Discussions about the theme

2013, March 07th

Sustainable Development of Small Rural Communities in Marginal Areas


ABSTRACT Role of rural people in sustainable rural development in the South and East Mediterranean; Profile of the rural poor; Farming systems and livelihood diversification; Rural and urban linkages; Development of non-farm activities for the rural poor; Rural communities and access to markets and role in the value chain; Sustainable management of natural resources and adaptation to environmental changes; Decentralisation policies; Community participation in local governance; Research needed in biodiversity, integrated water and land management; diversification and sustainable intensification of production systems; economic and social issues; Farmers' innovations; Innovation system approach

SEED SPEAKER: Lamberto Lamberti Short bio
Lamberto Lamberti graduated in agricultural sciences from the University of Bari. He is currently officer at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, in the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development department. He holds a MScs in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (University of London, Imperial College at Wye) and on "Environmental engineering" Politecnico di Torico-Oxford Brooks University). He is engaged in research, training and cooperation activities relating to sustainable agriculture and rural development issues, with a special focus on agricultural research and extension services, small scale rural producers, people centred and territorial development processes. During his career he has matured an interersting experience on food security and development projects in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Albania, Lebanon, Morocco.
CORNER SPEAKER: Virginia Belsanti Short Bio
Virginia Belsanti, CIHEAM-MAIB consultant in sustainable agriculture, food and rural development has gained several years of experience in didactic and research tutoring in the framework of a post-graduate course in Sustainable Agriculture with a focus on small-scale farming innovation, natural resource management and social capital development. She has contributed to content definition and activities implementation of a number of development projects aimed at capacity building. She holds a master's degree in Diplomatic Studies and has worked abroad for six years as an executive in communication and information management within international media and publishing companies. She has an interest in development policies and social issues, cross-sector partnership development. She speaks English, French and German.
2013, June 10th

Agroecology and sustainable food systems: empowering local communities towards food sovereignty


ABSTRACT Agroecology as science, farming practice and social movement; critique of the corporate food regime and ‘global food security'; the concept of food sovereignty; empowering smallholder communities towards food sovereignty Institutional arrangements for food sovereignty

SEED SPEAKER: Prof. Graham Woodgate (Environmental Sociology of the Americas - University College London) Short bio
Dr. Graham Woodgate initially trained as a forester with the UK Forestry Commission and maintains keen interest in trees, forests and forest-dependent people. He took a PhD in political ecology from Wye College with a thesis focusing on links between ecological and cultural sustainability among the Mazahua people of Central Mexico. During the 1990s, he coordinated a British Council Higher Education Link Programme between UK agricultural universities and Mexican farming systems research institutions. Fascinated by all aspects of nature-society relations, Graham has a long-term involvement in the promotion of the environmental social sciences. He is currently involved in the emerging field of agroecology, a transdisciplinary intellectual endeavour that is particularly strongly rooted in the Americas and encompasses scientific research, agricultural practice and agrarian social movements. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.