Innovation in Agrifood Supply Chains: Finance, Profitability, and Sustainability

April 10 - April 11, 2019

Energy Biosciences Building Berkeley, California

Two-day Workshop
The global food sector is one of the most significant and dynamic industries in the world. It must innovate to improve food quality, quantity, and affordability in order to address the challenges of climate change, population growth, and sustainability in an evolving global environment. Improvements in infotech and biotech provide new opportunities to improve the sustainability and profitability of the food sector. The introduction of these, and other innovations, requires a redesign of supply chains and associated institutions. One of the most important challenges is access to sufficient financial and technological resources to allow investment in these technologies and to modernize the food sector around the world.

UC Berkeley, in collaboration with Solidaridad North America, has designed a comprehensive two-day workshop to provide the tools for upcoming leaders of the agrifood sector to address the challenges of the future. This year, we will emphasize the combination of finance and technology to enhance profitability and sustainability, broadly defined. This is a collaborative workshop, where participants, practitioners and leaders of the agrifood sector, will interact with leading thinkers and specialists from the private sector, civil society, and government. In previous years, speakers have included executives from MARS, Bungee, Rabobank, Costco, and Bank of America, as well as other innovators and trailblazers from California and around the world (see 1, 2, and 3). This year’s agenda will enhance this tradition. 

View the Program Agenda here.


Your Takeaways
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the economic, social, and environmental aspects of agrifood supply chains and related challenges 
  • Learn about the tools and processes being used to address these challenges
  • Expand your network of professionals in the sector
  • Obtain a certificate of completion from UC Berkeley

2018 Participant Testimonials

"Diverse aspects of agro-business innovation were covered with voices from different sectors."

-Business Sector Participant

"I look forward to participating in next year’s program—hopefully with one of my clients. Thanks for a wonderful program and all your support."

-Attorney and Academic

“I most enjoyed the quality of the speakers, and the variety of perspectives presented at the workshop.”

-Business and Academic Sectors Participant

"I love the energy of this workshop!”

-Business Sector Participant

What's Included:
Instruction, instruction materials, meals, refreshments, and a networking reception.

For a list of lodging options in Berkeley, please visit the Accommodations page.
Who should attend

This workshop is targeted at senior leaders and professionals associated with the agrifood industry. Members of the non-profit, academic, and public sectors who are engaged with the sector will also greatly benefit from the program.


Giannini Foundation

Innovative Genomics Institute

Vinhos Barbeito

UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice

The OCP Group

Predator Endurance


Guittard Chocolate


Cancellation Policy

In case of program cancellation, the program fees will be refunded. However, UC Berkeley and Solidaridad are not responsbile for any flight and accommodation expenses.