SE020 Farmers driven innovation to boost food systems transformation toward global sustainable development: Innovative ways of involving farmers in research and policy debates

Organizers

  • World Farmers' Organisation (WFO)
  • Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR)
  • Italy

The upcoming years pose many challenges to the entire humankind: climate change, including natural disasters, is increasing all around the globe. The last SOFI report shows that world hunger is on the rise again after a decline registered in 2015, while a need of making food systems more sustainable is expressed and recognized worldwide. Furthermore, malnutrition in all its forms, whether undernourishment or obesity, affect countries simultaneously. In this frightful scenario, farmers driven innovation can play a significant role to transform food systems and achieve sustainable development for all.

Farmers can play a key role in tackling these challenges as they are innovators by nature: for thousands of years, they have adapted to the land, to changes in the climate, to the yield of their crops. In todays' world, farmers are improving their innovation development capacity and they need to be engaged more and more in research with scientists, with private partnerships, with multilateral organizations that have the technical and financial capacity to assist in projects. Innovation is much more than mere technology: it is a process, it can be a new way of doing things and a new way of involving farmers in global policy debates, giving them a central role.

 

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