Long-term agricultural transformations: national scenarios for a global issue

  • 13th December 2016
  • by secretary

Together with Rothamsted Research, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) coordinates an international Initiative that focuses on developing, adapting and applying practical toolkits for countries to build national pathways that could help them meet the targets of high priority for the future transformation and development of their agriculture and food sector.

The primary outcomes this Initiative will achieve will be:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of transformation pathways, supporting national debates;
  2. An international learning platform;
  3. Concrete knowledge on how to deliver the SDGs.
In both Southern and Northern countries, the continuation and extension of large-scale, highly mechanized, input-intensive specialized agriculture is being challenged by those who point to its environmental and socio-economic limitations. 
The framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all the countries of the planet in 2015, indicates the necessity, in every context, of a long-term transformation to produce positive social, economic and environmental results in multiple areas (poverty, food and nutrition security, health, socio-economic development, biodiversity, water, energy and climate).

Based on initial results from pilot countries, this session will aim to discuss the potential of such an approach to remove the main obstacles to the necessary transformations.

  • Marie-Hélène Schwoob (CIRAD) will review the findings of the initiative over the past few months in pilot countries such as Uruguay, China and the United Kingdom. (24 slides) 
  • Étienne Hainzelin will focus particularly on agricultural transformation pathways in regions such as Africa. He has coordinated the book Cultivating biodiversity to transform agriculture (Springer Edition 2013).


14 December 2016. Cancun, Mexico. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), GIZ and the France-IUCN Partnership organize a Side-Event at the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity COP13 (4-17 December 2016) on Innovative Financial Mechanisms for long-term biodiversity conservation. 

This side event invites Parties and other stakeholders to share lessons learnt on innovative financial mechanisms and their role in sustainable financing strategies for protected areas at national and site-level. It will showcase practical examples and present highlights of a review of experiences from international cooperation (including French and German). IDDRI & France-IUCN Partnership and GIZ studies on Innovative Financial Mechanisms for long-term biodiversity conservation, including in Africa, will also be presented.


  • Mr. Yann Laurans, IDDRI: Innovating for biodiversity conservation in African protected areas: funding and incentives. Insights from 3 countries. 
  • Mr. Augustin Berghöfer, UFZ: Enhancing the financial sustainability of biodiversity conservation Conclusions from a review of experience in German development cooperation. 
  • Ms. Katia Karousakis, OECD: Sustainable financing of marine protected areas.
For more information, see below and here.