9h-9h30 - Introduction to Morning Plenary

Hilal Elver

Hilal Elver is a Research Professor, and co-director of the Project on Global Climate Change, HUman Security, and Democracy housed at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She previously taught at the University of Ankara Law School and was appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) appointed her as UNEP Chair in Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. She is currently the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Stéphanie Rivoal

Member of the ACF Board of Directors since 2007, Stéphanie Rivoal was elected president of the association in 2013. After ten years in investment banking in London, she decided to devote herself to social photography in 2003. She focuses particularly on children sponsored in hospitals or on the privacy of dependents. In 2005, she worked in ACF as coordinator in the Darfur mission, ahumanitarian commitment that she held onto in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel. At the heart of her fight are the structural causes of hunger, of course, but also the issue of women empowerment, the strengthening of local capacities, and the involvement of NGOS in long-term intervention contexts that require in-depth geopolitical and cultural knowledge.

9h45-11h15 - Panel 1: How does climate change contribute to food and nutrition insecurity?

Laurent Bopp

Laurent Bopp holds a diploma in Earth sciences and an academic diploma in oceanic physics. He is a qualified teacher and researcher in biology and geology, and held a thesis on carbon cycle. He is the research director of the Laboratory of Climate sciences and environment at the Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute. Currently working as a scientific modeler, focuses on carbon cycle in oceans on different scales of time. He is also working on oceans acidification and on the impacts of climate changes on oceanic ecosystems. Laurent Bopp participated in writing the chapter “Carbon cycle and other biogeochemical components” of the IPCC’s 5th report. He is a well-known author, particularly famous for “The ocean, the climate and us. A fragile balance?” (Paris, Le Pommier, 2011) and “Will fish starve to death (and us along with them)? (Paris, Le Pommier, 2010). Laurent Bopp will bring his expertise on the impacts of climate changes on oceans and continents, and on the 21st century forecasts on the consequences on food security.

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Born in N'Djamena, Chad, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an aboriginal woman of the Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad. Hindou is an expert on climate change mitigation and on the adaptation of Indigenous Peoples to climate changes, through; on African traditional herdsmen knowledge on adaptation issues; and an expert on gender and climate change in Africa. She is the coordinator of the Association for Indigenous Women & Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), member of the executive bureau of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), member of the United Nations Indigenous Peoples' Partnership, member of the Climate & Development Network and Co. and president of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

Ibrahima Coulibaly

Ibrahima Coulibaly has worked as a union activist within the Farmers Organizations of Mali for several years. He currently lives on a family farm and produces fruits, vegetables and cereals, and raises cattle. He used to be Secretary for External Affairs for the Association of Professional Farmers Organizations (AOPP), which was the first national federation of the farmers’ movement organizations in Mali. He is the president of the National Coordination of Farmers Organizations of Mali (CNOP) which federates 11 umbrella organizations that aim at enabling Malian farmers organizations to participate in the definition of a clear vision on agriculture and a to create consistent agriculture policies centered on family farming. Ibrahima is also the 1st vice president of the West African Network of Farmers and Producers Organizations (ROPPA). He is strongly committed to advocating for the right to food sovereignty. He wished to strengthen family farming practices in order to empower farmers and advocate for their autonomy. He was appointed FAO Special Ambassador during the international year of family farming in 2014 and still occupies this position in 2015.

Isabelle Austin

Isabelle Austin is UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative, whose office is based in Suva, capital of Fiji. Backed by over 10 years of experience in Southeast Asia, Ms. Austin was also Deputy Representative in Cambodia since 2006. Isabelle Austin has worked for UNICEF for more than 30 years.Isabelle Austin will testify as the UNICEF witness of the consequences of climate change on children and food security. UNICEF has occupied a field office in Vanuatu for more than ten years. Last March, cyclone Pam affected more than 60 000 children. All over the world, the number of children affected by climate-induced disasters has increased exponentially. Climate change is a risk multiplier in terms of food security. As the number of children suffering from hunger is growing, forecasts estimate that 30 million of them will be malnourished by 2050. Isabelle Austin will provide a testimony on the impact of climate changes on children, and will highlight the importance of a response which could integrate the increasing needs for water, hygiene, and sanitation.

Laetitia Van Eeckhout

Laetitia Van Eeckhout is working as a journalist for one of the most widely read newspapers in France, Le Monde. After a few years covering social an economic issues, she specialized in institutions and the State reform. She then covered the section on immigration and integration in the “Society” column. As for now, she is currently in charge of urbanization, sustainable cities and global food security issues.

11h40-13h - Panel 2: Which solutions can effectively promote food and nutrition security in the face of climate change? Limitations of existing solutions

Marcela Gómez Martínez

Marcela Gómez Martínez works as en environmentalist for the organization Censat Agua Viva - Friends of the Earth Colombia. She is in charge of the "Forests and Biodiversity" mission. Her work focuses on safeguarding communities and fighting against monocultures. Her expertise also enables her to assess the consequences of projects related to climate changes and the Kyoto Protocol, highlighting the ineffectiveness of these proposals in reducing GHG (greenhouse gases) emissions and the impact these have on food sovereignty in developing countries. After graduation in Biology from the University of Caldas, she is currently a member of the Observatory on Environmental Conflicts. She has studied and researched topics relating to forests, land, and conflicts linked to climate changes. She is committed to supporting the processes that safeguard communities and to fighting against forest extractivism and agrofuels.

Pascal Durand

Pascal Durand is a French politician. Co-founder of Europe Ecology (the French Green Party) in October 2008, he was elected Europe Ecology spokesman for the Green party in La Rochelle congress in 2011. He served as the national secretary of EELV from June 23rd, 2012 to November 30th, 2013. In 2014, he was elected Member of the European Parliament. He became coordinator of the Green Party-Free Europe Alliance group for the Parliamentary Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs. He is also an alternate member of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs.

Philippe Baret

Philippe Baret is an agricultural engineer specialized in tropical regions (1986). He holds a PhD in quantitative genetics (1995) and is currently professor at UCL (Catholic University of Louvain). He has been teaching analysis systems, genetics and agroecology since 1997. His research group focuses primarily on methodological dimensions in fields as diverse as bioinformatics, genetic diversity and agroecology. As for today, he is strongly engaged in a reflection on the role of agroecology as an alternative to industrial agriculture. He notably co-founded and chaired the FNRS contact group "Agroecology". He has conducted many theses on agricultural systems in Wallonia and Africa. In selecting his team's research topics, he gives particular priority to the characterization of the functioning of smallholding and family farming systems and the processes of innovation and transition.

Elise Rodriguez

Elise is the Head of Hunger and Nutrition in Action contre la Faim’s Policy and advocacy Unit. Action Against Hunger / Action contre la Faim (ACF) is an international humanitarian organization that fights hunger and its root causes worldwide through nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy. In 2013, ACF International worked in 47 different countries around the world with more than 5,000 employees and volunteers helping 9 million people in need. Elise has been working on the field of communications, policy and advocacy for non-governmental organizations for the last 13 years. She is graduated with a Master in Political Communication. She has an extensive experience on public campaigning and media work on HIV/health, education and hunger issues. Based in ACF France’s headquarter, she is providing leadership for policy, advocacy and campaigns on nutrition and hunger across ACF international network both at country and global levels.

14h-14h30 - Introduction to Afternoon Plenary

Pascal Canfin

Pascal Canfin is the Senior Advisor for Climate of the World Resources Institute (WRI). The think tank was ranked 2nd in the world on environmental issues. Former Minister of Development, former Ile-de-France MEP, he is currently of the co-director of the Master 2 program "International Cooperation, Humanitarian Action, and Political Development" of the University of Paris 1 with Olivier Nay.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson is the former President of Ireland and the Special Envoy of the United Nations on Climate Change. She was the first female president of Ireland and the seventh person to hold the presidency. She resigned from the presidency in September 1997, shortly before the end of her mandate, to take the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which she held until 2002. She is the founder and chairperson of her own foundation for climate justice: The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.

14h30-15h45 - Panel 3: Which solutions can effectively promote food and nutrition security in the face of climate change? True or false climate solutions?

Teresa Anderson

Teresa Anderson is the Research and Communications Officer on Resilience for ActionAid International. As an expert on climate change and the disaster risk reduction, Teresa Anderson focuses her work on environmental, economic, political, and health issues as well as community food security and sustainable agriculture.


Bharati Joshi, Technical Director of the Economic Development Unit of CARE INDIA, is responsible for the quality of livelihood building programs. Her 16 years of experience in research-action, capacity building, development programs and quality improvement have made her a specialist in the promotion of natural resources-based livelihoods. Her work for CARE International consists in providingtechnical support for livelihood initiatives and resilience-building in areas where tribal and untouchable peoples are over-represented. The project portfolio she is currently managing is focused on community-based adaptation, food security, women and farmers empowerment and productivity improvement.

Website of CARE India: www.careindia.org
Where the Rain Falls website in India: http://www.careindia.org/where-rain-falls

Pablo Tittonell

Pablo Tittonell is a professor in the Farming Systems Ecology Group at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. He is an agronomist by training and has worked for the private sector and the research sector. He holds a PhD in Ecology of production and resource conservation. His main areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology and farming systems analysis. He has participated in numerous projects in research and development, including CIRAD, focusing on a vast array of themes ranging from the resilience and adaptation of small tropical agricultural systems, peri-urban production of indigenous agroforestry, to carbon sequestration and conservation agriculture. He currently works as an associate researcher for the CIRAD.

Aurelie Ceinos

Aurélie CEINOS is the Climate Change Project Manager of CARE France. With a degree in management of development organizations and with 6 years of professional experience in France and abroad (Mali, Ecuador), Aurélie Ceinos works with CARE program teams for a better consideration of climate risks in the projects and strategies developed to sustainably respond to the needs of the most vulnerable. She leads the working group dedicated to disaster risk reduction in the Climate and Development Committee of Coordination SUD. She also works on the project "Where the Rain Falls" combining research and action to better understand and cope with the impact of climate change on food security and migration in 8 countries. Aurélie contributes to CARE advocacy efforts with national and international policy makers on issues related to climate, particularly on adaptation and food security.

Cristina Tirado

Dr. Cristina Tirado has been working on climate and environmental change, sustainable development, food and health issues with WHO, FAO, governmental and nongovernmental organizations and universities worldwide for 20 years. Currently she serves as adviser for the Pan American Health Organization and is adjunct professor at the School of Public Health of the University of California at Los Angeles. Her policy research focus on the co-benefits to health of climate change of adaptation and mitigation in the food & agriculture systems, and the co-benefits of green urban development. Cristina is moderator of the U.N. Standing Committee on Nutrition's Working Group on Climate Change and Nutrition, contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) last assessment report and she is a health advocate at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences of the Parties. As director of the Center for Public Health and Climate Change at PHI she has been mainstreaming Climate Change and Health at the UN Conference on Non Communicable Diseases at the UN General Assembly.

16h15-17h30 - Panel 4: How can we ensure the inclusion of food security and nutrition in the climate change agenda?

Ludovic Larbodière

Ludovic Larbodière graduated from the Ecole des Mines in Paris with a Diploma in Public Policies and Organizations Management. He is wurrently working for the French Ministry of Agricutlure, Food and Forests within the Climate environmental strategy Unit, as an expert on agriculture and climate change. He will attend the COP 21 as one of the French negotiator in Paris next December.

Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla

Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla is the Director of Environment and Classified Establishments under the Ministry of Environment of Senegal. He currently works as the Technical Advisor of the Prime Minister of Environment and climate changes. He has been involved in climate talks since 1994. As for today, he is also the Senegalese delegate for the UNFCCC negotiations. He is renowned for his commitment on mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Issifi Boureima

Issifi Boureima is the Technical Advisor for Environment and Sustainable Development in the Water and Environment Unit in the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Niger. Particularly invested in the intricate links between agriculture, livestock, renewable energy and sustainable development, he is also the representative of Niger during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change negotiations and he will participate as such in the COP 21 in Paris next December.

Ali Abdou Bonguere

Originally from Niger, Ali Abdou Bonguere is the coordinator for the NGO EDER Niger, in the Niger Climate and Sustainable Development Network which includes several NGOs working on climate issues and sustainable development. He has worked on many field projects related to energy, agriculture and food security under climate stress. In addition to his participation as a civil society representative in the development of national policies and guidelines on climate change and sustainable development in Niger, Ali Abdou Bonguere has participated in several United Nations conferences on climate change, particularly on food security issues.

Emilie Johann

Head of international advocacy at Secours Catholique- Caritas France, Emilie Johann has long been involved on issues related to climate change and agriculture. Graduated in philosophy in La Sorbonne, she's been working several years on climate and energy issues at Greenpeace, before working with WWF France. She later worked for a network of NGOs in Brussels, advocating for climate justice towards European institutions and the UNFCCC.


Stéphane Le Foll

Stéphane Le Foll is the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Forestry since May 2012. Since April 2014, he is also the government’s spokesman. He has directed François Hollande’s cabinet for the eleven years during which the current Head of State has spent being First Secretary of the Socialist Party (1997-2008). In 2006, Stéphane Le Foll, Edgard Pisani and other researchers from the Saint Germain group created a think tank on food and agriculture policiers, aiming at rethinking the agricultural project.

Bernard Pinaud

Bernard Pinaud is the Executive Director of CCFD – Terre Solidaire since 2010. He as a long experience in the organization, since he consecutively occupied the position of Programme Officer for the Caribbean, Central America and Andean countries, Head of Department for Latin America, before he became Director of Studies and Advocacy, where he led and coordinated the campaign “For the year 2000: cancel debt” and finally evolved to be the Director of Organizational Life in 2001. From 2002 to 2007, Bernard Pinaud was the Executive Director of the CRID (Research Centre on Information for Development) which encompasses 55 French organizations on the theme of international solidarity. During this time, he was an active member of the International Council of the World Social Forum and a member of the Organisation Committee of the European Social Forum.