential.
Responsible Business Forum, Bangkok
March 26-27, 2019
We co-sponsored the 6 th annual Responsible Business Forum on food and agriculture, moderating a session on innovative finance in agriculture and leading a panel on women in agriculture that presented findings from our study on women and sustainable consumption.
Cambodia Women’s Entrepreneur Association training, Phnom Penh
March 19-20, 2019
The Center for Private International Private Enterprise invited USAID Green Invest Asia to lead a session on communications and speed networking, addressing unique challenges businesswomen face, for a training for some 20 female entrepreneurs with the Cambodia Women’s Entrepreneur Association.
Sustainable coconut and coconut oil roundtable, Kuala Lumpur
March 7, 2019
To address coconut production challenges, USAID Green Invest Asia and Barry Callebaut co-organized in Kuala Lumpur an inaugural Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable, where industry leaders agreed on broad areas of improvement for the coconut industry, and agreed to pre-competitive collaboration to work toward improving the coconut supply chain through developing a sustainable coconut charter.
Vietnam agriculture and forestry training, Hanoi
February 25, 2019
We supported a training co-hosted by U.S. Forestry Service, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Servir Mekong for Vietnamese agriculture and forestry officials on the use of satellite imagery to identify land-use change patterns, presenting our assessment of carbon measurement tools.
Asia Financial Institutions Forum, Bangkok
January 23-24, 2019
In addition to co-organizing and co-sponsoring the inaugural Asia Financial Institutions Forum, USAID Green Invest Asia moderated the open plenary session forecasting sustainable finance trends, a session on green finance, and organized a panel on sustainable banking in Thailand.
Private-sector sustainable rubber dialogue, Ho Chi Minh City
December 4, 2018
More than 50 company representatives attended the half-day event, which featured executives from Vietnam’s top umbrella group of producers, Vietnam Rubber Group; two certification bodies; IKEA and; Halcyon, a founding member of a global sustainable rubber platform to address challenges of sustainable rubber production in Vietnam.
Vietnam Export Forum 2018, Ho Chi Minh City
November 28, 2018
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited USAID Green Invest Asia’s Chief of Party, Christy Owen, to share with its members about “Connecting sustainable agriculture and forestry businesses with global value chains and finance”.
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Sustainable Agriculture Lab, Bangkok
November 22, 2018
USAID Green Invest Asia organized ANDE’s inaugural learning lab in Southeast Asia on sustainable agriculture, which brainstormed ways the agricultural eco-system can sustainably feed a growing world with shrinking natural resources.
Responsible Business Forum, “Shaping the world in 2030: Partnerships for SDG action” Singapore
October 11-12, 2018
USAID Green Invest Asia’s moderated a session on “Innovative Financing and the SDGs” to explore different ways to mobilize and deploy capital, at scale, to finance the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Responsible Business Forum, “Scaling collaboration to deliver the SDGs”, Jakarta
March 27-28, 2018
USAID Green Invest Asia moderated a panel with financiers on scaling private investment in sustainable land use in this fifth edition of the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, attended by more than 400 decision-makers from businesses, governments, investors, and NGOs who discussed case studies of successful collaborations.