TEEBAgriFood Canada Workshop

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TEEBAgriFood Canada Workshop

By McConnell Foundation & Global Alliance for the Future of Food

When and where

Date and time

Fri, Apr 7, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EDT


Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre 63 Gould Street Toronto, ON M5B 1E9 Canada


We are pleased to invite you to a one-day workshop introducing the TEEBAgriFood initiative to Canada.

Special guests Pavan Sukhdev, environmental economist, “father” of natural capital, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, founder of The Economics of Ecosystem Biodiversity and Special Advisor to the TEEBAgriFood project; Alexander Müller, former Assistant Director General of the FAO and TEEBAgriFood Study Lead, and Harpinder Sandhu, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia will lead an interactive discussion about TEEBAgriFood’s work to undertake a comprehensive economic evaluation of agricultural systems, practices, products, or policy scenarios against a comprehensive range of impacts and dependencies across the value chain.

The TEEBAgriFood Initiative is unique in that it aims to assess a comprehensive set of externalities (environmental, health, social, cultural) - both positive and negative - across different farm scales, value chains, and policies, at the local, national and regional level, as well as at the global systems level.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet with three global leaders in the field of environmental economics and true cost accounting while they are in Toronto.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Introduce researchers, businesses and government in Canada to TEEBAgriFood and to the potential benefits of doing full-cost accounting studies using the valuation framework.

  • Solicit feedback on how TEEBAgriFood can be strengthened and enhanced as an innovative solution to the complex and entrenched ecological and societal challenges we face.

Generate ideas and concrete actions on how to apply TEEBAgriFood’s cutting-edge framework to work in Canada with key stakeholders.


8:30 Hot breakfast will be available

9:00 Welcome

Ruth Richardson, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Beth Hunter, J. W. McConnell Family Foundation

Lauren Baker, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

9:10 Introductions

9:40 The history and context of TEEBAgriFood

Presentation and discussion with Pavan Sukhdev

10:20 Break

10:35 TEEBAgriFood valuation framework and early findings

Presentation and discussion with Alexander Müller

11:15 Practical considerations of TEEBAgriFood application: Farm level and beyond

Presentation and discussion with Harpinder Sandhu

11:50 Applying TEEBAgriFood: Analysis across agricultural systems, practices, products, policy,

or national accounts

Discussion with Pavan Sukhdev, Alexander Müller, and Harpinder Sandhu, moderated by Beth


12:30 Lunch

1:15 Potential implications and applications of TEEBAgriFood in the Canadian context

Discussion with workshop participants, Pavan Sukhdev, Alexander Müller, and Harpinder Sandhu,

moderated by Ruth Richardson

2:15 Break

2:30 Roundtable discussions on application of TEEBAgriFood in Canada

Discussion questions to include:

- What approaches to TCA could be most applicable to your work?

- Could you foresee applying TCA and what would it take for you to apply TCA in your work?

- What can your organizations do to most effectively support TCA in your sector and across diverse

food systems?

3:15 Key insights from roundtable discussion for application of TEEBAgriFood in Canada

3:45 Concluding remarks by Pavan Sukhdev, Alexander Müller, Parvinder Sandu and Ruth Richardson

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