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2nd International Symposium on Agroecology to be held in Rome

The summit will synthesize and build on the outcomes of the regional meetings, and provide an opportunity to share and discuss policies that can help scale-up and scale-out agroecology in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


2nd International Symposium on Agroecology to be held in Rome
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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Rome from 3-5 April.

Agroecology is the study of ecological processes applied to agricultural production systems. It provides an interdisciplinary framework with which to study the activity of agriculture.

About 400 participants are expected to attend including representatives of governments, the United Nations system (UN Secretariat, Funds, Programmes, and Specialized Agencies), intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors (civil society, non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, academic and research institutions).

The conference intends at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and experiences while discussing policies and actions that can support agroecology in achieving the SDGs and accompany the decade of Family Farming.

The summit will synthesize and build on the outcomes of the regional meetings, and provide an opportunity to share and discuss policies that can help scale-up and scale-out agroecology in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Symposium will also move the topic of agroecology in FAO from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by complementing on-going initiatives to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture, identifying opportunities for synergies with FAO's Strategic Programmes and Regional Initiatives, and facilitating South-South cooperation.

The conference will also observe the launch of a new forward-looking and action-oriented "Scaling-up Agroecology Initiative" in collaboration with major partners, including IFAD and others.

Agroecology brings together scientific disciplines, social concepts, and practices. The scientific core of agroecology is based on applying ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, trees, animals, humans and the environment. In addition, agroecology places social issues at the center of solutions for a sustainable and fair food system.


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