Since its launch in 2018, the Scaling up Agroecology Initiative seeks to mobilize dialogue, cooperation and investment within and beyond the United Nations (UN) system, to bring agroecology to scale and achieve multiple sustainable development goals through sustainable agriculture and food systems. Different UN Agencies are progressively supporting agroecology across their respective mandates in partnership with governments and key actors across the food system.
Three years into the implementation of the Initiative (2019-2021), this webinar aims at sharing initial achievements, success stories and collective understanding of the enabling environment that takes agroecology forward on the ground, in different contexts and at different levels. The event is jointly organized by the UN advisory mechanism of the Initiative, composed by FAO, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and World Health Organization (WHO).
Interpretation in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese will be provided.
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12:30–12:35 Welcoming remarks and introduction by Ms Siham Drissi Programme Management Officer, Biodiversity, People and Landscapes Unit, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
12:35–12:45 Opening remarks by Ms Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
12:45–12:55 Video: Three years of the Scaling up Agroecology Initiative: main results
12:55–13:05 Keynote address by Mr Víctor Suárez Carrera, Undersecretary of Food Self-sufficiency, Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Mexico
13:05–13:15 Keynote address by Mr Vijay Kumar Thallam, Executive Vice-chairman, Farmer Empowerment Organisation, Adviser to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for Agriculture and Cooperation
13:15–13:25 Keynote address by Mr Saliou Ngom, Director of Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment of the Government of Senegal
13:25–13:55 Interactive panel discussion:
• Ms Chukki Nanjundaswamy, Member, International Planning Committee
for Food Sovereignty (IPC)
• Mr Etienne Hainzelin, Adviser to the President, The French Agricultural Research
Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
• Ms Jane Maland Cady, Director of the International Programme at the McKnight
13:55 –14:00 Closing remarks by Mr Jingyuan Xia, Director of FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division
The seminar will be moderated by Ms Siham Drissi, Programme Management Officer, Biodiversity People and Landscapes