The Brussels Development Briefing n. 59 on “Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and IPES-FOOD was held on Wednesday 15 January 2020 (9h00-13h00) at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels.

The briefing brought various perspectives and experiences on agroecological systems to support agricultural transformation. Experts presented trends and prospects for agroecological approaches and what it implies for the future of the food systems. Successes and innovative models in agroecology in different parts of the world and the lessons learned for upscaling them were also discussed.

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PROGRAMME 

 09h00-09h15      Introduction to the BriefingIsolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office and Coordinator of the Briefings

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat; Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Devco C1, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission; Emile Frison, Member, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, IPES-FOOD; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA.

09h15-11h00     Panel 1: Agroecological systems to support agriculture transformation
This panel discussed concepts, trends and prospects for agroecological approaches and what it implies for the future of the food systems.
Chair: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office and Coordinator of the Briefings

Panellists:
– From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
Emile Frison, Member, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Sytems, IPES-FOOD

– Agroecology to meet the SDGs: Scaling-up Agroecology Initiative
Ronnie Brathwaite, Senior Agriculture Officer, FAO

– How local application of agroecological principles can transform food systems
Fergus L. Sinclair, Principal Scientist, World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Kenya

– Agroecology and Right to Food
Alejandra Morena, Right to Food and Nutrition, Capacity-Building Coordinator, FIAN 

Panel 1 Questions & Answers

 11h00-11h15 Coffee Break

 11h15-13h00     Panel 2: Agroecology in practice: Experiences and lessons learned
This panel presented some successes and innovative models in agroecology in different parts of the world and the lessons learned for upscaling them.
Chair: Emile Frison, Member, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Sytems, IPES-FOOD

Panellists:
– The farmer’s perspective to agroecology: the case of West Africa
Ibrahima Coulibaly, President, ROPPA

– Agroecology in the European agenda of sustainable development: Best practices
Paola Migliorini, President, Agroecology Europe 

– Agroecological participatory action research and advisory systems
Tibasiima Kahigwa Thaddeo, Farmer Advisor on Agroecology, Uganda

– Promoting reforestation and agroforestry practices
Mansour Ndiaye, Executive Director, APAF, Senegal

– Supporting climate-resilient agroecology in Malawi
Ellen Matupi, President, Coalition of Women Farmers (COWFA) 

Panel 2 Questions & Answers, and Closing remarks

13h00 Light Lunch

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