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Seminar on Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture and Land

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15 February 2016, 0:00 to 17 February 2016, 0:00

This seminar, organised by Unit C1 of DG International Cooperation & Development (DG DEVCO), focused on two ‘hot topics’ in this context, namely land governance and sustainable agriculture. It brought together 42 participants: 22 from 20 EU Delegations; 14 from 7 different units in DG DEVCO and DG Research & Innovation (DG RTD); 4 from EU member states (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation – AECID and the German Corporation for International Cooperation – GIZ); and two from the private sector. There were 13 speakers from 7 organisations: the Centre for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), France; the FAO; the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK; the International Land Coalition (ILC); and DG DEVCO Units C1 and C2. The session on land governance was mainly based on the VGGT and on how to implement them at country level. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the different models of sustainable agriculture: sustainable intensification, agroecology, ecological intensification, and climate smart agriculture.

Day 1

Monday 15 February

 

Opening

9.30

Word of Welcome by Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit C1, DEVCO

 

Introduction

9.45

Introducing the seminar (objectives, agenda etc.)

Introduction of participants and their expectations – Barbara Adolph (ISS-FANSSA)

10.30

Tea/coffee break

11.00

Session 1 – Sustainable agriculture

11:00

Sustainable agriculture for food security and resilience – an introduction – Barbara Adolph, IIED (Presentation 1)

11:30

Sustainable intensification pathways: diversity, local adaptation, multicriteria evaluation and innovation approaches– Bernard Triomphe, CIRAD (Presentation 2)

12:15

Agroecology and ecological intensification - what potential and how to unlock it? Walter Rossing, Wageningen University (Presentation 3)

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Climate smart agriculture – Sam Barrett, IIED (Presentation 4)

14:45

Panel session (the speakers plus EC staff): Moving forward – what implications for effective EC engagement around sustainable agriculture? – Moderator: Bernard Crabbe (DEVCO/C2)

15:30

Tea/coffee break

16:00

World Café: What are the key dimensions to consider when designing sustainable agriculture programmes?  (group work)

17.30

Wrap-up of day 1

 

 

Day 2

Tuesday 16 February

 

Session 1 – Sustainable agriculture - continued

09.30

Recap of day 1 (Barbara Adolph)

9:45

Report of group work and world café in plenary

11:00

Tea/coffee break

11:30

The new FAO-EC joint document on Sustainable agriculture: FAO & EC (Presentation 5)

12:30

Wrap up / conclusions from Session 1

13:00

Lunch

 

Session 2 – Land

14:00

Introduction and framing of the session on land (Barbara Adolph)

14:10

General introduction: providing a common understanding of the VGGT - Andrew Hilton, FAO (Presenation 6)

14:50

Working groups – Guiding principles of responsible tenure governance and implementation challenges of the VGGT

15:45

Tea/coffee break

16:00

Panel on legal issues

How international agreements can affect land governance: findings from recent research, Lorenzo Cotula, IIED (Panel 1)

Legal aspects relevant to secure the interests and rights of smallholders with a particular focus on women land rightsMargret Vidarm, FAO (Panel 2)

Questions and debate

17.30

Wrap-up of the first part of session on land

 

 

Day 3

Wednesday 17 February

 

Session 2 – Land - continued

09.30

Recap of the previous day (Barbara Adolph)

09.40

Sustaining People-centred land governance for the long haul: the role of multi-stakeholder platforms and processes - Annalisa Mauro (ILC) (Presentation 7)

10.30

Tea/coffee break

11.00

Panel session: Implementation programmes, practical tools and applications on land governance, including gender sensitive tools and applications (presentations by FAO, IIED, ILC, EC) – Q&A

12:00

Lunch

13.00

World Café: How to engage and stimulate people-centred land governance policy dialogue (what are the key issues to be considered, what are the tools and techniques to stimulate dialogue, how to make policy dialogue inclusive)

15.00

Report of group work and world café in plenary

Wrap-up and conclusion of the session on Land

16.00

Seminar evaluation and conclusion

17.00

Closure: Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Directorate C - Sustainable Growth and Development, DEVCO

 

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Organiser

European Commission - DG DEVCO - Unit C1 Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition

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Location

Brussels (Belgium)