London Grains Week a huge success for IGTC

London Grains Week took place from 10-15 June 2019 and was supported by the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC), the International Grains Council (IGC), the Grain and feed trade association (Gafta) and the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

IGTC kicked off the week on Monday 10 June, with a Strategy Session that looked at six key policy files (covering production technology, trade technology, and phytosanitary measures), bringing together 32 global grain trade leaders from around the world.

Later in the week there was the International Grains Council (IGC - annual conference, of which IGTC was one of the official sponsors. The conference welcomed in excess of 350 delegates, including a balance of industry and government representatives, as well as international organizations.

A specific IGTC workshop took place on the second day of the conference and included the signature of the outcomes document of the World Grain Trade Forum of 27 November by Gary C. Martin, IGTC President and Ren Zhi, CNAGS Vice President (pictured). 

IGTC members and Corporate Stakeholders who contributed to panel sessions were as follows (in order of appearance):

  • Economic and trade policy uncertainty: implications for grains and oilseeds markets” Dr. Randal Giroux, Vice President, Cargill Incorporated
  • Geographical snapshot: Africa grains and oilseeds market opportunities” Gerald Masila, Executive Director, Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) (presentation); Jean Charzat, Director Agribusiness Africa, Bunge (presentation)
  • "How new technologies and climate change can shape the grains and oilseeds sectors" Gong Guo, Chief Research Officer, COFCO International
  • International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) - A dialogue on international progress through cooperation
    - Gary C. Martin, IGTC President (presentation)
    - Ren Zhi, Vice President, China National Association of Grain Sectors (CNAGS)
    - Pat O’Shannassy, CEO, Grain Trade Australia (GTA) (presentation)
    - Alejandra Danielson Castillo, Regional Director for South Asia, US Grains Council (presentation)
  • World biodiesel trends and impact on feedstock usage” Gustavo Idígoras, President, CIARA-CEC (presentation); Oliver Balkhausen, Director of Economic Research, ADM International (presentation)
  • Pesticide MRLs and the global trade of grains: Supporting a harmonized, predictable and transparent approach” Dr. Randal Giroux, Vice President, Cargill Incorporated (presentation)