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FAO Webinar: Organic Matter Management Webinar Series – Session 3

September 7, 2023 @ 2:30 pm 4:00 pm CEST

This webinar is being organised by the FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Crop Production and Agroecology.

Organic Matter Management Webinar Series: Options to contribute to sustainable production systems and the SDGs

The consensus on the urgent need for a global transition to agrifood systems that ensure food and nutrition security for all, while reversing environmental degradation and adapting to climate change was ratified at the UN food systems summit in 2021. It was also recognized that tackling such transitions requires a long-term perspective and holistic approaches, such as agroecology, which is increasingly acknowledged for its potential to meet the SDGs.

The webinar will focus on complementary perspectives of organic matter management as a key driver to redesign of agrifood systems to achieve sustainable agriculture and the SDGs. It will illustrate the spectrum of options for organic matter management and discuss their potential to optimize food production, reduce pollution and sanitation challenges, contribute to healthier livelihoods, mitigate and adapt to climate change, while protecting and restoring the environment. The webinar will feature a moderated panel discussion with expert speakers bringing in a range of perspectives on organic matter management, including research, advisory services, and policy.

Interpretation to French and Spanish will be provided.


TimeItem and presenter
14:30-14:35Opening remarks by Chikelu Mba, Deputy Director, Plant Production and Protection Division, NSP, FAO
14:35-14:50Keynote presentation: “Organic matter management of soil in a circular economy” Johannes Lehmann, Professor, Cornell University, United States of America
14:50-15:55Panel discussion, including questions from the audience:
– Pauline Chivenge, Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Tanzania. 
– Carlos Eduardo Cerri, Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
– Kate Scow, Professor, University of California – Davis, United States of America. 
– Keith Paustian, Professor, Colorado State University, United States of America.
– Martial Bernoux, Senior Natural Resources Officer, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, OCB, FAO
15:55-16:00Closing remarks by Vincent Martin, Director, Office on Innovation, FAO
The webinar will be moderated by Edmundo Barrios, Agricultural Officer, NSP, FAO