Shifting the paradigm of agriculture

Two days of interactive thematic sessions @ G-STIC 2017

Shifting the paradigm of agriculture

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognized that bold and transformative steps are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. Numerous challenges such as persistent hunger and malnutrition, climate change and environmental degradation, and ever-tightening constraints on resources mean that no less than a transformation of our agricultural and food systems is needed.

The G-STIC 2017 thematic session on agriculture and food will focus on ‘Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems’. The paradigm shift towards diversified agroecological systems is increasingly recognised as one that could enable substantially higher food production with far less resources than available today, while providing a set of small-scale, farmer-friendly and resource-efficient solutions that can realize more resilient agricultural practices and provide populations with access to sufficient and healthy food under changing climate conditions.

Sharing knowledge and experiences to build solutions

The session will provide an opportunity for interactive discussion of agroecological technologies and practices, barriers and enablers to adoption, scaling up and scaling out, and policy recommendations including for research and development, extension, technology transfer and dissemination and capacity building. It will bring together some of the leading thinkers and practitioners of agroecology, including:

  • Emile Frison, former Director-General, Bioversity International and Lead Rapporteur of the report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
  • Neth Daño, Asia Director, ETC Group and 10-Member Group to support Technology Facilitation Mechanism with the UN Inter-agency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs
  • Clara Nicholls, University of California, Berkeley and President, Latin American Scientific Society of Agrocology (SOCLA)
  • Million Belay, Coordinator, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
  • Geneviève Savigny, European Coordination Via Campesina
  • Caterina Batello, Agroecology Team Leader, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)