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Whose evidence counts? Exploring evidence for Agroecology, Regenerative Approaches, and Indigenous Foodways

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9:00 EST, 14:00 GMT, 15:00 CET


TABLE and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food are hosting a panel discussion centred around the “Politics of knowledge”, the first section of the Global Alliance report: Understanding the evidence for Agroecology, Regenerative approaches, and Indigenous foodways. We'll look at questions including: what knowledge and evidence counts and to whom, and who decides which evidence is legitimate for making policy or ushering in food systems transformation?

We’ll have 6 speakers (3 report contributors and 3 outside) to reflect on whose knowledge counts exploring where there are conflicts between what evidence at particular scales is accepted as legitimate, the uneven access to decision-making and consequences for different stakeholders, and what it would take to shift paradigms in the future. The report contributors will reflect on the process of writing the report, and the ‘outsiders’ will offer thoughtful ‘counter-narratives’ or concerns about a meaningful shift in who has power to transform food systems.

The event will be streamed via Zoom Webinar. Attendees can watch the event and type their questions or comments in the Q&A section, which we will try to bring into the discussion. We will also encourage authors to answer comments and questions in the Q&A section.

Post-event, the session will be available to view on our YouTube channel and respective websites.


  • Francisco Rosado-May (report contributor) Founding President and Full Professor, Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo Member (Mayan Intercultural University and works with The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty.
  • Hassan Roba (report contributor) Program Officer for the African Rift Valley for The Christensen Fund
  • Clara I. Nicholls (report contributor) Centro Latinoamericano de Investigaciones Agroecológicas
  • Sara Farley, Managing Director, Integrated Operations, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Tim Searchinger, Senior Fellow and Technical Director, Food Program, World Resources Institute
  • Mario Herrero Professor of sustainable food systems and global change in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University


  • Lauren Baker Senior Director of Programmes, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, serving on TABLE Advisory board

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About the Global Alliance for the Future of Food
The Global Alliance is a strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together and with others to transform global food systems now and for future generations.


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