Local Economy against Poverty

Date: 9 September 2019
Time: 13 h 30 min  to  6 h 00 min

Rio Pavilion

From 1:30 pm to 6 pm

Transformational Change in practice: Where are we coming from? Where we are going to?

During this side event, Mathilde Bourjac from CARI spoke at the Ecosystem Restoration Roundtable to share CSO perspectives on the subject.



“Mister Chair, Distinguished delegates, Dear colleagues,

My name is Mathilde Bourjac, I am from CARI, a French CSO.

Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to speak in this round table on behalf of more than 500 CSOs accredited to the UNCCD that are actively involved in the implementation of the Convention together with people and grassroots communities.

From oases scattered in the Sahara to the vast rangelands of the Sahel … from the savannahs of South America to the Amazonian forest … from the drylands in the Indian subcontinent to the steppes of Siberia, it is important to recognize the specificity of each ecosystems, and of all land users living in these ecosystems. There is no 1 solution to all challenges that humanity faces, no blueprint for land governance and management.
We therefore urge the Parties to recognize as such the value of the diverse initiatives on sustainable land management and on restoration from people and communities living in these ecosystems. These are the actions on the fields that really contribute to Land Degradation Neutrality.
We urge the parties to engage with farmers, with pastoralists, with indigenous peoples, with men and especially women to better understand what is needed for them to replicate sustainable land use and restoration practices.

To enable a global movement for ecosystem restoration, land tenure for communities must be secured. This is especially important for Oasis ecosystems which rely on scarce land and water resources and are exposed to climate change pressure. Progressive land policies exist, but they are not often implemented. Land tenure arrangements regarding inheritance cause fragmentation of the oasis’s parcels, preventing economic viability and therefore threaten the survival of these fragile ecosystems.
We ask our governments to adopt appropriate approaches to assess legislation, policies and institutions regarding the actual use of resources in vulnerable ecosystems, like oasis. Inclusion of civil society and research in such a review of oasis governance should be enabled through multi-stakeholder dialogue. FAO’s Voluntary Tenure Guidelines can be of great guidance.

For a global movement in ecosystem restoration, civil society must have the means to support people and local communities in their pursuit of SLM and restoration. We see a growing movement of farmers and pastoralists in the Sahel being inspired by Farmers Managed Natural Regeneration techniques showing tremendous results on landscape level and food production.

To stimulate this change at scale, what is needed is:

  1. Knowledge and experience sharing organized by a CSOs between people and communities that want to engage in natural regeneration.
  2. Support to CSOs to create platforms at village level for dialogue about where to graze and where to grow.
  3. Facilitation of CSO engagement with policy makers to contribute to creating an enabling policy environment.

The CSOs gathered here in India call upon the Parties to make more appropriate funds available for the replication of these kinds of practices and to help creating an enabling policy environment for upscaling.

During this COP, we see a lot of focus on the “Restore” response. However, the SPI’s LDN response hierarchy for land degradation emphasizes that preventing land degradation is far cheaper than curing land degradation. Restoration inevitably implies greater expense: the Avoid response in the LDN response hierarchy should remain the unequivocal priority.

Finally, we all need to act together to sustainably use and restore the land, for our children and our children’s children. We all need to engage together in the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. Only this engagement will result in a transformative global movement for land restoration.”

Organizer: GEF

Place: The Rio Conventions Pavilion


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Date: 10 September 2019
Time: 0 h 30 min  to  14 h 30 min

COP14 UNCCD New Delhi, India, September 2019Side event / Round table
Rio Pavilion

From 12:30 am to 2:30 pm

Désertif’actions 2019 : “We are the land fighting desertification

This intervention will focus on the results of Désertif’actions 2019 : The fourth international civil society summit Désertif’actions 2019 took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from the 19th to the 22nd of june 2019. It brought together more than 380 participants from over fourty countries, representing 230 multi-actors organizations : local communities, NGOs, scientists, local representatives, international organizations, private and public sector actors…

Agrisud will speak about “Agro-ecology and mobilization of territorial actors”

“With more than twenty members from Sahelian and Maghreb countries we are the largest delegation of civil society and perhaps the largest at the COP to carry Africa voice!” P.Burger – Chairman of CARI


Welcoming words

  • Ibrahim Thiaw, UNCCD executive secretary
  • Yann Wehrling, Ambassador of environment France


  • Nabil Ben Kathra (OSS)
  • Elvis Tangem (Great Green Wall African Union)
  • Jonathan Davies (IUCN)
  • Sylvain Berton (Agrisud International)
  • Jiaijia Luo (Representative of the UNCCD CSO panel)


  • Patrice Burger (CARI)
  • Omer Ouedraogo (SPONG)

Place: The Rio Conventions Pavilion


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Learn more about CARI’s participation at COP14-UNCCD 2019

Date: 19 June 2019
Time: 16 h 00 min  to  18 h 00 min

(Français) Désertif'actions 2019 à Ouagadougou au Burkina FasoSide event / Table-ronde

De 16h à 18h

Maquis des sciences : l’agro-écologie face à la désertification, la force du vivant…

74% des terres en Afrique sont affectées par la désertification. Les terres sont moins productives, elles disparaissent sous les effets des fortes pluies et des vents violents, elles retiennent moins l’eau, elles sont sensibles aux épisodes climatiques extrêmes, la diversité des espèces végétales et des êtres vivants dans les sols diminue. Le revenu et le bien-être de tous sont affectés par cette dégradation.

Des solutions existent, des solutions innovantes sont à inventer : l’agro-écologie nous montre la voie. Ce maquis des sciences donne la parole aux acteurs qui œuvrent en faveur de l’agro-écologie comme voie de développement à privilégier en Afrique…

couverture du mémento pour évaluer l'agroécolgieÉvaluation des pratiques agro-écologiques : un levier pour le déploiement de l’agro-écologie ?
> Sylvain Berton d’Agrisud interviendra à cette table-ronde afin de présenter le “Mémento pour l’évaluation de l’agroécologie” réalisé dans le cadre du GTAE – Groupe de travail sur les transitions agroécologiques dont il est membre avec AVSF, CARI et Gret.

Organisateurs : CARIIRD


  • En cours de confirmation

Panel des intervenants

  • Acteurs institutionnels, scientifiques, de la société civile – En cours de confirmation
  • Sylvain Berton, directeur des opérations chez Agrisud International et membre du GTAE

Lieu : Institut Français de Ouagadougou


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Sommet international Désertif'actions du 19 au 22 juin 2019

L'agro-écologie pour nourrir le monde, fantasme ou réalité ?

Date: 6 June 2019
Time: 18 h 00 min  to  20 h 00 min


Can we feed 10 billion people with agro-ecology?

Agrisud International invites you to exchange with Marc Dufumier, honorary professor at AgroPari Tech and recognized expert in this field, and member of the strategic council of the Ministry of Agriculture.

As we wonder about the earth’s living ecosystem evolution, agriculture holds a special place. With a dominant mode of production that has become partly destructive and no longer meets its promises, agroecology provides its effectiveness in many contexts to a more or less extent. Will agroecology be able to answer to new challenges and with which capacity to feed 10 billion people?


Date: 24 May 2019
Time: 16 h 30 min  to  18 h 00 min

World Impact Summit à BordeauxThematic round table

From 4:30 pm to 6 pm

Which agriculture and food will feed 10 billion people by 2050?

Agrisud will share its 27 years of fight against poverty in 24 countries with actions that support family farming and sustainability.

Organizer: Solylend and its partners.


  • Yvonnick Huet, general director of Agrisud
  • Bruno Leménager, territorial director of the Atlantique-Dordogne delegation at Adour-Garonne Water Agency
  • Cécile Broutin, manager of the “Agricultural development and agri-food chains” program at CIRAD
  • Céline Pérodeaud, Head of West Africa Programs at IPES Food
  • Jean-Philippe Quérard, chairman of Pour une Agriculture du Vivant

Moderator: Benjamin Adler, journalist

Place: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

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Intervenant à la table ronde WIS2019

Date: 20 May 2019
Time: 0 h 00 min  to  0 h 00 min

4th world congress on agroforestry in France20 – 22 May 2019

Agroforestry: strengthening links between science, society and policies.

Agrisud attends this international event which aims to associate science and dialogue with society to assess the potential of agroforestry in order to ensure the agro-ecological transition of world agriculture. An International Union of Agroforestry will be created at the Congress, to federate agroforestry innovations on a global scale.

This event is under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic,

Organizers: Cirad and l’Inra, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre, Agropolis International and Montpellier Université d’Excellence (I-SITE MUSE).

Program: Three days of plenary and parallel sessions (35 in total, with more than 300 papers), poster sessions, field trips, side events, cultural events for the general public, etc.

discussed subjects: 

  • Climate change
  • Fight against poverty / food security
  • Successes and failures of agroforestry
  • Desertification / land degradation / soil rehabilitation
  • Genetic resources
  • The kind in agroforestry
  • Public policies
  • Business / private sector / finance
  • Socio-economic dimensions of agroforestry

Public events will take place during the Agroforestry Week in Montpellier, including the World Congress.

Place: Le Corum Conference Centre, Montpellier – France

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Date: 30 November 2018
Time: 9 h 00 min  to  18 h 30 min

colloque : enjeux en matière d’alimentation durable et d’engagement solidairePresentation (stand)

From 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Experiences, projects and methods at the territorial level

As part of this event designed to promote agro-ecological transition, eco-development and sustainable agriculture in Morocco, Agrisud & its partner, the Norsys Foundation, will speak on the subject of sustainable agriculture and territorial dynamics.

This presentation will be illustrated by 2 projects in Ouarzazate and Marrakech.

Organizers: RIAM – Network of agro-ecological initiatives in Morocco in collaboration with Terre & Humanisme Morocco.
With the support of: Crédit Agricole Group Morocco, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation, Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute

Speakers “territorial projects in Ouarzazate and Marrakech”

  • Elphège Ghestem-Zahir, Assistant Director of Operations, Agrisud International
  • Imane Taaime, Director, Norsys Foundation in Morocco

Place: Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary InstituteI – Conference room
Madinat Al Irfane 10101- Rabat, MOROCCO.

Program (in French)

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Date: 30 November 2018
Time: 9 h 30 min  to  18 h 00 min

colloque : enjeux en matière d’alimentation durable et d’engagement solidairePresentation (stand)

From 12:30 to 14:30

Presentation of the international cooperation programs of the Hauts-de-Seine Department

Acting for 10 years now in favor of a healthy food, produced under sustainable conditions in Armenia, Benin, Cambodia, and Haiti, the Hauts-de-Seine Department proposes to the actors of its territories in France to lead discussions in this direction.

Among the 4 exposed countries, Agrisud will present the project it is carrying out with the Hauts-de-Seine Department in CambodiaIADA project: Agro-ecological intensification and diversification of agriculture.

Organizers: Département des Hauts-de-Seine in partnership with Paris La Défense


  • Yvonnick Huet, General Manager, Agrisud International
  • Frédéric Apollin, General Manager, AVSF
  • Katia Roesch, Program Officer « Farming, Natural Resources and Climate Change », AVSF
  • Martine François, program Manager « Agriculture and sustainable food », Gret
  • Lucie Reynaud, Gret

Place: L’Alternatif – 9, voie de la Pyramide 92800 Puteaux

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Date: 16 October 2018
Time: 14 h 00 min  to  18 h 30 min

(Français) 20 ans du CARI au service de la lutte contre la désertification et la dégradation des terresRencontre débat

De 14h à 18h30

20 ans du CARI au service de la lutte contre la désertification et la dégradation des terres

“Quelle place de la société civile et quel rôle des autorités au Sud ?”

En présence, entre autres, de Monique Barbut, Secrétaire exécutive de la Convention des Nations-Unies sur la lutte contre la désertification et Xavier Sticker, Ambassadeur interministériel pour l’environnement.

Agrisud interviendra en 2e partie des rencontres dans le cadre de l’étude de cas sur la méthode Form’Action : un nouvel instrument au service des collectivités locales du Sud pour le développement des zones arides. Nous y présenterons les enjeux liés à la gestion durable des terres dans les territoires du Sud.

Organisateurs : le Centre d’actions et de réalisations internationales – CARI en collaboration avec le Groupe de Travail Désertification (GTD)
avec le soutien de l’AFD, du Ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères et le Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire

Animation :

  • Anne-Cécile Bras, journaliste et animatrice de l’émission « C’est pas du vent », RFI

Intervenants au débat :

  • Monique Barbut, Secrétaire exécutive de la Convention des Nations-Unies sur la lutte contre la désertification
  • Xavier Sticker, Ambassadeur interministériel pour l’environnement, France
  • Sylvestre Tiemtoré, Coordonateur du Secrétariat permanent des ONG (SPONG), Burkina Faso, membre du ReSaD
  • Nabil Ben Khatra, Coordinateur de programmes à l’Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS), Tunisie
  • Patrice Burger, Président fondateur du CARI

Intervenants à l’étude de cas :

  • Sylvain Berton, Directeur des opérations, Agrisud International et administrateur du CARI
  • Adeline Derkimba, Co-directrice en charge des programmes désertification, CARI
  • Fama Touré, Chef de division suivi/évaluation de l’Agence régionale de développement de Louga au Sénégal

Lieu : Agence française de développement – AFD : 5, rue Roland Barthes 75012 Paris

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Date: 21 September 2018
Time: 14 h 00 min  to  17 h 00 min

Agriculture durable et dynamisation des territoiresWorkshop – debate

From 14:00 to 17:00

“Sustainable agriculture and revitalization of territories”

Agrisud and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region will present the program Mahavotra: forestry, agroforestry and land use planning in Itasy Region.

Set up in 2008, its effects are real in terms of: food security, employment and improvement of people’s living conditions, preservation and resilience of territories, …

The debate will discuss the right levers to strengthen, the dynamics brought by territories’ actors in the service of a sustainable family farming.

Organizers: Agrisud and Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Chairmen speech:

  • Alain Rousset, Chairman of Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Robert Lion, Chairman of Agrisud

Introduction / Mahavotra Presentation:

  • Sylvain Deffontaines, Representative of Agrisud in Madagascar
  • Andriamirajo Ramarofidy M., Manager of the Itasy program
  • Manon Damalix, Volunteer at the decentralized cooperation unit Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Itasy



  • Isabelle Boudineau, Vice President Europe-International, Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Yves Guicquero, Assistant to the Executive Director of the Strategy, Partnerships and Communications Branch, AFD
  • Guillaume Debrie, Special Advisor to the Deputy CEO, IRD
  • Jean-Jacques Ramaroson, Director of CRFPA – centre de formation professionnelle agricole d’Ilofosana en Itasy
  • Michel Ange Jean-Noël, Chairman of the haitian NGO GRADIMIRH
  • Elphège Ghestem, Assistant Director of Operations, Agrisud

Place: Hôtel de Région / 14, rue François-de-Sourdis – 33077 Bordeaux

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