The durability of food systems was at the center of many events at the end of the year. Agrisud contributed to 3 of them, by sharing its analysis and its field experiences with different publics: development professionals, scientists and consumers.
Virtual meetings to exchange: Food and Territory Forum, Solidarity Festival and 4th Global Conference on Food Security
The 4th edition of theFood and Territory Forum, dedicated to food resilience of the territories, gathered 700 delegates. Thefilmed speech of Agrisud concerned the vulnerability of food systems in the South and the solutions to implement in order to reinforce their resilience and durability.
The Solidarity Festival, attracts each year a young public who is interested in the questions linked to international solidarity. The screening-debate organized by the “Collectif Bordeaux Solidarités”, concerned the solutions for the world of tomorrow. Agrisud and PADED (Haitian Collective for the promotion of agro-ecology) exposed the solutions that agro-ecology offers to make food systems more resilient and sustainable.
As for the 4th International Conference on Global Food Security, it gathers many professionals from the North and the South: scientists and academics, institutional stakeholders, civil society organizations… The mini-symposium organized by Agrisud on December 4th, 2020, concerned the keys for a sustainable and resilient food production. The projects led in Morocco by Agrisud and the Norsys Foundation served as concrete examples. The speech of Jean-Louis Rastoin on the concept of territorialized food system broadened the subject and the exchanges.
Accelerating change for more sustainable food systems
The impact of the health crisis of Covid-19 on food systems took up an important room during these 3 events. Each time, Agrisud outlined the high variability of this impact, with negative effects but also sometimes some positive ones. All food systems were affected, but with a changing intensity according to the places, the period and the types of agricultural products.
This heterogeneity doesn’t permit to draw global conclusions but the analysis reveals determining factors for the resilience of food systems:
- The dependency level of producers to external production factors
- The level of diversity of production activities
- The level ofdiversity of commercialization channels
- The level of harmony between the offer and the food needs in a territory
In order to have more resilient food systems when facing crisis but also more performing and sustainable ones, Agrisud supports a family agriculture based on agro-ecology, led by the good integration of farms in the value-chains and markets and coordinated actions between several stakeholders among “territory projects”.