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The World’s Leading Platform for Global Food Transformation

Date: 12-13 June 2019 | Side events will take place on 11 and 14 June 2019
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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The EAT Stockholm Food Forum is a carefully curated event, open to up to 1,000 delegates by invitation only, which gathers top global thought leaders from science, politics, business, civil society and beyond.

EAT’s flagship event seeks to drive progress, share knowledge and help coordinate action across sectors and disciplines to embrace solutions that will transform the global food system.

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Bioversity International is actively involved in the EAT Forum events indicated here below. On this occasion, we will officially launch the Agrobiodiversity Index and its first report, focused on risk management and resilience.

Putting biodiversity back into food - Managing risks in food systems using the Agrobiodiversity Index

11 June | 9.30 - 12.30 | Saturnus Room, Quality Hotel Globe

This side event organized by Bioversity International will present the Agrobiodiversity Index Report 2019: Risk and Resilience. This report includes country results from the first run of this new tool for decision-makers and investors to measure agrobiodiversity in food systems.

The Agrobiodiversity Index is an innovative tool to measure agrobiodiversity across three dimensions - diets and markets, production, genetic resources - at different levels. It will help governments, companies and investors to measure the status of agrobiodiversity and assess to what extent their commitments and actions are contributing to its sustainable use and conservation, in order to stimulate actions towards food systems and landscapes that sustain the planet, drive prosperity and nourish people.

In this dynamic session, a short presentation on the Report and its results will be followed by a panel discussion on the nexus between sustainable food systems and biodiversity, and how agrobiodiversity can serve as a risk management element.



Sessions and Panelists

9.00 - 9.30

Participants' arrival

9.30 - 9.40


Richard China, Director of Partnerships, Bioversity International

9.40 - 9.55

Setting the scene

Fabrice DeClerck, Science Director, EAT

9.55 - 10.10

Measuring risks and seizing opportunities in food and agriculture - The Agrobiodiversity Index

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of Bioversity International and CEO-Designate of the Alliance of Bioversity international and CIAT

10.10 - 10.25

Rodrigo Barrios, Food Forever Initiative Manager, Crop Trust

10.25 - 10.40

Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

10.40 - 10.55

Dorothy Shaver, Global Sustainability Lead and Dietician, Knorr/Unilever

10.55 - 11.10

Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, EC-DG DEVCO

11.10 - 11.25

Jan Wärnbäck, Unit for Global Cooperation on Environment, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

11.25 - 11.45


11.45 - 11.50

Closing remarks

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of Bioversity International and CEO-Designate of the Alliance of Bioversity international and CIAT

11.50 - 12.30


Fixing flawed incentives: How business, civil society and policy makers can collaborate to transform food and land use system settings

13 June | 7:00 - 8:30 | Vintergatan Room

During this side event organized by the Food and Land Use Coalition, experts from business, civil society and government will take part in a set of round table consultations to explore how subsidy reform, international trade, land use planning, pricing externalities and regulation can create the right incentives for a food and land use system that enables us to meet the Paris Climate agreement, provides nutritious diets, protects biodiversity and promotes rural prosperity.

The race to save each other: Biodiversity, humans & food

13 June | 11.40 - 12.20 | Welcome Stage, Annexet

Though we often speak of our race to protect biodiversity, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and others flag that it may be biodiversity’s race to save humanity. The recently released IPBES report on Nature’s contributions to people minces no words: we are faced with unprecedented loss of biodiversity both in nature and in food.

Biodiversity loss now commands the same level of attention as climate change, and while protecting nature is our best bet at mitigating climate change, increasing diversity in our plates is our best bet for improving dietary health.

Main speakers:

  • Cristiana Pasca-Palmer, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General, Bioversity International
  • Marie Haga, Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust
  • Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

Moderator: Vanessa Hauc, Host, EAT Stockholm Food Forum

To manage agrobiodiversity, we need to measure it

Learn more

Agrobiodiversity Index Report 2019: Risk and Resilience