Líder Agro SP: FGV forms partnership with OCESP to train agricultural cooperatives

The program will be composed of two courses. The first, called “A Strategic Perspective for Sao Paulo Agricultural Cooperative Leaders”, is aimed at the leaders of farming cooperatives.
Institutional
24 November 2021
Líder Agro SP: FGV forms partnership with OCESP to train agricultural cooperatives

Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) has formed a partnership with the Sao Paulo State Organization of Cooperatives (OCESP) and FGV Center for Agribusiness Studies to run Líder Agro SP, an exclusive development program for agricultural cooperatives in the state of Sao Paulo.

A ceremony to launch the partnership was held on November 5, 2021, in Campos dos Jordão. It was attended by 24 cooperative leaders and OCESP’s president, Edivaldo Del Grande, as well as the Sao Paulo state agriculture secretary, Francisco Matturro, and Campos de Jordão municipal tourism secretary, André Luiz Barbêdo.

Del Grande said that the Líder Agro program is designed to achieve a new level of development for Sao Paulo’s agricultural cooperatives. “We need to plan together for the short, medium and long term,” he said, before praising the expertise of FGV’s team. Del Grande stressed that the program will put leaders on a new path in terms of cooperative management and business development.

The program will be composed of two courses. The first, called “A Strategic Perspective for Sao Paulo Agricultural Cooperative Leaders,” is aimed at the leaders of farming cooperatives. The second course, called “A Formative Perspective for Sao Paulo Agricultural Cooperative Executives,” is designed for executives chosen by the leaders who take part in the first course.

The program’s general coordinators are Professor Roberto Rodrigues, the coordinator of the Center for Agribusiness Studies at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Sao Paulo School of Economics (FGV EESP) and special UN Food and Agriculture Organization cooperative ambassador; and Professor Moyses Simantob, the academic coordinator of the FGV CEO Program’s Strategy, Change and Innovation Module.

After the opening remarks, FGV professors Moysés Simantob, Marcelo Romani and João Lins (the executive director of FGV In Company) discussed their expectations for the one-year program with the participating leaders. There were then two speeches. Antonio Maciel talked about mega trends and Roberto Rodrigues discussed challenges facing agriculture and cooperatives.

Roberto Rodrigues, one of the program’s coordinators, presented trends and challenges in light of COP26. He made the participants reflect on the traditional economy and the green economy, as well as the role of large nations when it comes to carbon businesses. He emphasized food security, saying there will be no peace wherever there is hunger. He also argued that tropical agriculture is very important to food security, given that tropical countries have available land, technology and people.

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