Small-scale food producers’ role for sustainable food systems

Date: 2023-11-23

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Address: The Royal Swedish Academy Of Sciences, 4 A, Lilla Frescativägen, 114 18 Stockholm,

Venue: Beijer Hall

Last date for registration: 2023-11-21 23:55

This seminar will address the opportunities and challenges faced by small-scale food producers in transforming the global food system, including the issue of scale and with perspectives from both the global south and global north.

The contributions of indigenous, smallholder and family-based food-production systems, both on land and in water, to the global food supply are considerable. They often conserve crop diversity, maintain landscape heterogeneity and implement sustainable practices. However, over the past 30 years, around 200 million jobs have been lost in food production globally, driving people to leave rural regions.

Making progress on internationally agreed sustainability goals for will require major changes to how the world’s food is produced and distributed. This will include empowering the people who already are producing a significant share of the world’s food, with this production becoming more sustainable, profitable and creative.

The pre-requisites for this empowering will be discussed by 2023 Volvo Environment Prize Laureate Eduardo Brondizio together with Doctor Jamila Haider and small-scale farmer Courtney Adamson and the audience.


Welcome address and Introduction
Professor Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Taken for granted. Smallholder food producers’ a pivotal place in the world
Professor Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University

What is ’Enough’? Insights from a small-scale Alpine dairy farm
Dr. Jamila Haider, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Coffee break

Panel discussion and views from audience
Professor Maria Tengö, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Panel: Eduardo Brondozio, Jamila Haider and Courtney Adamson


The event is free of charge and open to the public, but registration is required. We will also live-stream the symposium on this webpage. Please note that registration is only required for participation in person.

The seminar is organised by the Beijer Institute in collaboration with
Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Volvo Environment Prize Foundation

Photo: IStock

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