Case studies of agrifood system technologies and innovations for climate action: Call for proposals for the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2023
In 2023, the global World Food Forum (WFF) theme will be “Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action” and consequently the 2nd edition of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum (SIF) under the umbrella of the WFF flagship event will focus on “Science and Innovation for Climate Action”. The FAO SIF will take place from 16-20 October 2023 in a hybrid format at FAO headquarters in Rome and through a digital platform.
The increasing frequency and intensity of conflict, climate extremes and economic shocks, combined with growing inequality, are impeding our progress towards achieving the SDGs. Addressing the interlinked global crises of climate change, food insecurity and biodiversity loss requires engagement in bold action to transform agrifood systems to become more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, with small-scale producers, family farmers, Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, consumers and other under-represented agrifood systems actors at the centre.
Accordingly, FAO SIF 2023 will allow a more focused and strategic debate on how science, technology and innovation are essential to transform agrifood systems, and how working towards this transformation consequently boosts climate action. The SIF will also highlight success stories of technologies and innovations at the crossroads of agrifood systems transformation and climate action.
We must capitalize on win-win solutions, in which trade-offs and opportunities for efficiencies are effectively managed. We must also leverage the numerous opportunities for further innovation and collaboration, such as public–private partnerships, knowledge sharing networks, and capacity building programmes.
In the context of the upcoming FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2023, the FAO Chief Scientist Office invites you to share illustrative country level case studies of agrifood system technologies and innovations for climate action. The proposals should document validated and replicable applications, not the results of research done in the laboratory or at the research station. Multiple case studies may be submitted per person, as long as they are distinct.
Please use the submission form to share your examples and experiences.
The author(s) should describe the context and background, key problem(s) addressed, technology/innovative solution(s) applied, obstacles/challenges encountered, factors for success, the impacts and lessons learned. If possible, some relevant photos should also be provided.
Following a review and selection of the submissions, the most impactful, innovative and relevant case studies will be showcased at SIF 2023 and participants will be invited to present them.
The FAO SIF 2023 Task Force will review and select the submissions received on the basis of the following criteria:
- Focus on climate action.
- Impact/relevance to agrifood systems.
- Equity: extent to which the case study addresses the role of small-scale producers, family farmers, Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, consumers and other under-represented agrifood systems actors.
- Adversity: extent to which the case study presents lessons (positive and negative) on how gaps, obstacles and other adverse conditions (social, economic, political, etc.) were addressed.
- Innovativeness: extent to which the case study presents an element of change in the approach taken.
Submissions are welcome in all six UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese).
You can upload the completed submission form on this webpage. For any technical support regarding downloading or uploading the submission form, please send an email to [email protected].
The Call for Submissions is open until 23 June 2023.
We look forward to receiving your valuable inputs and learning from your experiences.
Dr Mona Chaya, Special Adviser, Chief Scientist Office, FAO
Dr Preet Lidder, Technical Adviser, Chief Scientist Office, FAO
This activity is now closed. Please contact [email protected] for any further information.