About the Dialogues
The Agroecology dialogue series will consist of three thematic dialogues with a focus on identifying entry points, opportunities, building blocks, innovative approaches to policy, technology and institutional frameworks, that can support the upscale of agroecology. They will ultimately contribute to the emergence of a broader framework on multiple pathways for food system transformation that highlights concrete steps to promote agroecology at the national policy level, and set priority areas for a food systems transformation.
The dialogues will be focused on case studies, examples and best practices of transformation pathways, combined with group discussions. For each theme, a working document will be developed by a core guiding group prior to each dialogue, with the aim of triggering reflections and discussions on the dialogue theme. An outcome report will then be developed for each dialogue, reflecting the key messages and recommendations of the discussions.
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Dialogue 1: The interface between agroecology and territorial approaches for food systems transformation
Agroecology and its principles are increasingly recognized as a promising pathway for providing sustainable solutions to the issues of food security and nutrition, the fight against poverty and social inequalities, the adaptation to climate change, the preservation of biodiversity and natural resources, and the fight against zoonotic diseases. Simultaneously, approaches that put territories at the center of development also gained attention for the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. They are championed as being more effectively and sustainably tailored to local socio-economic and ecological conditions and have been proposed as ways to increase the sustainability of agricultural landscapes that look at the landscape as an integrated system of resources, actors, processes, and flows. This first dialogue will explore the interface between territorial approaches and agroecology, and how this interface contributes to the sustainable transformation of food systems. It will analyse the relation between both approaches and the pathways needed for public policies, research initiatives, investment mechanisms, and advocacy to support agroecological transitions at territorial scales.
This agenda highlights the rationale and objective of this first dialogue and gives an overview of the programme of the day.
This background paper offers brief insights into promising areas for joint action at the interface between agroecology and territorial approaches to food systems transformation.
Dialogue 2: Beyond the farm: Exploring the synergies between the agroecology and conservation communities
This dialogue intends to connect the conservation and agroecology communities to explore opportunities and limitations of agroecology to address conservation needs beyond the farm. Thus, it will look beyond classical on-farm conservation angles (e.g. conservation of local crop varieties and crop wild relatives). Instead, it will discuss the contributions of agroecology to mitigate species decline and ecosystem degradation in the landscape, which are less explicitly recognised within existing narratives of the agroecology or conservation communities. The dialogue will identify concrete pathways to increase synergies between the agroecology and conservation communities in food system transformation through policy reform, knowledge creation and investment.
This agenda highlights the rationale and objective of the second dialogue and gives an overview of the programme of the day.
This concept note gives an overview of the dialogue, including its objectives and relevant background information on the topics of agroecology and biodiversity conservation.
Dialogue 3: Agroecology as a response to agri-input scarcity
This dialogue will reflect on the current global food crisis and the looming scarcity of agricultural inputs. Record prices in fertilizers, supply chain interruption, increasing dependence on synthetic agricultural inputs and on a handful of suppliers have underlined the urgency of food system transformation. As a result, a number of countries are committing to reducing their dependence on synthetic inputs. The current crisis creates opportunities to advance food system transformation through agroecology. The dialogue will focus on a better understanding of concrete implementation steps and pathways to increase the resilience of food systems to agricultural inputs scarcity through agroecological approaches, in the areas of policy reform, knowledge creation and investments.
This agenda highlights the rationale and objective of the third dialogue and gives an overview of the programme of the day.
This background paper offers insights into the role of agroecology in increasing resilience to agri-input scarcity in the context of the current global food crisis.