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
  • 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
  • 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

21 September 2020

Geoffrey Raout
Nature & Progrès

French and Spanish (to be determined)

Target Audiences:
PGS practitioners and advocates
Researchers supporting PGS
Donor organizations supporting PGS