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17 April 2023

InfoPoint conference: Should agriculture be intensified in the name of the environment?

Photo by Tom Fisk

Presentation of the study on land sparing (Iles de Paix): How to reconcile needs, especially food needs, with the preservation of biodiversity? This is where the tumultuous scientific and political debates between land sparers and land sharers arise. Is it better to produce as much as possible on a minimum surface area, even if it means using methods that are harmful to the environment, in order to leave more space for nature? Or should we adopt less intense and more respectful environmental practices, with the risk of having to farm larger land areas? The answer to this question, in defining what is the best way to do agriculture, has huge implications on food sustainability trajectories, and on the policy choices that frame them.

Presentation of a case (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management – Uganda): Project on agroecological biodiversity in partnership with The Hunger Project and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Elements on the land use situation in Uganda.

Presentation of a case (National Museum of Natural History France, Nitidae): The inability to compartmentalize nature as a limit of the land sparing analysis framework. Research and projects on the impacts of pesticides on biodiversity and agroecological approaches around Kibale National Park, Uganda.

Presentation of the policy brief on synergies between agroecology and conservation (Biovision Foundation and Food Policy Forum for Change): In 2022, through another initiative, the Agroecology Dialogue Series, by FAO, Biovision and the Agroecology Coalition, around 70 participants discussed opportunities and limitations of agroecology to address conservation needs beyond the farm level. The key findings and recommendations of the dialogue were summarized in a brief. It identifies concrete pathways to increase synergies between agroecology and biodiversity conservation communities for food system transformation through policy reform, knowledge creation, investment and change of practices.


  • Christophe Larose, Head of Sector – Sustainable Agriculture, INTPA F3- Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries
  • François Grenade, Research and advocacy Officer on Sustainable food systems, Iles de Paix
  • Robert Guloba, Program Officer Agroecology & Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Erick Kizito, Programme Manager, Agroecology & Sustainable Natural  Resources Management, Pelum – Uganda
  • Sabrina Krief, Professor National Museum of Natural History France, director of the Sebitoli Chimpanzee Project, Uganda
  • Charlotte Pavageau and John Garcia Ulloa, Programme managers, Biovision Foundation and Food Policy Forum for Change

Language of conference: English

Language of Q&A session: English


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From 17 April 2023 at 11:00 to 17 April 2023 at 12:30


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