Pre-Conference | 21 September

30 Years of PGS Development: A Root and Branch Appraisal

Main Topics:
  • Diversity:
    • PGS implementation and adaptation in cultural contexts
    • How social and cultural norms impact PGS
    • Marketing approaches
    • PGS benefits
  • Sustainability:
    • Participation, motivation, and strategies for ensuring economic viability of PGS initiatives
    • Government recognition and donor support
    • Benefits and challenges for upscaling PGS
    • Creation of international PGS networks
    • Scope of quality guarantee
  • Innovation:
    • Best practices for technology, knowledge building, and continuous improvement
    • How PGS initiatives are using digital tools to support social innovation
    • PGS strategies for building and managing knowledge and how other areas of concern (i.e. food safety, seed production) are addressed
Objectives:
  • Gather PGS practitioners and advocates from around the world to take stock on current PGS developments
  • Set new PGS strategies and targets
  • Define common goals for improving PGS worldwide
  • Offer a global platform for networking and exchange on PGS
Expected Outcomes:
  • A vision for the future development of PGS
  • A global declaration, supported by PGS stakeholders from all over the world, to be adopted during the main conference
  • Renewed dynamism, new contacts, and new ideas among participants
  • Potential new work streams and strategic foresight
  • Event recording – to be made available for open access on the internet and published event proceedings
Format
  • Plenary sessions and thematic break out groups
  • Opening plenary session with key note speakers. Focus on: “30 years of PGS”, celebrating what we accomplished and reflecting upon challenges.
  • Poster sessions
  • Strategic workshop (day before pre-conference) with a small group of PGS experts and practitioners

Participants will be invited to contribute to the program and suggest different formats and participatory group sessions.

Key Info

Dates:
21 September 2020


Contact:
Geoffrey Raout
Nature & Progrès
g.raout@natureetprogres.org


Language:
English
French and Spanish (to be determined)


Target Audiences:
PGS practitioners and advocates
Producers
Consumers
CSOs
Researchers supporting PGS
Donor organizations supporting PGS