In a concerted effort to address the pressing challenges facing global agriculture and food systems, the Cambodia Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensiﬁcation Consortium (CASIC) is gearing up to host the Transitioning Towards Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture: A Contribution to Food Systems Transformation (TARASA23) event. Scheduled for October 24th to 27th, 2023, this international workshop is set to bring together experts, stakeholders, and dignitaries from around the world to deliberate on the vital shift towards agroecology and regenerative agriculture.
CASIC, a key driving force behind sustainable agricultural practices in Cambodia, has a history of hosting impactful regional workshops. This series began in 2019 with the Regional Training on Appropriate Scale Mechanization for Conservation Agriculture. Building on this success, the 2nd workshop in September 2021 tackled the technical challenges of Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Intensification (CA/SI) adoption. The 3rd Annual Regional workshop, themed "Regenerative Agriculture through Agroecology, Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization, Bio sequestration, and Water Management," continued this trajectory, covering various dimensions crucial to agricultural sustainability. These successes have laid the foundation for TARASA23.
Co-organized by prestigious partners, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), the Agriculture and Safe Food System Transition (ASSET) project, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ISA) project and Swisscontact, and in collaboration with 4 per 1000 initiative, Agroecology Coalition and Operationalising the International Research Consortium on Soil Carbon (ORCaSa), TARASA23 enjoys sponsorship from prominent institutions such as the French Development Agency (AFD), The Embassy of France in Cambodia, The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), the European Commission, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The event is further supported by Eurocham Cambodia, World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) and Agroecology in Southeast Asia (ASEA). This lineup of partners underscores the significance of the event.
TARASA23 is poised to welcome distinguished guests, including His Excellency Dith Tina, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (TBC), His Excellency Jacques Pellet, French Ambassador to Cambodia; Markus Buerli, Director of Cooperation of SDC; Prof. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur, and Dr. Pablo Titonell, Senior associate researcher at the French International Cooperation Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CIRAD), CGIAR International Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) Commissioner. These eminent dignitaries will contribute their insights and expertise to the discussions that will take place during the event. The event will see more than 140 participants from 21 countries, including countries from Asia, South America and Europe.
The central theme of TARASA23, "Transitioning Towards Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture," reflects the urgency of addressing the environmental, climate, and health challenges associated with current agricultural and food systems. With the combined efforts of CASIC and its esteemed partners, this international workshop promises to be a significant milestone in advancing sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices, paving the way for a more resilient and ecologically responsible future in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Stay tuned for updates and insights from this pivotal event in the field of agriculture and food systems.
To find out more about the event details, please visit the official website at https://www.casiccambodia.net/tarasa. We look forward to welcoming all interested individuals to this transformative gathering. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the world of agriculture and food systems. We hope to see you all there!