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What to Expect

Learn about current dynamics, innovative approaches and promising partnerships for sustainable water use benefits and shared solutions from around the world

Space for dialogue and sharing of your own experiences and expertise

Platform for networking with dedicated people, reflecting mountain development priorities in view of global change

Help build strategic alliances and partnerships for a mountain specific climate and development agenda

Key Objectives

Gain a better understanding of the complex interactions between agricultural biodiversity, food systems and poverty under the impact of global change

Explore enabling partnerships and alliances strengthening food and nutrition security, alleviate poverty and safeguard agricultural biodiversity

Collect, share and analyze best practices from around the world that are helping to make food systems more resilient and sustainable

Full Objectives of Thematic Track 2

The high level of food and nutrition insecurity endured by mountain people in developing countries is due to a number of interacting factors, including high poverty incidence, resource degradation, climate change, and inadequate policies. Farming in mountains is challenging, and farmers often depend on a small number of selective adapted crops. Improving access to markets without supportive measures has it own challenges; in some places, improved accessibility has resulted in an outflow of mountain products with a high nutritional value to the lowlands, and an inflow of cheap low quality food to the mountain areas. In  this session track, we seek to better understand the complex interactions between poverty, food systems and agricultural biodiversity, and how these are influenced by policy and institutional frameworks under global change.

T - 1.2    Current trends and dynamics

We are looking forward to receiving contributions exploring the interactions between agrobiodiversity, food and nutrition security and poverty in mountain areas globally. We particularly invite abstracts helping to better understand how these complex interactions respond to interventions at the local level, but also how global change is impacting the nexus of food systems, agricultural biodiversity and poverty in mountain areas.

T - 2.2    Pathways towards a sustainable mountain future

Here we seek contributions helping us to gain a better understanding on how food systems in mountain areas which usually rely heavily on ecosystem services can be made more resilient and sustainable, i.e. improving the nutrition security and local livelihoods of mountain communities without jeopardizing the agricultural biodiversity.

T - 3.2    Enabling partnerships

Here we aim to identify and discuss partnerships and alliances off the beaten path stimulating and enabling innovative and collaborative solutions. We welcome contributions helping to create a sound understanding of successful and empowering models of collaboration and how we can learn from them.

Guiding Questions

What are the key determinants of poverty, food and nutrition security in mountain regions?

Why are ‘poverty and food insecurity pockets’ so persist in mountain areas? How are they connected to agricultural biodiversity?

How are poverty and agrobiodiversity connected in a mountain environment/social-ecological system?

What are proven best practices and solutions for conserving mountain agrobiodiversity and ecosystem services?

How do they impact food systems in the short and long term?

What promising partnerships and alliances exist reinforcing food and nutrition security and local livelihoods?

Contribution and Submission Process

Short abstracts (350-400 words) are invited to address one of the four core themes for the review by the scientific steering committee. Selected authors  will be asked to present their contributions at the WMF 2018 in a poster format followed by a 7 minute ‘flash-talk’. Inputs are sought to discuss potential collaborative mechanisms, innovative partnerships and alliances conducive to reconciling demands and claims. Please refer to content and suggested guiding questions to address and shape your proposed contribution accordingly.

All proposals should be submitted using the forum's official website. Deadline for contribution proposals is Sunday 29 July 2018, 11:59 (GMT +6).

When and Where

Please refer to the conference programme.

Track coordinators: Golam Rasul and Philippus Wester (ICIMOD), Mark Whitton and Melad Karim (AKF)