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16/04/2024

Transformation of food systems at the center of discussions on science, technology and innovation

On April 15, the Free Conference “Science, Technology and Innovation for the Ecological Transition of Agrifood Systems” began, co-organized by WTT, Embrapa, the Brazilian Agroecology Association and the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, Finance, Agrarian Development and Family Farming, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Education.

During the event, the challenges related to food sovereignty and security, which are aggravated by climate change, deforestation and inequalities, were highlighted as crucial points for formulating proposals for the 5th National Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation (CNCTI), which is the aim of the free activities.

The first day’s debates took place at Embrapa’s headquarters in Brasilia and were followed by more than 800 online participants. Gaston Kremer, WTT’s program manager, commented on the initial debate, which addressed the processes of technological transition and transformation in relation to agroecology and the importance of rethinking the National Innovation System. “It’s a very theoretical discussion, but it’s also important for us to rethink the SNI.”

Next, the contributions of networks, cooperatives and civil society organizations to Science, Technology and Innovation policies were discussed. Experiences were presented, from the Agroecology Centers, by Irene Maria Cardoso (from ABA), to the inspiring account of women’s experience in innovation at the Borborema Pole (Paraíba), by Roselita Vitor de Albuquerque, coordinator of the Pole and agrarian reform settler. The participation of women farmers and their respective experiences with innovation in their territories proved to be fundamental

Afterwards, there was a discussion with government representatives and science and technology institutes about the changes needed to improve the relationship with the perspective of the agroecological transition. The day ended with the social movements, such as Contag and ABA, giving a recap and drawing up recommendations to continue the discussions.

This Free Conference is aligned with the initiative “Agroecological transition as a strategic agenda for national science”, led by WTT with the support of the Ibirapitanga Institute and which consists of a continuation of initiatives such as Agroecologias do Brasil – mapping territories of agroecological innovation in Brazil and their respective challenges.

Since the inception of the Innovation Orchestration Center – a WTT initiative supported by iCS that works from the perspective of mission-driven innovation to map challenges, form special scientific teams and develop technological solutions based on collaboration and directionality – Family Farming has been worked on by WTT in the context of the sustainable development of innovations. This pillar of the IOC encourages and seeks a new form of agriculture and is also supported by Porticus