Source: Soil Association
As part of the ‘Facing the Future’ theme of the Soil Association annual conference, which will celebrate innovation in food and farming, a workshop on the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) will be held. The conference will take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 2 March from 9 am to 5.30 pm, and the workshop will take place at the same day, from 2 - 4pm. The programme and further details are available here: http://www.soilassociation.org/conference
It is now four years since the publication of the IAASTD, the largest scientific farming study ever conducted, involving 400 scientists, and approved by over 60 countries. One of the key findings of the assessment was support for agroecological farming systems such as organic. This workshop will hear from experts in the area, along with an audience discussion to explore the progress that has been made to embed this approach into current food and farming systems policy, along with the policy blocks and future potential for action and innovation in this area. A new Soil Association briefing ‘Feeding the future: how organic farming can help feed the world’ will also be launched. The briefing can be found here.
The workshop will be chaired by Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director and organic farmer. Speakers are Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Dr Molly Anderson, Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems, College of the Atlantic and a Coordinating Lead Author on the North America/Europe section of the IAASTD, Dr Annette Freibauer, Deputy Director of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (Institute of Agricultural Climate Research) and Chair, European Commission’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), 3rd SCAR Foresight Exercise, and Dr Isobel Tomlinson, Lecturer in Environmental Geography, University of London (Birkbeck College), formerly Soil Association.