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The objective of this webinar in this 2021 Super Year of Food Systems Summits, Climate and Biodiversity COPs, World Forest and Conservation Congresses is to introduce and showcase five compelling stories. They show how diversification is a solution, both to climate resilience (more secure food from more varied and robust agroforestry systems) and to climate change mitigation (locking carbon into trees and soils in those systems).
The mobilization of large farmer organization to spearhead diversification within and between their multiple membership groups can drive a paradigm shift away from large-scale corporate monocultures, which are highly inequitable and vulnerable to climate threats. FFPO businesses embody greater diversity and equity because they are founded on the multiple diverse smallholdings and democratic interests of their members. Diverse baskets of products produced from these FFPOs spread risks of climate-related failures and reduce overdependence on the market price stability of single products. Diversification has also stood smallholders in good stead during market shocks triggered by COVID-19. Case studies attempt to answer the research question – “what elements of diversification (ecological, economic and social) have made a telling contribution to resilience for different contexts?”