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Interview de Marie-Hélène Schwoob


Agricultural Transformation Pathways Initiative

2014 à 2018

Background and issues

In September 2015, UN Member States committed themselves to achieving the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Directly and indirectly, agriculture plays a central role in meeting the goals related to poverty, food and nutrition security, health, socio-economic development, and to issues of biodiversity, water, energy and climate.

It is crucial that all countries, developed and developing, now become engaged in the process of designing transformational trajectories for their agricultural and food systems, taking the long term into account and oriented towards achieving national priorities.

Research objectives

IDDRI, in association with Rothamsted Research, coordinates an international initiative designed to support countries in developing national transformation trajectories for agricultural and food sectors, through a participatory “backcasting” approach.

This Initiative aims to:

  • Support a national public debate through participatory approaches that make clear the terms of the transformation;
  • Shape an international learning platform on practical means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Initiative is intended to continue for a long duration and is divided into two main phases. The first phase, which was conducted between 2014 and 2016 in China, Uruguay and the UK, has produced a first series of “pilot” case studies. The aim of the Initiative is to encourage other countries to participate and exchange, as and when it progresses, to initiate a long-term process in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Finance and Partners








- 12 July 2016, New York
How to achieve SDG's? Two initiatives to support the development of national transformation pathways

- 30/31 May 2016, Bruxel 
The sustainable agriculture and food systems