Event: Scaling up Agroecology! For Forward-looking Decision-making in Policy and Practice
On the occasion of International Green Week and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2019, the World Future Council is hosting a panel discussion on Friday, January 18, 2019 in Berlin. The aim is to promote the strengthening of agroecology in politics and practice in Germany and beyond – the theme of this year’s Future Policy Award.
The event is supported by a broad coalition of organizations committed to more sustainable food systems, including the Schweisfurth Foundation, IFOAM – Organics International as well as the German NGO Alliance on Agroecology, to which the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Inkota, Bread for the World, Misereor, Oxfam and Welthungerhilfe belong.
It has long been recognized that agroecological systems are not just more productive and provide more people with healthy nutrition, but they also protect our natural resources and make farms more resilient against the effects of climate change such as extreme droughts or prolonged rains. Given the diversity and complexity of the agroecosystems, the transformation process towards agroecology is equally multifaceted.
How can we create environments in which agroecology thrives? Which essential and prompt changes do we need in the agricultural, development and subsidy policies? Which successful policies and practices examples exist and how can we learn from them? Exemplary solutions which successfully scale-up agroecology are to be found across all continents, such as the two winners of the 2018 Future Policy Award 2018 – 100% organic state of Sikkim in India or the participatory urban agricultural programme of the Ecuadorian capital Quito. In addition, excellent practice examples – Outstanding Practices in Agroecology 2019 – will be presented; a recognition, which the World Future Council organizes for the grow platform GmbH.
How do the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the German Government see agroecology? What challenges exist? How does civil society view the state of affairs and, from their perspective, what must be done to strengthen agroecology? These questions and more we wish to discuss with our guests and with you. In addition to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the German NGO Agroecology Alliance, our Supervisory Board Chairman and Chairman of the Schweisfurth Foundation, Prof. Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald, will also participate in the discussion. The event will be moderated by journalist Dr. Tanja Busse.
With this event, the World Future Council builds on past events, which have been sustaining the urgent debate with decision-makers on how to increase Germany’s activities in promoting agroecology.
The event will take place on 18 January 2019 from 15:30 to 17:30 h at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany. Interested parties can register by e-mail until 14.1.2019, 12 noon, stating the full name of those to attend:
Further information can be found in our invitation.
This event is sponsored by the Schweisfurth Foundation: