Agri-Food Advisory Group

Status: Agri-Food transitions Criteria development has now commenced. Deforestation, Crop and Livestock production, and Value Supply Chain will be first under development and due to be available for Certification under the Climate Bonds Standard. The proposed new criteria will build upon existing Agriculture Criteria, which can already be used to certify assets and activities. The revised/updated criteria will include expanded scope allowing for the certification of entities and Sustainability Linked Bonds (SLBs) based on transition pathways in these sectors. The Criteria also broaden the existing scope of the current agriculture criteria beyond including climate mitigation to having a greater focus on climate adaptation and resilience, land use change, biodiversity, water use, quality, food loss and waste, circularity, and just transition.

The purpose of the Agri-Food Advisory Group is to support the Agri-food System Transitions Programme in developing consensus around transition narrative and pathways both within the group and with broader stakeholders through their own networks and activities. The Group is made up of scientific and academic experts in agri-food systems, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international bodies, policy experts, financial institutions, and investors:



Scarlet Benson
Talia Smith
Systemiq Earth


Ciniro Costa Jr.
Climate & Food System Specialist
Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT - CGIAR
Helena Wright
Policy Director
FAIRR Initiative
Dr. Simi Thambi
Climate Economist
FAIRR Initiative



Richard Perkins
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)


Melissa Pinfield
Senior Fellow at Meridian Institute Executive Director
Just Rural Transition 
Sareh Forouzesh
Mediator & Programme Manager
Just Rural Transition
Rodrigo Cassola
Senior Programme Officer, Nature Economy
UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre


Antonio Carlos Ortiz
Centrec Consulting Group



Felipe Villela
Founder & Chief Commercial Officer
Aline Maldonado Locks
Chief Executive Officer
Produzindo Certo
Xiaotian Fu
Food & Natural Resources Program Director
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Fan Shenggeng
Chair Professor & Dean of Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP)
China Agriculture University - Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy


Kevin Chen
Qiushi Chair Professor
Professor, Zhejiang University,
Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)



Danqing Shao
Research Fellow

Macro & Green Finance Lab, National School of Development
Peking University


Lifeng Fang
Head of China, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Mauricio Benitez
Sectoral Specialist, Food Systems
Tanja Havemann
Co-founder, Director
Jose Pugas
Partner & Head of ESG and Agribusiness
JGP Asset



Gustavo Oubinha
Sail Ventures
Taciano Custodio
Head of Sustainability
Maria Ferrante
Senior Banker
Leila Harfuch
Research Coordinator
Meian Chen
Senior Analyst, lead of decarbonize Agri System project





Peter Elwin
Director of Fixed Income, Head of Food & Land Use Programme
Planet Tracker
Charlotte Reeves
Engagement Manager Project Lead for the Food & Agriculture team
World Benchmarking Alliance
Tony Siantonas
Director, Scaling Positive Agriculture
Paulo Herrmann
Chief Executive Officer
Ag Consulting
Iris van der Velden
Global Director Learning & Innovation
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative





Thomas Bouriot
Sustainable Investments Specialist Agribusiness & Green Economy & Climate Action
Christina Larrea
Lead, Sustainability Standards
IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development)
Nuno Santos
Senior Economist                                                            Investment Centre Division
Alberto Menghi
Leader, Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali (CRPA)
MATS (Making Agriculture Trade Sustainable)


Bodo Steiner
MATS (Making Agriculture Trade Sustainable)



Tiago Ferreira
Business Executive Director
EMBRAPA Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Nanne Tolsma
Bryan Vadheim
Senior Engagement Manager
Vivid Economics


Alberto Millan
Climate Finance & Impact Investing Specialist