About the Conferece

The first edition of the International Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanized Society was held in April 2012 at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The theme was Multifunctional Agriculture and Urban-Rural Relations, in which 253 participants from different countries attended the meeting and 19 working groups. The event aimed to bring together experts, academics, managers and organizations involved in agrifood issues and who were interested in discussing new food production, distribution and consumption strategies for the 21st century.

In 2015, the second Conference was held at Roma Tre University. Its central theme was: Reconnecting Agriculture and Food Chains to Societal Needs. This edition welcomed 370 participants and 24 thematic groups. On occasion, the 4th edition of the “Social Innovations for Future Agriculture” award was promoted by Icare, which recognized social innovations through agriculture and revolutionary best practices. This edition consolidated the international character of the event, encouraging the realization in other continents.

Brazil was chosen to host the third edition of the Conference in September 2015. From that moment on, the Research Group on Family Agriculture and Rural Development (GEPAD) from The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) started to mobilize other actors to discuss how to organize the 3rd AgUrb.

The theme of the 3ª edition was “Healthy food, socio-biodiversity, and sustainable agrifood systems: innovations from consumption to production.” The Conference was held from 17th to 21st September 2018, having a broad program that included international panels, symposia, presentation of scientific papers at thematic working groups, reports on experiences by civil society groups, feld trips and cultural activities. Held at UFRGS Central Campus, the Conference received 1,021 registrations from 30 different countries.

The III edition has implemented some changes in the focus and organizational process of the Conference. Four aspects must be highlighted:
1. Conference Focus: In this edition, the name of the Conference changed to include “Food” due to its relevance in contemporary societies and in recognition of the need to address production and consumption in a integrated and dynamic way.
2. Gender Balance: the composition of the International Scientific Committee has changed to embrace a higher number of women representatives and the design of all activities has considered gender balance as a key element in selection of speakers.
3. Multilevel Governance: In addition to the International Scientific Committee, a National Scientific Committee was included composed of 35 institutions active in different sectors of society such as academia, government agencies, companies and social movements. Both Committee had a key role in the definition of thematic, activities and in the consolidation of alliances. Locally, the Conference was conducted by a multidisciplinary Commission composed of 20 UFRGS departments linked to the agrifood fields. The AgUrb implementation was carried by an Executive Team, which currently gathers professors, technicians, and graduate students.
4. Mobilization process: Since 2016, a series of preparatory activities have been carried out in different cities in Brazil with the objective of mobilizing researchers, teachers, students and the community, in general, to participate in the III AgUrb. These activities also contribute to foster new local alliances in research and projects implementation towards sustainable food systems.

The more details on the III AgUrb, see our final report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k2FEOLt8of0ftc67laZAUfKEZLDzSiiQ/view