A side event of the fifty-first plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 51).

Date: 25 October 2023
Time: 8:30 – 9:45 AM CET / 06:30 – 7:45 AM UTC
Languages: English, Español and Français
Location: FAO Red Room and via Livestream


Agroecological approaches are increasingly recognized as powerful levers for solving major challenges that the current agricultural and food systems face. Thus, boosting finance in agroecology would greatly accelerate the food system transformations necessary to achieve the Rio Conventions’ targets on climate, biodiversity and desertification.

The Session will discuss:

  1. How synergistic implementation through agroecology leads to better outcomes, more coherence, increased investments, and reduced costs in implementing Rio Conventions’ targets.
  2. How varied funding strategies can be aligned and coordinated to boost investments in agroecology and accelerate food systems transformation.
  3. A methodological tool to track how much projects, programmes or portfolios of projects contribute to agroecological transformations, based on the 13 principles of agroecology.

The event is co-hosted by the Agroecology Coalition, Agroecology Fund, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, IFOAM – Organics International, and WWF.



Welcome and moderation

Lauren Baker, Global Alliance for the Future of Food


Intro: How is agroecology addressing the current global challenges of food security and sustainability


  • Social process and the multiplier effect, Tyler Short (La Via Campesina US and Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism – CSIPM)
  • Delivering the Rio Conventions’ targets, Madeleine Kaufmann (Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture – FOAG)


Panel: boosting finance to further support agroecology for food system transformation


  • Funding & policy strategies in Mexico, Victor Suarez (Secretary of Agriculture for Food Self-Sufficiency, Mexico)
  • Cooperating to increase funding for agroecology, Jasmin Hundorf (German Development Cooperation – GIZ)
  • A funding assessment tool to estimate contributions to agroecological transformations, Emile Frison (Agroecology Coalition)


Discussion with audience


Conclusions and way ahead

Rikke Olivera (International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD)

Photo credits: Pierre Ferrand/FAO