SE023 Beacons of Hope in a Turbulent World: The Building Evidence for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Transformations

Organizers

  • Global Alliance for the Future of Food / Agroecology Fund
  • Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development
  • UN Environment
  • FAO
  • Zambia
  • World Wildlife Fund International (WWF)
  • Hivos

This side event aims to amplify the power and potential of transforming food systems to address critical global issues such as climate change, biodiversity, equity, and health. There is an urgent need for systems transformation, and a number of initiatives globally are contributing to the important conversation about how to accelerate transitions to truly sustainable, equitable, and secure food systems now and for future generations. The “Beacons of Hope” featured at the event provide inspiring examples and evidence that the transformations we collectively seek as a global community are possible.

Key elements in the transformation to sustainable food systems will be explored, including: protecting, promoting, and supporting family farmers and Indigenous communities producing food using agroecological and diversified approaches and principles; co-creation of knowledge, and knowledge exchange and dissemination; developing cooperative ownership models; emphasizing ideas of circular and solidarity economy; reinforcing the importance of culturally relevant and place-specific sustainable diets; establishing participatory approaches and inclusive governance; identifying new market mechanisms; and adopting new holistic metrics.

Two new initiatives will be presented, the One Planet Network Collaborative Framework for Sustainable Food Systems Transformation, and the Global Alliance for the Future Beacons of Hope Transformation Toolkit. These shared frameworks support the policy and practice of agroecology and sustainable food systems transformation and strengthen linkages between agroecology, sustainable food systems and the SDGs, linking up climate, biodiversity, food and nutrition security.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Lauren Baker, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Masuhwa Kayoya, Zambia Representative to the FAO
  • Fabio Leippert, Biovision 
  • Marina Bortoletti, UN Environment
  • Arnold Sitompul, WWF Thailand
  • Ms. Jane Zulu, CUTS International, Zambia
  • Daniel Moss, Agroecology Fund
  • Jamie Morrison, FAO
  • Tim Kränzlein, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to FAO
  • Emile Frison, IPES-Food

Main themes/issues discussed  

There is an urgent need for food systems transformation. A number of initiatives globally are contributing to the important conversation about how to accelerate transitions to truly sustainable, equitable, and secure food systems now and for future generations. Two new initiatives, the One Planet Network Collaborative Framework for Sustainable Food Systems Transformation, and the Biovision/Global Alliance for the Future of Food support the policy and practice of agroecology and sustainable food systems transformation and strengthen linkages between agroecology, sustainable food systems and the SDGs, connecting climate, biodiversity, food and nutrition security.

Summary of key points 

There is increasing recognition that if we want to reach the SDGs, there is a need for transformative change and a systemic approach linking up climate, biodiversity, food security, nutrition and health.  Recent IPES-Food, TEEB-AgriFood, UNCCD, IPBES and IPCC reports all point to the need for transformative change in our food systems and the urgency to bring about such change. All these reports also recognize agroecology, explicitly or implicitly, as an important guide for the needed transformative change. 

Concrete examples from Zambia and Thailand demonstrated how diversified agroecological initiatives can deliver on multiple objectives and contribute to several SDGs in an integrated way.

Key take away messages 

Transformative change in our food systems is urgently required, it is happening, and it can and must be accelerated. Improving the efficiency of current systems will not allow reaching the SDGs. A paradigm shift toward diversified agroecological systems has a great potential to deliver on economic, environmental, nutrition/health and social fronts and should be supported at scale. Integrated governance, research and analysis, grassroots mobilization in the form of social movements, and innovative policies and programs are all required. The CFS discussion on the HLPE report on agroecology will create further momentum for agroecology and other solutions towards a sustainable food system.

CFS 46 Side Event: SE023  Beacons of Hope in a Turbulent World: The Building Evidence for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Transformations

 

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