Mr José Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) delivered the opening remarks at the Regional Symposium on Agroecology in Europe and Central Asia, held in Budapest, Hungary from 23-25 November 2016.
In his speech, Mr Graziano da Silva said:
“We need to go beyond sustainable intensification (…), we need the integrated approach that agroecology has to offer.”
“Agriculture is the only sector that can simultaneously adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. (…) There is no better example of adaptation and also mitigation than using agroecological techniques.”
“FAO is aware of the potential that agroecology has to offer in [Europe and Central Asia]. ] Knowledge and innovation are keywords here. The future of agriculture is not input-intensive. It is knowledge-intensive. This is the new paradigm. We need to adopt a vision of sustainability that provides food supplies, ecosystem services and climate resilience, especially for the poorest.”