A step forward towards sustainable food systems

FPA launch event during the 2nd FAO International Symposium on Agroecology

Our current food and agriculture systems are driving the vast depletion of natural resources, fuel inequality and contribute to climate change. We urgently need to shift to more sustainable food systems that deliver environmental and social outcomes and are able to withstand shocks and climate change!

Agroecology is a key element in this process this is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Future Council (WFC) and IFOAM – Organics International kicked off together the Future Policy Award 2018, a global contest for the world’s best agroecology laws and policies.

The launch of the Future Policy Award 2018 was organised at the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology held from 3-5th April 2018 in Rome, which was an inspiring gathering. The FAO expected about 400 people to join, but over 700 delegates, including ministers and ambassadors from over 72 countries, attended. The Symposium’s programme was dense and featured topics like successful experience for scaling up, policy issues and instruments for agroecology, and much more.

The event kicked off a global initiative for scaling up agroecology and thus transforming food and agriculture in support of the SDGs which provides a common work programme for the UN partners involved: FAO, IFAD, WFP, CBD, UNEP and UNDP. It’s a concrete step forward to reach the middle term targets (until 2030).

On 5th April, right after the High Level Panel on the Future of Agroecology with ministers from a number of countries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva personally launched the Future Policy Award 2018 on Scaling up agroecology in his closing speech.

Ms Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council, was addressed by the FAO Director-General and applauded by him and the audience for contributing with the Future Policy Award 2018 to raise awareness for the important topic of agroecology.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

  • Photo credit: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

What is next?

We are now liaising with FAO staff to circulate the Call for nominations to experts on agroecology. The Call will kick off an intense research phase on the best policy candidates for the Future Policy Award 2018 – a press release on shortlisted policies is expected to be published in July 2018.

Stay tuned!

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