The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Side Events Agenda

Reconciling Agroecology and Biotechnology | U.S. State Department

10/19/2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual -

As the world looks to promote sustainable agriculture and fight food insecurity, agroecology (often incorrectly conflated with “organic farming” and “regenerative farming” by some international actors) and agricultural biotechnology continue to be two central topics in developing sustainably agricultural systems. Unfortunately, anti-GE sentiments that are principally driven by political pressures give the false impression that agroecology and biotechnology are incompatible with each. This side-event will seek to have an honest, science-based, and data-driven discussion to reconcile these two approaches to understand how biotechnology can serve as an important tool that can work in conjunction with agroecological practices to promote sustainable agriculture and help small- and medium-sized enterprises and farmers.



  • Matt Murray, U.S. Department of State Acting Assistant Secretary (host) 
  • Sarah Evanega, Cornell University Alliance for Science (moderator) 
  • Beth Bechdol, DDG, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (speaker) 
  • Nassib Mugwanya, North Carolina State University (speaker) 
  • Dr. Walter Suza, Iowa State University (speaker) 

Meeting Link

Few information about the event 

Event number: 2764 912 6947

Event password: YdMMm543462 (93666543 from phones)

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