Webinar | Rooting for root causes: Moving from one-sided labels towards fruitful dialogues on future agricultures

This 90 minute webinar will support policy makers with practical guidance on avoiding polarised debates, including different perspectives for future agricultural policies.

Event details

Date
07 Jul 2021
Organizer
Netherlands Food Partnership in close collaboration with Wageningen University & Research | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
More information

11:00 to 12:15 CEST

Contact: Ying Visser or Anne Dorst

Location
Online
Human capacity building in horticulture in Africa

There is much debate on the direction agricultural development should take to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. New definitions of agricultural systems pop up, older ones resurface, whilst others change over time (e.g. circular, regenerative, biological, agro-ecology, climate smart, mainstream, nature-based solutions etc.). Debates on these agricultural definitions or systems have been going on for decades. The CFS High Level Panel of Experts published the report Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition, and presented a consolidated list of 13 principles and a framework for transition.
Now that the need for food system transformation is more urgent than ever, especially with the forthcoming 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, policy makers can take this debate to a new level.

Debating agriculture around specific definitions might not be the most fruitful approach. The discussion should instead be focused in such a way that key opportunities and problems and their root causes take centre stage, rather than particular agricultural systems. This will further support the coherence of agricultural development policy. Discussions around empty labels without understanding how such definitions relate to the complexity and diversity of agriculture will not result in the desired impact policy makers are aiming for.

This webinar is invitation only and is organised specifically for Dutch policy makers, Agricultural Counsellors and support staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and Dutch Embassies focusing on food and nutrition security, as well as agriculture development in a broader sense.

Outline of the webinar

Hans Brand (Policy coordinator FAO and multilateral cooperation at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) will set the scene at the start of the webinar. Following his introduction Ken Giller (Professor Plant Production Systems at Wageningen University and Research) provides participants with the latest insights and science in this discussion. In addition, Melle Leenstra (Agricultural Counsellor Egypt & Jordan) will share his experience in navigating the various views on agricultural development when programming for concrete in-country activities. Throughout the webinar, all participants will be encouraged to actively engage in the discussion.

Following this dialogue a Policy brief will be created that will support policy makers with practical guidance on avoiding polarised debates, including different perspectives for future agricultural policies.