Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, 35th Session
22-23 February 2012 (Rome, Italy)

In the context of the upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held from 4-6 June 2012, this session of IFAD’s Governing Council will be centered around the overarching theme “Sustainable smallholder agriculture: Feeding the world, protecting the planet”. The first day will open discussions on the centrality of smallholder agriculture to sustainable development and the green economy. Speakers and panelists will address the most pressing challenges in adopting evergreen approaches to smallholder agriculture. The second day will focus on finding concrete institutional solutions and specific policy proposals to adopt evergreen approaches to farming.

The meeting’s concept note recognizes that “indigenous farming traditions and knowledge represent an untapped resource in efforts to protect the world’s natural asset base, mitigate climate change and improve livelihood opportunities for smallholder producers”. Parallel regional events will address, among other issues: achieving food security in sub-Saharan Africa through conservation agriculture; and community and participatory management of natural resources: experiences from Mesoamerica’s indigenous peoples and forest communities. Visit the meeting’s webpage, including links to events and documents …