Provisional agenda of the summit
 5 to 8 October 2022 – Montpellier, France

Wednesday 5 October 

Centre Rabelais
Adresse : 27 Bd Sarrail, 34000 Montpellier

8h30 – 9h30  Welcome and Registration


9h30 – 10h


Session 1 – Opening session of Désertif’actions 2022

Plenary moderated by Sylvestre Tiemtore, Permanent Secretariat for NGOs (SPONG – Burkina Faso)

          • Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD – Germany)
          • Nabil Ben Khatra, Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS – Tunisia)
          • Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (France)
          • Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie Region (France)
          • Michaël Delafosse, President of Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole (France)
          • Patrice Burger, President of the association CARI (France)


10h – 10h30                         Tea/Coffee break  


10h30 – 12h00


Session 2 – International Negotiations on Land: Challenges and Prospects

  Round-table moderated by Marioldy Sanchez Santivañez, AIDER (Peru)

Review of the latest international negotiations, including a restitution of the latest commitments made within the Desertification Convention (COP15 of the UNCCD, Abidjan, May 2022). The panelists will expose their point of view on these commitments and their scope with regards to the pressing issues of food security, drought…

          • Nahid Naghizadeh, CENESTA/Drynet (Iran)
          • Stéphanie Bouziges-Eschemann, FFEM (France)
          • Alain-Richard Donwahi, Chair of the COP15 of the UNCCD (Côte d’Ivoire)
          • Lazare Tagnabou, Ministry of the environment/UNCCD focal point (Burkina Faso)
          • Jean-Luc Chotte, French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD, France)
          • Global Environment Facility (GEF – to be confirmed)


12h – 14h                             Lunch break  


14h – 16h


Session 3 – The opportunities of agroecology for development in drylands

Plenary moderated by Mélanie Broin, Agropolis International (France)

Scientists and civil society representatives will detail the results of recent projects that evaluated the effects of agroecology in drylands, with a focus on land degradation and territorial development. The session will show the relevance of agroecology to address issues of world hunger, adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, etc.

          • Emile Frison, IPES Food (Italy)
          • Dario Lucantoni, FAO (Italy)
          • Jérôme Enjalbert, CARI (France)
          • Laurent Levard, GRET/GTAE (France)
          • Eric Scopel, CIRAD (France)


16h – 16h30                         Tea/Coffee break 


16h30 – 18h


Session 4 – Obstacles and opportunities to upscaling agroecology

Round-table moderated by Sandra Rullière, AFD (France)  

Overview and analysis of the institutional, financial and governmental obstacles to the deployment of agroecology. The speakers will review the policies on agriculture, environment, land tenure, as well as the opportunities represented by action at the territorial level.

          • Nathalie van Haren, Both ENDS (Netherlands)
          • Léa Graafland, IRAM (France)
          • Louis-Etienne Diouf, Agrisud International (Senegal)
          • Ayesiga Buberwa, Iles de Paix (Tanzania)
          • Oriol Barba, MedCities (Spain)


19h30 – 22h




Welcome cocktail / Award ceremony for the international press cartoon competition “Lands and Droughts”

Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole and Occitanie region

Address :Reception Room, Hôtel de Ville

Place Georges Frêche, 34000 Montpellier 

Thursday 6 October


8h30 –    17h30     



Workshops in parallel sessions

Four participatory workshops will allow sharing of experiences and testimonies between participants to identify lessons learned on agroecology advantages. Based on these lessons, the participants will develop recommendations for action and advocacy messages towards several targets.

Workshop 1

Centre Culturel Lacordaire 

6 rue des Augustins 

34000 Montpellier 



Agroecology for economic development

Facilitated by Sylvain Berton, CARI and Eric Scopel, CIRAD

Introductory presentations:

        • Bruno Losch, CIRAD (France)
        • Arsène Sawadogo, ARFA (Burkina Faso)
        • Nisrine Lamine, Norsys Foundation/Agrisud International (Morocco)
        • Désiré Ouedraogo, Tree Aid (United Kingdom)


Workshop 2 

Espace Martin-Luther-King 

27 Bd Louis Blanc 

34000 Montpellier 


Agroecology to preserve the environment

Facilitated by Clémence Vidal, Region Occitanie and Hocine Irekti, INRA Algeria

Introductory presentations:

        • Martial Bernoux, FAO (Italy)
        • Nahid Naghizadeh, CENESTA (Iran)
        • Mahamadi Sorgho, Terre Verte (Burkina Faso)
        • Tekalign Ayisse Messore, Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD, Ethiopia)
        • Bernard Bonnet, IRAM (France)
Workshop 3 

Maison des Relations Internationales 

14 Dsc en Barrat 

34000 Montpellier 



Agroecology to ensure quality of life

Facilitated by Léa Graafland, IRAM and François Grenade, Iles de Paix

Introductory presentations:

    • Patrick Caron, Agropolis International (France) 
    • Laeticia Jalil, CAATINGA (Brazil) 
    • Josephine Ng’ang’a, RECODA (Tanzania) 
    • Thierry Desvaux, AFDI (France) 
Workshop 4 

Centre Rabelais 

27 Bd Sarrail 

34000 Montpellier 



Agroecology, an asset for resilience in crisis situations

Facilitated by Katia Roesch, AVSF and Stéphanie Bost, Maison des sciences et de l’Homme

Introductory presentations:

            • Marc Dufumier, CARI (France)
            • Emilie Perrousset, GIZ/Prosoil (Germany)
            • Tolotra Ranaivoharimanana, CTAS (Madagascar)
            • Abdel Bacet Hamrouni, ACDD (Tunisia)

Provisional detail of the workshops  

8h30 – 9h   Participants arrival
9h – 10h  Introductory presentations – impacts of agroecology
10h – 12h  Identification of lessons learned
12h – 14h  Lunch break
14h – 17h30  Development of operational recommendations, advocacy arguments and a roadmap

Friday 7 October


9.00 – 10.00











Session 5 – The progress made by public authorities for the agroecological transition

The speakers will present successful experiences in mobilizing political and economic decision-makers in favor of agroecology, at different scales. The exchanges will inspire the participants of Désertif’actions, by showing that the advocacy of civil society on agroecology contributes to move the lines.

Successful experiences in mobilizing political and economic decision-makers

Round table moderated by  CARI

·       Caatinga, Brazil

·       Occitanie Region, France

·       Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO)


10.00 – 11.00



Session 6 – Restitution of group work

Plenary moderated by OSS


11.00 – 11.30


Coffee break



11.30 – 13.00











Session 7 – Open dialogue session civil society / donors and decision makers

This session will allow Desertif’actions 2022 participants to present their advocacy recommendations for the transformation of agricultural and food systems and sustainable land management to a panel of institutions and state representatives. The panelists will be invited to respond to these recommendations, and to outline their institutions’ current and future commitments to agroecology.

Round table moderated by CARI

·       AFD, France

·       Green Climate Fund

·       European Union

·       GEF, USA

·       Ministry of Environment, Mauritania


13.00 – 14.30




14.30 – 15.30







Session 8 – Synthesis of Desertif’actions 2022

Plenary moderated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

·       Paris-Dauphine University

·       Mirova

·       Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique

·       Farn/Drynet/CSO Panel, Argentina




15.30 – 17.30





















Parallel panels – Relevant policy frameworks for agroecological transitions

1.     Local authorities and their international initiatives

What relevance does agroecology have in meeting the challenges of sustainable food systems?

·       General Secretary of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

·       Executive Secretary of the UNCCD

·       City of Arusha, Tanzania

·       Autonomous District of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

·       Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole, France

·       Representative of the Cuban delegation, Cuba

·       GEF


2.     The Great Green Wall Initiative, prospects for achieving the objectives by 2030

What role should agroecological transitions play in its implementation?

·       Observatory of the Sahara and the Sahel

·       SPONG – ReSaD, Burkina Faso

·       UNCCD

·       Great Green Wall national agency, Burkina Faso

·       ICRAF

·       SOS Sahel

20.00 – 23.00


Final Concert Place du Peyrou

·       Le chauffeur est dans le pré / Onda Ya / Jungle box


Centre Rabelais

Adresse : 27 Bd Sarrail, 34000 Montpellier

Saturday 8 October


10.00 – 19.00








International festival of lands and seeds

Public event organized with Semeurs de Jardins and Marchés Paysans

·       Exhibition village

·       Conferences and talks

·       Music animations

·       Food and beverage court

From 15:00: Large popular walk for Lands and agroecology


Conferences and talks

  • Marquee Résis’Tente
10.00 – 11.30









11.30 – 13.00







14.00 – 15.30







15.30 – 17.00







17.00 – 18.30






Session 1 – Agroecology and its multiple facets

Round table

·       CARI, France

·       Iles de Paix, Tanzania

·       Norsys Foundation, Morocco

·       Condamine (Urban farm), France




Session 2 – Agroecology to feed the world

Round table moderated by Patrice Burger, CARI

·       UNESCO Chair, France

·       SPONG-ReSaD, Burkina Faso

·       Les Greniers d’Abondance, France

·       AIDER, Peru


Session 3 – Agroecology to reconnect cities and the countryside

Round table moderated by Agropolis international

·      Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole, France

·       Forgotten Fruits and the Green Belt collective, France

·       Torba, Algeria

·       Representative of the Cuban delegation, Cuba


Session 4 – Agroecology for territorial development

Round table moderated by Pierre Leray, Montpellier Supagro

·       CIVAM Bio 34, France

·       Pays coeur d’Hérault, France

·       ENDA Pronat, Senegal

·       Agrisud International, Haiti


Session 5 – Agroecology in the Mediterranean

Round table moderated by Clémence Vidal, Occitanie region

·       Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier, France

·       Occitanie Cooperation, France

·       Farmer, France

·       APEB, Algeria


  • Marquee Tent’actions

10.00 – 18.30


Projects pitch by period of 20 minutes


  • Marquee Impac’Tente

10.00 – 18.30


To be defined


Place Royal du Peyrou

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