organized by Agropolis International, within the framework of “the year of family farming”.

The main purposes of these Encounters were

  • to foster exchanges between representatives of family farming, decision makers from the political and private sectors, representatives of civil society, trainers and researchers throughout the world, 
  • to question and enhance research agendas dealing with family farming issues and the challenges of global change (society, economics, food security, urbanization, human mobility and migrations, nutrition and health, climate, …) 

Discussion themes

  • How global change impact on family agriculture and its various evolutions? 
  • How family agriculture can contribute to the global challenges facing society, economy, policy making, environment and food security? 
  • How scientific research and development action can support family agriculture in facing these challenges?

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    1 June 2014. Montpellier. A lecture by Hans Herren, former Director General of ICIPE and co-chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), and current president of the Millennium Institute.

    Panel: Family agriculture, a credible option given the challenges the planet faces?

    • Hans Rudolf Herren, President of the Millennium Institute, Washington. 1995 World Food Prize and 2013 Right Livelihood Award (the Alternative Nobel Prize) 
    • Fatma Ben Rejeb, Director of the Maghreb farmers’ union (UMAGRI), Tunisia. 
    • Kees Blokland, Director of Agriterra, the Netherlands. 
    • Maryam Rahmanian,a member of a local NGO, Vice-Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) for Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Iran. 
    • Patrick Caron,Director General in charge of Research and Strategy at Cirad, France. 
    • Ibrahim Alassane Mayaki,Chief Executive Officer of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Niger. 
    • Caio Galvão de França, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA), coordinator for the International Year of Family Farming, Brazil. 

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    This event was co-organized with the CGIAR Consortium, the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) and the World Rural Forum (WRF) and supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and various national and international organizations. It feeds the agenda of IYFF, help prepare the third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) -the GCARD1 having been organized by Agropolis International and GFAR in Montpellier in 2010- and contribute with ideas and recommendations to the Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) to be held in Paris in 2015.

    Selection of videos:

    Family agriculture, a credible option given the challenges the planet faces? Hans R. Herren, Millennium Institute 

    2-Opening session Marcela Villarreal, FAO

    3-Sir Gordon Conway: Sustainable Family Farming: Is it Viable? Is is Resilient? Opening session

    4-Welcome address  Bernard Hubert

    5-Welcome address: Carlos Perez del Castillo, CGIAR Consortium 

    13-Monique Pariat, Commission Européenne

    14- Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD President

    15-Papa A. Seck, Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Equipement rural au Sénégal

    16-Marion Guillou, perspectives tirées du rapport du HLPE

    17-Robin Bourgeois, GFAR : What could agricultural research do for family farmers?

    21-Mark Holderness, GFAR :Contribution towards the GCARD3 in 2015

    19-Pierre Fabre, Cirad: Points forts et perspectives

    20-Ibrahim Coulibaly, Ambassadeur de la FAO/ROPPA pour l’AIAF

    Related:Inauguration of the new office of the CGIAR Consortium
    Consortium du CGIAR, inauguration du siège sur le campus Agropolis International à Montpellier le 2 juin 2014 

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