Marie-Helene Schwoob, agronomist (INA-PG) and PhD in political science, focuses on the sustainability and transformation of agriculture and food systems. After having managed the Energy and Environment Program at Asia Centre, a think-tank based in Paris focusing on contemporary Asia, she joined IDDRI in 2011, first as a Ph.D. candidate at Sciences Po Paris on China’s agricultural modernization and then as a research fellow coordinating the Agricultural Transformation Pathways Initiative, an initiative that aims at supporting countries in the development and implementation of national transformation pathways towards more sustainable agricultural and food systems. Conducted in partnership with research centers such as Wageningen University and under the auspices of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations, the initiative, today, gathers seven countries. Marie-Helene Schwoob also regularly teaches master's students courses at Sciences Po Paris, Université Paris Dauphine and Université Paris Sud, and is a member of the editorial board of the Déméter.
2 published articles
In Uruguay, the pilot phase of the Agricultural Transformation Pathways (ATP) initiative has worked on defining development pathways for a more sustainable agriculture and a radical transformation of the agricultural system.
China’s agricultural modernization model is today faced with significant limitations in terms of social and environmental sustainability. The change in trajectory, which will be difficult, will not come about without a recognition of smallholders.