Agrobiodiversity and food systems: entangled questions

© Marianna Fenzi | IGD

International Workshop

Thursday 27 October 2022 - 9h45 to Friday 28 October 2022 - 18h30 - UNIL, Aula IDHEAP and Amphipôle, room 340

This workshop will explore the interactions between agrobiodiversity and food systems, bringing together researchers working on seed systems, participatory research and agricultural science addressing small-scale farming contexts.


27 October
: Agrobiodiversity evolution: seed systems, participatory plant breeding and seed regulation. Aula IDHEAP, UNIL, Lausanne
28 October: Food systems under different lenses: science and technology, governance and metabolism. Amphipôle, room 340, Lausanne

Full Program  (2345 Ko)


Climatic and geopolitical crises are challenging our food systems. Pushed by a looming food crisis, agricultural policies and related scientific approaches highlight the need for a shift towards more sustainable agriculture. In the field and in international arenas, agricultural science and policy strategies reflect competing approaches to innovation, sociotechnical change, and pragmatic ways of facing urgent problems. Starting from situated dynamics of sociotechnical change, this workshop aims to discuss entanglements between crop diversity management and the trajectories of food systems. The first day will be dedicated to the question of how participatory plant breeding can contribute to strengthening seed sovereignty and fostering agrobiodiversity through interdisciplinary approaches. The second day will focus on food systems and how a socio-ecological perspective can help us to identify changes and patterns in power relations, technologies and metabolism in agriculture.

The event takes place as part of the Agroecology Days. For more information on the program and the exact venues, please see the attached information, the poster or visit Agroecology Works Website.

Registration is free but the number of participants is limited.
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