Rural-Urban Linkages and Sustainable Food Systems
17 June 2022

Rural-Urban Linkages and Sustainable Food Systems

The lecture discusses the global resource availability to address food security in an urbanized world and the sustainability of agriculture and food systems for feeding the world now and in the future. The requirements for food and nutrition security for cities and peri-urban areas will be discussed and the policies, tools and conditions for enhanced urban-rural linkages for sustainable food systems would be presented. Examples of eco-cities and producers/consumers connections for healthy food systems will be presented and discussed.

Prof. Dr. Parviz Koohafkan

Prof. Dr. Parviz Koohafkan

President, World Agricultural Heritage Forum (Italy)

Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing (China)

Professor, Beheshti University, Teheran (Iran)

Professorial Senior Research Fellow,

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto (Japan)

Rome (Italy)

Brief Bio

Dr. Parviz Koohafkan is an Iranian Nationality with a Ph.D. in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Montpellier France, and an Engineering Degree in Watershed Management from the University of Teheran, Iran. He was professor of Ecology and Natural Resources management in Iran and Montpellier, France and worked as Chief Technical Advisor for Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Haiti and Ecuador. He moved in 1992 to FAO headquarter in Rome and held several Senior positions in Sustainable Development Department. of FAO in Rome. He was the Director of Land and Water Division, Director of Climate Change and Bioenergy Division and Director of the Rural Development Division of Sustainable Development Department of Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO). He was also the Task Manager of several Chapters of Agenda 21 from 1992 to 2012 particularly chapter 14 on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (SARD). He conceptualized the UN Global Partnership Initiative on “Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)” and submitted to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002. He retired from FAO at the end of 2012. Since his retirement, he has been working as the Founder and President of the World Agricultural Heritage Forum as well as Senior Research Fellow in Bioversity International, Senior Consultant for FAO, IFAD, Norwegian International Cooperation, etc. providing guidance and conceptualization of programs and projects, technical assistance and capacity development in Sustainable Food Systems; Water Food and Energy Nexus, Climate Change adaptation and mitigation and mobilizing bilateral and multilateral funding resources from institutions such as Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund, EU and other funding institutions. He was the member representing the Middle East Region to the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights (2019-2020).

Highest Education


Expertise Areas

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development; Agroecology and Agricultural Heritage Systems; Integrated Natural Resources Management and Ecosystem Restoration; Biodiversity and Genetic Resources Conservation and Sustainable Use; Farmers Rights to Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; Family Farming; Food Security and Sustainable Food Systems; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Environmental Impact Assessment; Land Degradation Assessment; Land Use Planning and Management; Integrated Landscapes Management

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17 June 2022

Time: 16.00 Hours – 17.30 Hours Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Zoom ID & Link: 984 2553 9290

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