Fair ideas - Agricultural biodiversity acknowledged
16th June. Room: Rio Datacentro, 18:00 - 19:30 Language: English
Led by: Hivos and Oxfam Novib, the Netherlands
From the genes of plants and animals to the biosphere; all is biodiversity. We know biodiversity is important for the resilience of our planet and for the survival of us as human beings. Yet, transforming sectors to take biodiversity seriously is slow. Take, for example, the agricultural sector. Agriculture is one of the greatest destroyers of biodiversity and at the same time farmers are seen as the guardians of agricultural biodiversity whose livelihood directly depends on biodiversity. The sector is under serious pressure to deliver more food, feed and fuel. How can we move discussions away from productivity towards development of more resilient farming systems? This session brings together different stakeholders to reveal the key factors in accelerating transformations to resilience.
Edith van Walsum (chair), Director, ILEIA — Centre for learning on sustainable agriculture, the Netherlands
Andrew Mushita, Director, Community Technology Development Trust , Zimbabwe
Sue Edwards, Director, Institute for Sustainable Development, Ethiopia
Tenaw Hailu, Director, Sustainable Land Use Forum, Ethiopia
Paulo Petersen, Executive Director, Agricultura Familiar e Agroecologia (ASPTA), Brazil
A world in which everybody can build an independent livelihood, that is the ideal of Oxfam Novib. And that is why support people in developing countries working on their own future. A matter of justice.
A fair, free and sustainable world: that is what Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation, wants to contribute to. Together with local organisations in developing countries, Hivos strives for a world in which all citizens — both men and women — have equal access to resources and opportunities for development.