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Background

The first 2014 International Symposium on Agroecology and the following five regional symposia that took place in 2015 and 2016 provided the platform to share experiences, build the evidence base and reach consensus on the next steps to follow to scale-up agroecology. Furthermore it endorsed the key role of FAO to further implement agroecological approaches.

To bring agroecology to the next level, FAO will host in April 2018 the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Symposium

The 2nd FAO Symposium will provide a basis for responding to the needs and challenges identified by the above mentioned regional meetings. Synthesizing and building on the outcome of the regional meetings, including their proposals for action, the Symposium will move the topic of agroecology in FAO from discussion/dialogue to activities at the regional and country level. It will complement on-going initiatives to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture through identifying opportunities for synergies with FAO’s Strategic Programmes, Regional Initiatives and facilitating South-South cooperation.

The Symposium will take a multistakeholder, multisectorial and multidisciplinary approach. About 400 participants are expected to attend the Symposium: from policy makers and governments, agroecology practitioners and civil society representatives to members from academia and research, private sector and representatives from the regional meetings.

Agenda

The Symposium is tentatively scheduled for two days and a half during the first half of April 2018, and will be hosted in FAO’s Headquarters in Rome. It will be structured around an opening plenary, a series of parallel discussions and a High Level Ministerial Segment, which will be an opportunity to enhance the visibility and the engagement of policy-makers in the process.

The Agenda will be soon defined with the support of an Advisory Panel integrated by 10 members from the previous Symposia. Please check this page for updates and news.


If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback on the Symposium or any other aspects related to agroecology, please contact us using the email: agroecology@fao.org