Monday 5
From Framework to Farm work: Linking Resilience in Theory and Practice
Gine Zwart, Sarah Doornbos, Willy Douma
› 11:05 - 18:00 (6h55)
› Domaine de Restinclières
Local Change for Global Transformation
Sarah Doornbos  1, *@  , Willy Douma  2@  , Gine Zwart  3@  
1 : OxfamNovib-Hivos  -  Website
Raamweg 16 P.O. Box 8556 2508 CG The Hague -  Pays-Bas
2 : Hivos  -  Website
Raamweg 16 P.O. Box 8556 2508 CG The Hague -  Pays-Bas
3 : OxfamNovib  -  Website
Mauritskade 9 Postbus 30919 2500 GX The Hague -  Pays-Bas
* : Corresponding author

More than 50 years of green revolution have not managed to achieve food security, eradicate poverty or conserve biodiversity and ecosystems. In spite of existing knowledge, the dominant discourse in policy, research, business and technology development continues to be geared towards the mono-cultural industrial farming models that run counter to meeting the Millenium Development Goals. While world leaders, scientists and policy makers continue to debate the threats and challenges ahead and perverse agricultural programmes, subsidies, market incentives and policies prevail, real and positive change is taking place all over the world. This change is happening at the local level, driven by farmers, NGOs and other informal-sector initiatives. They are local solutions to global issues and rooted in agricultural systems that build on agricultural biodiversity and on the natural properties of agro-ecosystems to provide provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. They combine productivity, resilience, improved livelihoods and long-term sustainability. Although individual success stories receive attention from time to time, there is no real sense of the scale at which locally driven transformation is occurring and what constitutes the entry points for positive change.

Agrobiodiversity@knowledged is a joint OxfamNovib and Hivos knowledge programme aimed at generating and sharing evidence and insights to mainstream agricultural biodiversity for improved livelihoods and resilient farming systems into research, policy and practice. As part of this programme, a barometer has been developed to take stock of local and informal-sector initiatives and drivers of positive change towards more resilient agricultural systems and visualize what this looks like on a global scale. It focuses on five main entry points to an enabling environment to conserve, sustainably use and enhance agricultural biodiversity for resilient farming systems. These entry points for positive change are: seeds and technology; policy and governance; information systems; markets and trade; and resilient communities. In each of the five interlinking themes, a comprehensive overview of local and informal sector initiatives that support and enhance agricultural biodiversity paints the picture of local drivers of positive change towards global transformation. The programme draws on the cumulative knowledge, experience and networks of a community of more than 70 organizations that together work with millions of farmers, building on agricultural biodiversity for more resilient food systems. Through this barometer, we aim to change the paradigm in the current debate from a focus on negative to positive drivers of change; demonstrate the global scale of local and informal sector initiatives; and contribute to giving agricultural biodiversity and the people that use and enhance it, the recognition and the role they deserve in the global food security debate.

 


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