101 Transitions towards Agroecology

Showcasing technical, organizational and social approaches to food system change


  • Switzerland
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China
  • International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
  • Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs Agricoles de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA)
  • France
  • Senegal


A transformation of agriculture and food systems has become paramount in the face of the world's rapidly deteriorating natural resources. Agroecological agriculture and food system practices, and the policies that support them, create positive and minimize negative environmental externalities leading to more resilient food systems. These systems – ecologically, economically and socially appropriate to their unique contexts – contribute to sustainable development for all.

This side-event aims to identify how to initiate food system transformations. This session will present a new series of case studies published by IPES-Food, spanning a range of geographical locations, where farmers, social movements and local political actors have overcome the systemic 'lock-ins' holding current agriculture and food systems in place. It will portray how these actors have embraced change (i.e. through changes in practice, knowledge generation and dissemination, social relations, and institutional conditions) to successfully drive a transition towards greater sustainability. This side event will then turn to actions occurring on the ground, including the emergence of the West Africa Alliance for Agroecology (3AO) - a cross-sectorial collaborative platform with develops concrete collaborative actions involving both farmers' organizations and research/advocacy partners. Chinese academia and the Swiss private sector will further elaborate on divergent entry points to adopt agroecology and discuss the essential preconditions for the transformation and actions needed to ensure that agroecology features prominently in global food systems by 2030.

CFS Side Event 101 - Transitions towards Agroecology