Presentation at the “FAO Geneva Agriculture Trade Talks”

Presentation at the “FAO Geneva Agriculture Trade Talks”

On March 19, Jorge Sellare spoke at the FAO Geneva’s webcast series Agriculture Trade Talks. The series started in 2018 and it aims to be a platform for dialogue where member countries can discuss about trade policies and agreements that are conducive to improved food security.

This latest iteration of the webcast was titled “Agri-food Value Chains (GVCs) & Sustainability Certification.” It counted with the participation from members of the academia, the private sector, development organizations, and representatives of three FAO member states. The panelists spoke about how standards can contribute to sustainable development, emerging trends in sustainably-certified products, and the potential of new technologies that can facilitate traceability across value chains.

Jorge Sellare presented a brief overview of the latest research on the impacts of certification under sustainability standards on smallholder farmers in developing countries. He presented some evidence that sustainability standards can have positive impacts on all three dimensions of sustainability, but highlighted that the average effects tend to be rather heterogeneous. He emphasized the importance of distinguishing between different standards and noted that we still have a significant knowledge gap regarding how value chain structures might affect whether and how smallholder farmers benefit from certification.

More information about this event can be found at the FAO Geneva’s website (http://www.fao.org/geneva/news/detail/en/c/1379083/) and the full recording can be seen below.

 

 

Political Regime and Energy Transitions: SABIO at the IV Forum of Sociology, organized by the International Sociological Association

Political Regime and Energy Transitions: SABIO at the IV Forum of Sociology, organized by the International Sociological Association

No dia 25 de fevereiro, nosso colega, Guilherme de Queiroz Stein, participou da sessão Politics of Climate Change, organizado por Riley Dunlap, da Oklahoma State University, e Kerry Ard, da Ohio State University. Guilherme apresentou o trabalho intitulado “Does democracy metter? Exploring the influence of the political regime in energy transitions”. A pesquisa, previamente desenvolvida na Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, tratou de explorar a relação entre níveis de democratização e o percentual de energias renováveis presente na matriz elétrica em uma amostra de 136 países. Os resultados, ainda em caráter exploratório, apontaram uma alta correlação entre os dois fenômenos, sendo que a hipótese mais plausível para explicar a relação seria a adoção de políticas regulatórias. Assim, em sistemas democráticos, observar-se-ia um aumento da probabilidade de se adotar políticas que estruturam mercados de energias renováveis, as quais passariam a ser fundamentais para se avançar em transições energéticas.


Confira abaixo a lista de todos os trabalhos apresentados na sessão:

Risk and Adaptations to Climate Change in China’s Ecological Civilization Project: For a Differentiated Analysis of Eco-Compensations in the Sustainability Debate – Niklas WEINS, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, and Leila FERREIRA, Campinas State University, Brazil

Does Democracy Matter? Exploring the Influence of the Political Regime in Energy Transitions. – Guilherme DE QUEIROZ STEIN, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Democratic Values and Climate Change Views: A Cross-National Multilevel Analysis – Jennifer GIVENS, Utah State University, USA and Kyle KNIGHT, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA

Public Engagement Under Authoritarian Environmentalism in China: Climate Change Communication Networks on Weibo – Yixi YANG, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Power, Knowledge and Networks in Climate Change Policy-Making: A Japanese Case -Jeffrey BROADBENT, University of Minnesota, USA

The Geopolitics of Climate Expertise: State, Power, and North/South Relations – Tiago RIBEIRO DUARTE, University of Brasília, Brazil and Jean Carlos MIGUEL, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

Science Slam-Talks presentation on paper industry in South America, Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig

Science Slam-Talks presentation on paper industry in South America, Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig

Karen Siegel participated in the Science Slam Talk series on bioeconomy organised by Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig (in German). Using the example of the paper industry and the pulp mill conflict between Argentina and Uruguay during the 2000s, she discussed in which ways bioeconomy development may support sustainable, inclusive and peaceful development and what some of the challenges are. The other panellists included Ulrike Neumann with a presentation on microalgae and Sebastian Kistler with a discussion of ethical principles in bioeconomy. The discussion was hosted by Julia Offe and Holger Kühnhold.

Presentation of the global expert survey on Designing Sustainability Governance for the Bioeconomy at the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020

Presentation of the global expert survey on Designing Sustainability Governance for the Bioeconomy at the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020

Thomas Dietz, Karla Rubio and Jan Börner participated of The Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 Plenary Session on November 20, presenting the Global Survey of Bioeconomy experts. In his second edition, after it was first launched in 2017, the 2020 survey was conducted among 5000 experts from 49 countries on centred in three main areas: background information, follow-up questions and government assessment. The overall guiding questions were to address how are we doing in promoting and regulating bioeconomic transformation and what can be done to improve bioeconomy governance. Based on the data analysis and results, the authors developed a set of recommendations for policy makers at the national and international level in order to fill bioeconomy governance gaps emerging from its promotion (enabling governance) and its regulation (regulatory governance).

Watch the presentation here:

To access the full survey:

https://gbs2020.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/GBS-2020_Expert-Survey_web.pdf

Virtual seminar with Daniela Gomel on 4 December

Virtual seminar with Daniela Gomel on 4 December

Virtual seminar with Daniela Gomel on 4 December “Mere deployment of renewables or industry formation, too? Exploring the role of advocacy communities for the Argentinean energy policy mix”.

Daniela Gomel is a political scientist (University of Buenos Aires) with an MSc in Energy Policy (SPRU, University of Sussex). She also attended postgraduate courses on electric mobility and the precautionary principle for sustainability transitions. She will present her research on the policy processes that result in policy mixes for sustainability energy transitions and how they impact on the socio-technical changes (for more information, please see: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.02.003)

Daniela is now a policy specialist at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina and teaches energy and public policy in different universities. Previously she worked in the public sector and for other NGOs focusing on energy and agriculture policy and participatory processes.

Please e-mail Karen.Siegel@uni-muenster.de if you would like to participate in the seminar.

IAMO Forum 2021 – Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy

IAMO Forum 2021 – Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy

The IAMO Forum is an annual conference organized by the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies. The 2021 edition of the conference will focus on how the transition to a bioeconomy may shape agrifood systems and affect global food and nutrition security. The conference will take place on 7-9 June 2021 and the deadline to submit abstracts is 24 January 2021.

Find out more here.

ICABR Conference 2021 – Call for abstracts

ICABR Conference 2021 – Call for abstracts

The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) has opened the call for abstracts for its 25th annual conference. The conference will take place from June 29 – July 2, 2021, in Ravelo, Italy. Its focus will be on the challenges and opportunities caused by COVID-19 for building a more sustainable and resilient bioeconomy.

Proposal for organized sessions, papers and posters should be submitted via the conference web-site. The deadline for submission has been extended to January 15th, 2021. Submissions will be reviewed and information about acceptance circulated by January 30, 2021.

Click here for more information.

GBS 2020 kicks off!

GBS 2020 kicks off!

The Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 will open on Monday, November 16th. This year’s virtual meeting will start off with a series of three-day long workshops and follow-up with plenary sessions on the 19th and 20th of November, which will focus on innovations to achieve a sustainable bioeconomy.

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is co-organizing two workshops. The first workshop will be held on November 18 and will focus on international policy instruments and governance of the bioeconomy and circular economy. The second will be a two-parts workshop, taking place on November 16 and 18, and it will address regional cooperation for innovative bioeconomy pathways to promote health and well-being.

Find out more information about the GBS 20202 here.