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2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress

November 15, 2021 - November 18, 2021

Agrobiodiversity is the foundation of resilient, sustainable, and nutritious food systems. Increasing the sustainable use of agrobiodiversity in production and consumption systems can help address some of the most pressing challenges facing our planet: malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation. The 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress will convene experts, practitioners, and policymakers to showcase scientific findings and innovative nature-based solutions, policies, and practices using agrobiodiversity that can make our food systems more sustainable.

To boost dialogue among relevant stakeholders and better understand the role that everyone can play in agrobiodiversity management and conservation, the Italian Government and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT are organizing the 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress in partnership with national and international research institutes and the UN Rome-based food and agriculture agencies.

The Congress will help build partnerships and networks to mainstream agrobiodiversity from production to consumption and provide a platform to discuss models and incentives to strengthen the capacity of indigenous, local, and regional food systems to deliver the diversity of foods required for a healthy diet and enable greater resilience and faster recovery from crises.

The Congress, which will be completely virtual, is hosted by Italy from Novmber 15 to 18, 2021.

The Congress will build upon the work initiated by the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (India, 2016), which culminated with the adoption of  the Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management.


  • Provide evidence of agrobiodiversity‚Äôs role in positively transforming food systems; and explore the links between agrobiodiversity loss, malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation.
  • Showcase existing solutions and business opportunities to turn science into action and enhance multi-sectoral collaboration on sustainable use and conservation of agrobiodiversity.
  • Inform implementation of commitments on food systems agreed upon at major international conventions and celebrations (e.g. the UN Food Systems Summit, the UN Global Biodiversity Framework, the COVID-19 Food Coalition, the Italian G20 Presidency , and the UN International Year of Fruit and Vegetables 2021), and highlight the importance of healthy diets for people and planetary wellbeing.¬†

The Congress is designed to facilitate multidisciplinary, inclusive, interactive, and action-oriented dialogue through a scientific symposium complemented by high-level policy discussions, a business forum, TED-style talks, a start-up competition, and several breakout sessions and side-events to broaden reach and impact. The Congress also includes a marketplace and a food exhibition to display healthy and biodiversity-rich diets. As a tribute to the host country, the Congress provides space to the Mediterranean diet as an example of traditional, healthy, diversified, and sustainable nutrition.

In the lead-up to the Congress, a series of agrobiodiversity dialogues will shape the development of the Rome Declaration on Agrobiodiversity for Food Systems Transformation, which will complement commitments arising from the 2021 international events on food systems.

The Congress is pleased to invite all authors who wish to present an article or poster to submit their abstracts to the Scientific Committee. Priority will be given to abstracts that offer critical or reflective comments related to the Congress themes, demonstrate links with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) biodiversity targets as well as the wider food system ramifications. The deadline for abstract submission is 30 June 2021. Read more about the call for abstracts.

Contact: iac-secretariat@cgiar.org


November 15, 2021
November 18, 2021
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Government of Italy
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT