CFS Side Event: Agroecology, diversification, resilience & dietary diversity in times of pandemic

Date & Time: 3 June, 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

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In the context of the upcoming Committee on World Food Security plenary session, IFOAM - Organics International will lead a side event:

How can diversification in agriculture based on agroecology ensure resilience and dietary diversity for family farmers at times of pandemic or crisis?

The event seeks to analyse the potential of crop diversification (inspired by agroecological practices) and its positive effects on farming families, not only during the pandemic but in any context of crisis. 


The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is holding a Special Session of the 48th Plenary on 4 June to endorse the CFS Policy Recommendations on Agroecological and Other Innovative Approaches. The endorsement of the Policy Recommendations was moved from CFS 47 (held in February 2021) as their negotiations and completion was delayed due to COVID-19.

Along with the CFS, there will be ten side-events held from 3 - 4 June.

The full side events schedule is available here.

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In the face of the current challenges the planet is experiencing, governments are exploring approaches that can substantially contribute to the transformation towards sustainability of food systems and nutrition. This transformation is urgently needed, made even more pressing by the current health and economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic.

The side-event will showcase nutrition-sensitive agriculture approaches based on agroecological practices and the improvement dietary diversity. Government representatives (from Nepal, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Pakistan) will speak about how peasant production systems responded to the pandemic and government actions to sustain and strengthen practices that hold the potential to transform into nutrition-sensitive agriculture practices. Experts will analyse and assess their experiences with solutions and practices from various aspects (economic, ecological, nutritional, gender equality), outlining the advantages of an approach based on nutrition-sensitive agriculture in giving comprehensive, systemic responses to combat hunger, poverty, malnutrition and the ecological crisis.

  1. Learn about initiatives based on agroecological techniques, sustainable production of peasant family farming, and women and youth enterprises.
  2. Understand how these experiences contribute to improving resilience and autonomy, even in times of crisis and in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
  3. Show the strategic value of the markets that are built from agro-diversity, social awareness, participation, geographic and organizational proximity, and their role in promoting sustainable food systems.
  4. The importance of the articulations and synergies between the actions of national governments with the work and approaches of other key actors to face multidimensional crisis scenarios.