Global Landscapes Forum 2020

Via Zoom


Our global food systems depend on agrobiodiversity – that is, the vast diversity of crops, trees and livestock that underpins our entire agricultural system, make it less vulnerable to pests and diseases, and contribute to landscape restoration and resilience in the midst of the climate crisis. Through Sustainable Development Goal Target 2.5, we have pledged to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of all our agrobiodiversity by 2020. However, even though we have made significant strides towards hitting the target, we are still far from implementation.


October 28, 2020
4:00 – 5:00pm (CET; GMT+2)


Melissa Angel



The session will be divided into two sub-sessions (30 minutes each) and three ‘lightning talks’ (5-7 minutes each), with the following structure:

Introduction: Video 1, Biodiversity for Resilience series

Lightning Talk 1: Charlotte Lusty – The future of gene banks: the challenge of ex situ conservation in a Post-COVID world

Lightning Talk 2: Maarten van Zonneveld – Putting biodiversity to use: Genebanks at the nexus of conservation and utilization of crop diversity

Biodiversity for use , how materials stored in gene banks offer great potential for more resilient agricultural systems and improved farmers’ livelihoods

Moderated by Filippo Bassi (ICARDA)


  • Ren Wang, Beijing Genomics Institute
  • Ismahane Elouafi, ICBA
  • Alejandro Argumedo, Asociación ANDES
  • Maria Andrade, International Potato Center (CIP) or Joanna Kane-Potaka (ICRISAT)

Break: Video 2, Biodiversity for Resilience series (farmers, dedicated stewards of plant diversity)

Lightning Talk 3: Marie Haga (IFAD) – A sustainable future for farmers – gearing towards the Food System summit

Session 2: Paving a way forward, a new vision for 2.5 in the Post-2020 Agenda

Moderated by Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank ( TBD )


  • Kent Nnadozie, International Plant Treaty-FAO
  • Belay Begashaw, SDG Center for Africa
  • Alwin Kopse, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture or Kim van Seeters, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture
  • Paul Smith, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

Launch of the Chefs‘ Manifesto Podcast – Food Forever series