Global Conference on Sustainable Plant Production

Innovation, Efficiency and Resilience

Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 02/11/2022 - 04/11/2022

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing the first-ever Global Conference on Sustainable Plant Production (GPC) with the theme Innovation, Efficiency and Resilience, on 2-4 November 2022. The GPC will provide a neutral forum for FAO Members, farmers, scientists, development agencies, policy makers, extensionists, civil society, opinion leaders, and the private sector for focused dialogues on innovation that creates efficient plant production systems with resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses, climate change, natural hazards and geopolitical disruptions. Tomorrow's agriculture will need to produce more food with less environmental footprints and contribute to strong local and diversified agrifood systems that are more resilient to shocks and disruptions.

The GPC will generate authoritative evidence for actions to realize the goals of FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 for the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind, thus contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDGs 1, 2 and 12.


Objectives of the conference

  • Raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable plant production to implementing FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31, to attain the SDGs at global, regional and national levels.
  • Share information and knowledge on the strategic direction and technical developments in sustainable plant production worldwide.
  • Demonstrate FAO’s technical leadership and convening power to support its Members for sustainable plant production.
  • Provide a neutral platform and technical networks on sustainable plant production for demand-driven and context-specific multi-stakeholder dialogues.


Webcast Plenary sessions 1 and 2 Webcast Plenary session 3  Webcast Plenary session 4

The GPC will focus on critical aspects of sustainable plant production systems around seven themes:

  • Seed systems: use of quality seeds of superior crop varieties that are nutritious, pest and disease resistant, stress-tolerant and input use efficient.

  • Field cropping systems: agronomic practices to maintain crop productivity through diverse and context specific systems that are based on ecological interactions and reduce reliance on agro-chemicals.

  • Protected cropping systems: high value and short -cycle vegetable productions systems that are adapted to technological needs to overcome constraints, e.g. land, water, nutrient, pests, diseases, seasons and climate.

  • Natural resource management: practices that protect, enrich and preserve land, soil, water and nutrients through ecosystem approaches.

  • Integrated pest management: practices and approaches to minimize crop losses while promoting biodiversity and reducing reliance on pesticides.

  • Mechanization and digitalization: appropriate mechanization technologies for sustainable crop production, precision agriculture and digitalization.

  • Farmers and enabling environment: to support farmers to transition to sustainable crop production, through appropriate services and policies.