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The promise of sustainable and inclusive agricultural transformation
On 14-16 October 2016 a unique historic event took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, and it did happen thanks to the people’s power and to their tireless struggle for justice. This was the International Monsanto Tribunal, a remarkable two days of symbolic trial where 30 victims of Monsanto's practices witnessed in front of renowned judges, who were asked to provide a legal opinion on the environmental and health damages caused by Monsanto.
In the context of CIDSE’s international workshop “Climate and Agriculture: Harvesting people’s solutions for sustainable food systems”, an evening panel was organized on 19 September to build an interactive and dynamic discussion and confront different views on agroecology and climate-smart agriculture. The participants shared their reflections after the discussion in a series of flash interviews (links to watch the interviews are provided below).
Less than a year ago the Paris agreement on climate change was signed. I followed the negotiations closely, and when leaving Paris I felt both a sense of optimism and worry. States are now confronted with the urgent need to put this agreement into place, since a climate crisis is already upon us.
This year’s World Food Day theme, celebrated on October 16, reflects on the effects of climate change on our food system and why it’s important to move towards more sustainable ways of producing and consuming food in order to mitigate and adapt to such changes. The campaign ‘Change for the Planet - Care for the People’ will reflect on the role that citizens can play in advancing viable solutions, while resisting and denouncing false, business-as-usual models that affect people and planet.
Climate-Smart revolution... or a new era of green-washing? CIDSE Update Briefing, May 2015 (available in EN - ES - FR)