Our global food systems depend on agrobiodiversity – that is, the vast diversity of crops, trees and livestock that underpins our entire agricultural system, make it less vulnerable to pests and diseases, and contribute to landscape restoration and resilience in the midst of the climate crisis. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2.5, we have pledged to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of all our agrobiodiversity by 2020. However, even though we have made significant strides towards hitting the target, we are still far from implementation.
The session will be divided into two sub-sessions (SS) (30 minutes each) and three ‘lightning talks’ (LT) (5-7 minutes each), with the following structure:
– LT1: Putting biodiversity to work: Genebanks at the nexus of conservation and utilization of crop diversity
– SS1: How crop diversity, stored in gene banks and from farmer’s fields, offers great potential for more resilient agricultural systems and improved farmers’ livelihoods
– LT2: Working towards sustainable improvement of farmers’ livelihoods
– SS2: Paving the way forward in the Post-2020 Agenda: a new vision for SDG Target 2.5
– LT3: The role of chefs: launch of the Chefs Manifesto – Food Forever Podcast season