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Event date: 18Apr 2019

Thursday 18 Apr 2019

CSIRO Discovery Centre at Black Mountain

  • 9.00am - 1.00pm

North Science Road, Acton ACT
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 CFS - Committee on World Food Security | HMPE - High Level Panel of Experts

Innovation has been a major engine for agriculture transformation in the past decades and will be pivotal to address the needs of a rapidly growing population and the increased pressure over natural resources (including biodiversity, land and water) in a context of climate change. Agroecology and other innovative approaches, practices and technologies can play a critical role to strengthen sustainable agriculture and food systems in order to successfully combat hunger, malnutrition and poverty and contribute to the advancement of the 2030 Agenda.

Building sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition (FSN) will not only be required to develop new knowledge and technologies, but also to understand the complex processes of transformation and explore different pathways in an uncertain context. These pathways will be required to fill the technology gaps; facilitate the effective access and use of existing technologies; and develop context-specific solutions, adapted to local food systems and local ecosystems.

The High Level Panel of Experts to the Committee on World Food Security (HLPE) is currently finalizing a study that aims at examining the potential, limitations and risks of innovative approaches for FSN, human health, livelihoods and the environment.

This seminar will illustrate the innovative methods of work of the HLPE, some of the findings from the report and discuss potential pathways for the future of FSN.


Time Activity
8.30 Registration and coffee
9.00-9.30 Agroecology and Australian Agriculture Policy

Opening/Key Note Address

The HLPE, science-policy interface of the CFS

Presentation of the HLPE, roles and methods of work
Patrick Caron (HLPE Steering Committee Chairperson) 15 min
9.30-10.45 Session 1: Agroecology & Other Innovations

The HLPE Study #14 – Introduction and methodology
Paul Mapfumo (HLPE Steering Committee Oversight Convener for the study) 10 min

Key findings from the HLPE Study
Fergus Lloyd Sinclair (HLPE Project Team Leader) 25 min

Agriculture and Food Innovations – an Australian perspective
Jen Taylor (Acting Deputy Director of Agriculture and Food, CSIRO) 10 min
Mary Ann Augustin (Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO) 10 min

Questions and Answers to Panelists 20 min
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.30 Session 2: The future of FSN

The HLPE Study #15 – Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030
Patrick Caron (HLPE Steering Committee Chairperson) 15 min

Scenarios of the future of food and what they tell us
Mario Herrero (CSIRO, Chief Research Scientist, OCE) 20 min

Partnering for Research Impact
Dan Walker (ACIAR, Chief Scientist) 20 min

Australia’s Current Agricultural Position
Snow Barlow (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering) 20 min
12.30-13.00 Question and Answer session
13.00-14.30 Networking lunch for all participants