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The International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

FAO Headquarters, Rome
21-23 November 2018

Cómo liberar el potencial de la innovación agrícola para lograr los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

Sede de la FAO, en Roma
21-23 de noviembre de 2018

Libérer le potentiel de l'innovation agricole pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable

Siège de la FAO, Rome
21-23 novembre 2018

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Who: Family farmers are innovators.

Family farmers have been innovating since the dawn of agriculture. Fostering the capacity of the millions of family farmers to innovate is especially crucial today as they face unprecedented challenges that affect their livelihoods as well as the sustainability of the world’s food and agriculture systems.
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What: Innovation is more than technology.

Going beyond apps, drones or farm machinery, innovation in agriculture involves different social, organizational or institutional processes, ranging from access to markets, credit or extension services to marketing produce in a new way.
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How: Innovation is a complex process where multiple actors play different roles.

Governments and other key stakeholders, including civil society, farmer organizations, research bodies and the private sector, all have a role to play in creating an environment that enables innovation in agriculture to flourish and generate solutions. Success hinges on connecting the drivers that influence innovation uptake.
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When: We need to increase the pace of innovation to overcome the challenges of the 21st century.

Accelerating and scaling up innovation in agriculture can trigger the transformation needed to respond to feeding a growing and increasingly urbanized population, climate change impacts and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As the decade of family farming kicks off, the time is now to bring stakeholders together to share knowledge, invest and unlock the policy, pathways and business models aimed at promoting innovation in agriculture.

The International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a direct and firm response to member countries’ enthusiastic encouragement for FAO to play a strong catalytic and supporting role to empower family farmers through innovation.

Innovation is the central driving force which will transform food systems, lift family farmers out of poverty and help the world to achieve food security, sustainable agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Symposium will provide inspiration for innovation actors and decision-makers and, among other things, will celebrate inspiring success stories of innovators, acting as catalyst for boosting partnerships as well as public and private investments to foster and scale up agricultural innovation.

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