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

Wednesday 5 October

8.30 – 9.30


 Welcome and Registration


9.30 – 10.00








Session 1 – High-level opening session

Plenary moderated by SPONG

·      UNCCD

·       OSS

·       Occitanie Region

·       Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole

·       CARI




10.30 – 12.30













Session 2 – International Negotiations on Land: Challenges and Prospects

Session dedicated to a review of international negotiations, including a restitution of the latest commitments made within the Convention on Desertification (COP15 of the UNCCD, Abidjan, May 2022). The speakers will be invited to expose their points of view on these commitments and their scope in the face of the pressing issues of food security, drought…

Plenary session moderated by Global Soil Partnership

·       CENESTA – Drynet

·       FFEM

·       UNCCD

·       GEF

·       UNCCD

·       French Scientific Committee on Desertification


12.30 – 14.00





14.00 – 16.00












Session 3 – The opportunities of agroecology for development in drylands

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

  • Maryam Rahmanian, IPES-Food

Plenary session moderated by Agropolis International

·       IPES-Food

·       FAO

·       CARI

·       GRET/GTAE

·       CIRAD



16:30 – 17:30










Session 4 – Brakes and levers to upscaling agroecology

This session will provide an overview and analysis of the institutional, financial and governmental obstacles to the deployment of agroecology. The speakers will point out the political inconsistencies that remain, with regards to agriculture, environment, land tenure, etc. The speakers will also show, by testifying to their experiences, the opportunities represented by action at the territorial level.

Plenary session moderated by AFD

·       Both ENDS

·       IDDRI

·       Agrisud International

·       Islands of Peace


19.30 – 22.00



Welcome cocktail / Award ceremony for the press cartoon competition

Montpellier Mediterranean Metropole and Occitanie region




Centre Rabelais –

Adresse : 27 Bd Sarrail, 34000 Montpellier

Thursday 6 October



9.00 – 17.00




Workshops in parallel sessions

The four workshops will allow for the identification of lessons learned through the participants’ testimonies and the exchange of their experiences. Based on these lessons, the participants will develop recommendations for action and advocacy messages towards several targets.

Workshop 1


Agroecology for economic development


Workshop 2


Agroecology to preserve the environment


Workshop 3


Agroecology to ensure quality of life


Workshop 4



Agroecology, an asset for resilience in crisis situations




Detail of the workshops  
9.00 – 10.00 Introductory presentations – impacts of agroecology
10.00 – 12.30 Identification of lessons learned
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.00 Development of operational recommendations
Development of advocacy arguments and a roadmap



Centre Rabelais –

Adresse : 27 Bd Sarrail, 34000 Montpellier

Espace Martin Luther King (EMLK)

Adresse : 27 Bd Louis Blanc, 34000 Montpellier

Maison des Relations Internationales (MRI)

Adresse : 14 Dsc en Barrat, 34000 Montpellier

Centre Culturel Lacordaire

Adresse :  6 Rue des Augustins, 34000 Montpellier

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

·       SLM focal point, ministry of agriculture Burkina Faso

·       Caatinga, Brazil

·       Occitanie Region, France

·       Andhra Pradesh State, India


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

·       Green Climate Fund

·       European Union

·       GEF

·       UNCCD Focal point


13.00 – 14.30




14.30 – 15.30







Session 8 – Synthesis of Desertif’actions 2022

Plenary moderated by IUCN

·       Paris-Dauphine University

·       Mirova

·       Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique

·       SPONG – ReSaD, Burkina Faso



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

·       GEF


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

What role should agroecological transitions play in its implementation?

·       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

·       A march from the Place de la Comédie to the Peyrou in the afternoon



Conferences and talks

  • Marquee Résis’Tente
10.00 – 18.30










Session 1 – Agroecology and its multiple facets


Session 2 – Agroecology to feed the world


Session 3 – Agroecology to reconnect cities and the countryside


Session 4 – Agroecology for territorial development


Session 5 – Agroecology in the Mediterranean


  • 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

AFD French Development Agenciy
CARI Association CARI
UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
CSFD French Scientific Committee on Desertification
GEF Global Environment Facility
FFEM French Global Environment Facility
GRET/GTAE Working Group on Agroecological Transitions
ICRAF International Centre for Research in Agroforestry
IDDRI Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
IPES Food International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems
OSS Sahara and Sahel Observatory
SPONG Permanent Secretariat of NGOs (Burkina Faso)
UICN International Union for Conservation of Nature
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