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Towards sustainable food systems: diversifying markets for small-scale farmers

18 October 2018 1:00 pm
18 October 2018 2:30 pm

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On the 18th of October, from 13h00 – 14h30 ECDPM will co-organise together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Kenya, University of Pavia, FAO Mountain Partnership (IFOAM) a side event of the CFS45. It takes place in the Iran Room of FAO in Rome.

“Towards sustainable food systems; diversifying markets for small-scale farmers”
Economic, social and environmental gains through indigenous vegetables and sustainable labels”

Making local and global food systems more resilient, whilst improving their capacity to feed and employ people, is one of the main global challenges in the coming years. Investing in sustainable food systems (SFS) is key not only to end hunger but it will also contribute to other interlinked SDGs such as ensuring healthy lives and promoting decent work for all. Technological, institutional and commercial innovations, revised policies as well as public and private investments are all part of the mix needed to foster this change. The Sustainable Agrifood Systems Strategies (SASS) project, undertaking multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder research and policy dialogue in Kenya and Tanzania, works on how markets for traditional indigenous vegetables can provide the incentives for more sustainable, resilient and healthy food systems. A central role lies with small-scale farmers who provide the majority of the food in the world.

During this event the co-organisers will share experiences, especially from Kenya, in promoting diversification of agriculture, indigenous vegetables and sustainability labelling schemes.

For more background information: see recent ECDPM Discussion paper 230: Making markets work for indigenous vegetables in the Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya


Iran Room - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Viale delle Terme di Caracalla R,
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

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