18 -19 September 2014, Rome
FAO hosted a two-day International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, culminating in a high-level round table which discussed recent experiences and experiments in the field with agriculture ministers from several countries.
More than 50 experts, including academic professors, researchers, private sector, government officials and leaders of civil-society organizations, made presentations or speeches at the symposium, which was attended by more than 400 people.
“Agroecology continues to grow, both in science and in policies. It is an approach that will help to address the challenge of ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, in the context of the climate change adaptation needed,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
FAO hosted the symposium as a means to allow experts and advocates to debate Agroecology, an emerging set of practices that seek to apply ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems. Agroecology is increasingly becoming part of the debates of intergovernmental bodies and its approaches are repeatedly mentioned by the Committee on World Food Security.
The closing round-table discussion featured interventions by several agriculture ministers, including Stéphane Le Foll from France, Papa Abdoulaye Seck for Senegal Abdelwahad Nouri for Algeria, Luis Felipe Arauz-Cavallini for Costa Rica, and Hidemichi Sato, Japan’s parliamentary vice minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Brazil’s agriculture minister, Laudemir André Müller, and Dacian Ciolos, the European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, also participated with video messages.
“You can access all the presentations and video interviews that have been produced for the Agroecology Symposium from the Multimedia box on the right side of this page. Also, you can access an archive with all the posters that have been displayed over the two days of the event from the section below”.
Interview with Pablo Tittonell (Wageningen UR) at the Agroecology Symposium
Agroecology in the news
- Scientists praise and challenge FAO on agroecology - IATP 2014
- Agroecology - What it is and what it has to offer - IIED 2014
- Agroecology offers FAO a 'new window' on agriculture - IIED 2014
- A quantitative and qualitative historical analysis of the scientific discipline of agroecology Wezel and Soldat 2009