Challenges for the transformative “new science of sustainable food systems”

Stephan Rist, Johanna Jacobi Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland According to the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, “the food systems we have inherited from the twentieth century have failed”. Consequently, there is growing consensus that food policies must move beyond the classical focus on […]

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Commoditization, employment and the question of land: How does access to land shape employment conditions in the rural labour market?

Sabin Bieri1, Gabriela Ruesgas2, Elisabeth Jimenez Zamora2, Saithong Phommavong3 1University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment, Bern, Switzerland; 2Universidad de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia; 3National University of Laos, Vientiane, Lao PDR   The transition to a capital-intensive, commercial agriculture is deemed the way to more productivity and to the creation of employment for […]

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Organic farming for improved livelihoods, health and food security in tropical smallholder farming communities

Gurbir Singh Bhullar01, Monika Schneider01, Noah Adamtey01, Irene Kadzere01, Gian L. Nicolay01, Laura Martinez Armengot01, Thomas Bernet01, Christian Schader01, Richard Asare02 1Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, Switzerland, Switzerland; 2International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ghana   This session aims to provide evidence that organic farming and agroforestry systems (in cocoa) can improve livelihood and […]

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Citizen – Driven Water Management for Healthy Lives and Sustainable Agriculture

Natalie Ceperley1, Theophile Mande2,3, Moctar Dembele1 1 Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Laboratory of Ecohydrology, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; 3iE, Burkina Faso   Water is central to both public health and agriculture, and thus its management is […]

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Novel Fertilizers: Role of innovations in plant nutrition for sustainable food systems

Prem Bindraban, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), United States of America Session Rationale Fertilizers have been a principal driver for agricultural intensification feeding over half the world’s population. It contributed to prevent 1 billion hectares of pristine biodiverse lands from conversion into agriculture. Sustainable fertilization and plant nutrition is, and will remain essential for agricultural […]

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Enhancing utilization of Climate Services for strengthening livelihoods in low and middle income countries

Andrea Rossa, MeteoSwiss, Switzerland   Ongoing changes in climate patterns are expected to put further strain on livelihoods in climate-vulnerable regions hindering global efforts for boosting poverty reduction, food security and the reduction of environmental liabilities as stipulated in the Agenda 2030. Improved availability of and access to climate services for vulnerable populations is a […]

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Commercializing Agriculture–Reorganizing Gender

Elisabeth Prügl1, Katia Covarrubias1, Christophe Gironde1, Seng Suon2, Dzodzi Tsikata3, Fred Dzanku3, Kristina Lanz4 1Graduate Institute, Switzerland; 2CENTDOR, Cambodia; 3University of Ghana; 4University of Bern   Contemporary international development policies not only have rediscovered the role of agriculture in alleviating poverty and ensuring food security, but are also demanding an integration of women and the […]

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Impacting beyond niches: exploring approaches for up- and out-scaling innovations in mountains areas

Susanne Wymann von Dach1, Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel1,2, Radhika Murti1,3, Giorgina Catacora4, Manuel Peralvo5, Jianchu Xu2,6, Kiros Hadgu2, Manfred Perlik1, Andreas Heinimann1 1Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland; 2World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); 3International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); 4AGRUCO, Universidad Mayor San Simón de Cochabamba, Bolivia; 5CONDESAN, Ecuador; 6Kumning Institute of […]

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Agrobiodiversity and seeds in changing food systems

Dominique Guenat1, Nathalie Oberson1, Rahel Wyss1, Simon Attwood2, Roseline Remans2 ¹Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agriculture, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Switzerland; ²Bioversity International, Italy Diversity of diets, of the crops and animal products produced, of the varieties and wild relatives of these crops, and of the cultures and actors managing and benefitting […]

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Research uptake pathways to evidence-based policy and practice – a LANSA experience

Sangeetha Rosemarie Rajeesh, Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) Consortium, India Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South (LANSA) is an international research partnership exploring how agriculture and agri-food systems can be better designed to advance nutrition. We are focused on policies, interventions and strategies that can improve the nutritional status of children in […]

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