From 1-5 October 2014, 41 change makers from the growing agricultural biodiversity community came together in the Netherlands for the fourth abc meeting. Participants included farmers, pastoralists, practitioners and scientists and came from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.
For a transformation of our food system to happen, we need to understand and assess the benefits of agricultural biodiversity, scale out by enhancing the conservation, development and exchange of agricultural biodiversity and scale up by influencing decision makers. The agricultural biodiversity community builds on the experience, knowledge and creativity of farmers, pastoralists, practitioners and scientists from all over the world, who each hold different pieces of this puzzle.
The goal of this meeting was to create momentum for change towards agricultural biodiversity at scale by:
- Strengthening the basis for the agricultural biodiversity community to become a professional action-learning community
- Advancing three themes that provide entry points to understand and assess, scale out and scale up agricultural biodiversity
- Engaging with other stakeholders to identify blind spots, reflect and share experiences and perspectives