Scaling up agro-ecology programmes to achieve smallholder resilience and end hunger and poverty

Wednesday, 15th July 2015, 3.30pm – 6.00pm, Elilly Hotel, Unison Hall, Addis Ababa


Traditional, peasant-managed agroecosystems, despite being beleaguered by the encroachment of industrial-based systems, still provide more than two-thirds of the world’s food. Already embodying many of the key attributes of sustainability, these systems should remain a fundamental basis of food production for much of the world, and their productivity and efficiency be improved through agroecological research. It will require significant investments as well as policy support to help small-scale producers improve soil and water conditions to increase farm outputs, achieve local food security and long-term ecosystem sustainability.

The side-event will provide an opportunity for representatives from Member States, UN Agencies, private sector, civil society, research and philanthropy to hear about successful smallholder initiatives based on agro-ecology and understand how these contribute to improving farm resilience and fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The investments and policies needed to scale-up these initiatives will also be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussions with eminent experts on the topic.

Concept note


IFOAM – Organics International, Biovision Foundation, Millennium Institute


Gábor Figeczky:
Michael Bergöö:

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