Recognizing the failure of modern industrial agriculture to secure food production in the world, a consensus is emerging that agroecology is the most viable way forward if we are to address the future challenges of the 21st century which include food security, job creation, climate change, etc.
Thus, the Commission Sud of France, an umbrella organization of NGOs working on issues related to agriculture, food and the environment, organized an international seminar entitled “Upscaling Agroecology: Why and How? last December 11, 2012 at the Campus du Jardin Tropical in Nogent-sur-Marne, France.
The seminar intended to stimulate a discussion and debate on the issues of why agroecology is urgently needed and how it can be upscaled.
Representatives from various CSOs in France, Latin America, Africa, and Asia were invited, including AFA, which was represented by its Knowledge Management Officer Marciano T. Virola Jr.
The seminar was well-attended by students, professors, and NGO representatives in France, who actively participated in the discussion and debate.
AFA shared its perspective on how agroecology answers to the challenges of food security, job creation, climate change, etc. as well as on the enabling conditions for upscaling agroecology and the challenges related to knowledge transfer among farmers.
The Commission Sud will come out with a publication that reports on the results of the seminar.