Agroecology: Food system transformation from farm to plate

Event Details


Languages: English, French & Spanish

Date and Time

20 October 2021: 9-11 a.m. CDT / 15-17h CEST / 22h PHST


The dominant food system in the world is exploitative and extractive, but examples across the world demonstrate that a more just and fair food system is possible. Agroecological approaches have evolved to offer a set of guiding principles that can help transform our food systems to create a more socially just, diverse, holistic and sustainable food system that better respects and benefits cultures, the environment and people engaged at every level of the system.

Agroecological approaches are anchored in human rights, rooted in culturally and ecologically diverse knowledge systems, and have the potential to build the community resilience necessary to deal with both the forces of climate change and corporate control. Yet, there have been roadblocks to advancing agroecology globally.

Please join us for a two-hour virtual seminar that will provide an in-depth look at the transformative power of agroecology.

Agroecology experts, advocates and practitioners will discuss how agroecology, as a systems approach, can address multiple ongoing global crises — ecological, economic and sociocultural. Hear from farmers based in the Global North and South as they share their reasons for practicing agroecology and the challenges they face. Panelists will discuss these challenges, as well as potential pathways to successfully advancing agroecology. Panel presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session where audience members will interact with the presenters and the panelists.


  • Introduction: Agroecology: A systems approach for food system transformations
  • Agroecology Today: Anchored in human rights; rooted in culturally and ecologically diverse knowledge systems; building resilience
  • Panel I: Why do agroecological approaches offer the most comprehensive pathway to address multiple challenges and crises?
  • Farmers Stories: Farmers from the Global North and South will share why they practice agroecology and challenges to success
  • Panel II: Impediments and pathways to advancing agroecology around the world
  • Q&A with panelists and presenters 



  • Sophia Murphy, Executive Director, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, United States
  • Michel Pimbert, Director, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), United Kingdom


  • Lim Li Ching, Senior Researcher at Third World Network (TWN) and Member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
  • Marcia Ishii-Eiteman Senior Scientist and Director of the Grassroots Science Program at Pesticide Action Network, North America
  • Jim Goodman, Chairperson, National Family Farmers Coalition, U.S.
  • Nina Moeller, Associate Professor, CAWR, U.K.
  • Timothy Wise, Senior Advisor, IATP
  • Francesco Ajena, Independent Researcher, Italy
  • Alberta Guerra, Senior Policy Analyst, Action Aid, U.S./Italy
  • Shiney Varghese, Senior Policy Analyst, IATP, U.S.
  • Vincent Dauby, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Officer, CIDSE Belgium


Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Program Director, IATP

More information on presenters and panelists to come as additional panelists are confirmed. 


Photo credit: Cantera

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