Using Agrobiodiversity to Transform Food Systems
The food we eat and the way we produce it impact both planetary and human health.
Agriculture accounts for 70% of all freshwater use, contributes to more than a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is a major driver of biodiversity loss. At the same time, it is not providing us with the nutrients we need. Pre-pandemic, one in ten people globally was food insecure. That number is expected to rise by 150 million particularly impacting vulnerable groups and communities.
To tackle global challenges, like malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation, we have an underused strategic asset in our toolbox – agrobiodiversity.
What is Agrobiodiversity?
Agrobiodiversity is the wealth of different plants, animals and microbes that make up our agricultural systems. It is the menu of different foods we eat. It is the foundation of resilient, sustainable and nutritious food systems.
The 4-day Congress will convene experts, practitioners, and policymakers to share and advance scientific research, nature-positive solutions, policies, and practices to transform food systems and deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the use and conservation of agrobiodiversity.
How can I participate in the 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress?
- Participate in or present your research at the 3-day scientific congress and virtually meet other experts in your field – each day will focus on a different agrobiodiversity theme: consume, produce, or conserve.
- Network and join action-oriented discussions at the business and policy forums.
- Wander around the virtual marketplace and meet top chefs who will prepare delicious and nutritious agrobiodiverse recipes.
Registration for participation is now OPEN. Click the registration button to secure your spot!
Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge
With over 300 submissions received, the call for submissions is now closed. Looking ahead, the Pitch Day Competition is in the horizon. The selected innovators will now prepare to make their pitch to the selection committee, impact philanthropist industry experts and a global audience on November 15, 2021. The winners will be awarded cash prizes, mentoring, partnerships, technology guidance or training and tuition for a master's program. We hope they present innovations with the potential to disrupt and transform current agricultural practices and food systems and to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable for Sustainable Development. Visit the Innovation Challenge page on the Eat Grow Save website for more information.
Conveners: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
CGIAR / Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT
Partners: CBD, CIHEAM, CNR, CREA, Crop Trust, ENEA, FAO, FAO GACSA, FAO Global Soil Partnership, FAO ITPGRFA, FAO Mountain Partnership, IFAD, IFOAM, IISD, ISPGR, ISPRA, Slow Food, The Lexicon, UNCCD, UNIDO ITPO, WWF