Rooting for Root Causes | Virtual Webinar Summary

Earlier this month Netherlands Food Partnership in close collaboration with Wageningen University & Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, hosted the Rooting for Root Causes virtual webinar, which provided policy makers with practical guidance on avoiding polarised debates, including different perspectives for future agricultural policies.

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Moving from one-sided labels towards fruitful dialogues on future agricultures

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Wijnand van IJssel (Senior Adviser Food Security - Ministry of Foreign Affairs) moderated the webinar with over 30 participants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Dutch embassies in LMICs, Agricultural Counsellors and knowledge institutes. A discussion-paper was shared before the meeting to provide background on the topic at hand.

During the webinar it was discussed how the Netherlands could contribute to sustainable food systems in emerging economies and developing countries by addressing several key questions:

  • How do policy makers experience the polarised debate on different agricultural systems?
  • Are the 13 principles of agroecology HLPE (2019) a useful framework for the Dutch policy overall and for programme development by Embassies in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)?
  • Should the Dutch have the ambition to build completely new in-country food systems, or is it more realistic to have an incremental approach and increase efficiency and sustainability of agroecosystems related to the local context?

The participants highlighted and shared several challenges during the discussion, based on their own experiences they have had in their own roles and engagement in agricultural development.

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