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December 9 : Climate and Food Conference

The conference will be co-organized by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the Foundation of France, the Foundation Ensemble and the GAFF (Global Alliance for the Future of Food). It will address about the impact of climate change on the entire food chain.
  • Quand ?

    le 09/12/2015 de 18h00 à 20h00

  • Où ?

    Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme, 38 rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris

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    + 33 1 83 79 98 87

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The climate crisis provides an opportunity to question human societies’ organization models, so as to reach altogether environmental, social and economic sustainability. Food systems are the beating heart of societies. However, current food production and consumption models produce major negative externalities. Many local innovations yield promising results regarding the possibility of building sustainable food systems while tackling climate change but this require addressing challenges from a holistic perspective and not only environmental considerations. Foundations can be instrumental for this systemic change in many ways: supporting pilot projects, closing the gap between research and filed actors through participatory research, facilitating the dissemination of research results and practical actions toward decision-makers, developing research in strategic fields, reinforcing networks and promoting transversal and cross-sector synergies… Considering the needs, pooling and sharing knowledge and resources seems relevant to achieve significant results.

This meeting aims at providing key elements about food systems sustainability in the context of climate change and showcasing some examples of effective initiatives and approaches,  and giving an overview of various ways in which foundations can help build sustainable food systems while tackling climate change together.

Moderator: Hans Herren, Millenium Institute, Biovision & IPES-Food

  • Introduction and scientific framing on food system sustainability by Tara Garnett, Laureate Premio Carasso 2015, Food Climate Research Network, University of Oxford (10 min)
  • Negotiation debriefs: food systems in COP21 by Aurélie Ceinos, Climate Change Officer, CARE France (10 min)


  • A bottom-up perspective on sustainable food systems (30min)

Speakers will provide a view of what is at stake, both in developed and developing countries, and explain the potential of selected topics regarding the reinforcement of food systems' sustainability, illustrated through concrete and proven examples drawn from innovative projects and various beacons of hope.

- Acting of offer: resilient traditional farmer’s seed systems by Bob Brac de la Perrière (BEDE)

- Changing demand: social dimension in access to environmental friendly food by Mathilde Douillet (Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso) and Isabelle Duquesne (CFSI)

- Implementing territorial strategies for local and regional transition by Albane Gaspard (International Urban Food Network)


  • Presentation of collaborative initiatives between funders on sustainable food systems (15 min)
    - Agro-ecology Fund
    - European Foundations for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (EFC/EFSAF)
    - Global alliance for the future of food (GAFF)


  • Prospective elements and food for thoughts (15min) by Hans Herren


  • Open discussion with the audience (25 min)



Lieu : Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme, 38 rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris.

Accès : station Bréguet-Sabin, line 5 or station Chemin vert, line 8.


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