"Greening Agriculture" - Sustainable Agriculture as part of a Green Economy
Jun 21, 2011
from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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|Contact Name||Andreas Rufer|
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One of the major challenges of the 21stcentury will be to create an economy that can at the same time provide livelihoods for an increasing number of people and not degrade natural resources or spur climate change. This is also one of the major challenges that the Biovision Foundation encounters in its pilot projects in East Africa and its political work within the Rio+20 process.
A “Green Economy” in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication is one of the main themes of the upcoming 2012 UNCSD Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro. Within the preparatory process the question what green economy actually is and what it should look like is a heatedly debated issue. UNEP’s roadmap to Rio + 20, the Green Economy Report (published February 2011) sees the challenge of agriculture in feeding the world’s growing population without damaging ecosystems and human health and without undermining the sector’s natural resource base. Drawing upon UNEP’s Green Economy Report, experts will debate on what sustainable agriculture could look like and how it could fit within the new Green Economy framework.
Speakers and panelists:
Hans Herren, President Millennium Institute and Biovision Foundation, Author of the Agriculture chapter of the UNEP's Green Economy Report
Katherine Di Matteo, President of the Board of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)
Eric Chivian, Founder and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
Samuel Fromartz, Journalist, Washington D.C.
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