New age of agriculture in the Ufita Valley, Southern Italy: an original exciting approach to rural development through the “Expo generation”

Luogo : Avellino, italy, Europe
Sustainable development of small rural communities Sustainable development of small rural communities
Budget totale: € 240.000,00 | Periodo: Da gennaio 2010 A


Il principale elemento di debolezza strutturale delle aree rurali della Campania è l’età elevata degli addetti e la  scarsa innovazione. Di conseguenza il vasto patrimonio di biodiversità di ortaggi, cereali e frutta che  potrebbe essere una grande risorsa per il rilancio in agricoltura in queste aree non è sufficientemente esplorato e subisce erosione genetica a causa dell’invecchiamento della popolazione e dello spopolamento. Il progetto i valorizza la biodiversità locale e ne introduce nuova coinvolgendo direttamente i giovani  della Valle dell’Ufita. I risultati scientifici del progetto sulle mele antiche, sulla cicerchia e sulla quinoa mostrano l’importanza tra biodiversità (“Best Practice”) e nutrizione determinando un miglioramento della diversità nutrizionale e della qualità alimentare nella Valle dell’Ufita. I principali beneficiari sono i giovani in cerca di prima occupazione, gli agricoltori dell’area, le comunità locali ed i consumatori affetti da intolleranze alimentari.


Institute for Mediterranean Agriculture and Forestry- National Research Council - Italia

Candidato guida

The ISAFoM is a competitive research and integrated structure in the European research system, international and national levels. The strategic objective of the lines of research of the Institute is to contribute to sustainable development of the agricultural and forestry system in consideration of the effects of climate change along the following lines of research: - the integration of research conducted in different UOS on specific aspects of the biological and ecological balances in view of their application in the optimal conservation of forest resources for agricultural distributed in regions with a Mediterranean climate; - enhancement and innovation of agri-food and forestry environments in a Mediterranean climate, with particular attention to their overall quality; - cultivation and use of non-food products and by-products of the processing of food products for energy purposes; - study of methodologies of the effects of the atmosphere and climate on present and future productive behavior and interactions with the natural and human environment of crops using measurement platforms aero-flow, methods of correlation turbulent aero-flow and mass balance in the atmospheric boundary layer; - monitoring, advanced planning, inventory and valuation of ecosystem services of forest resources.

Slow Food Irpinia Ufita Hill and Taurasi - Italia

Partner dell'iniziativa

Slow Food is a non-profit organization that has 100,000 members in 150 countries around the world. Founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, has the goal of promoting worldwide the food good, clean and fair. Good to eat, for its organoleptic qualities, but also for the values of identity and emotional that door. Clean because it is produced in an environmentally friendly manner and environmentally friendly. Just because it conforms to social equity in production and marketing. For Slow Food must return to giving the right value to food, respecting those who produce it, who eats it, the environment and the palate. So Slow Food is committed to: • protect the real food - discover the goods protected by Slow Food Presidia Ark of Taste cataloged ones, those sold directly from those who produce them at Earth Markets. • promote the right to pleasure, from knowledge, sociability, conviviality, pleasure. Because the more you know, the better you choose, the better live! Sharing food favors the encounter, dialogue and the joy of being together. Be captivated by the events that Slow Food organizes daily dinners, tastings and other events near your home. And do not miss the great events of the Slow Food network: Cheese, Slow Fish, Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre. • spread the gastronomic culture: to go beyond the recipe, because we are behind a food manufacturer, territories, emotions and knowledge. With your card you special discounts to the Master of Food, books and guides of Slow Food Editor, events and "premises friends." • educate the future: the future needs fertile soil, plant and animal species, less waste and more diversity, less concrete and more beauty. If you know the food you eat can help the planet. This is what Slow Food promotes activities with schools and families, and with projects such as the Gardens in Conduct and 1000 Gardens in Africa.

Higher Education Institute G. DE Gruttola of Ariano Irpino (AV) - Italia

Partner dell'iniziativa

The Istitute of higher education “G. DE Gruttola” di Ariano Irpino (AV), "one school a lot knowledge" is a reference in the Valle dell'Ufita and has three different specializations: Services for Industry and crafts; Services for agriculture and rural development; services for the food and wine and the hotel sector. The school is equipped with specialized laboratories in three different themes and is actively involved in research projects on training and specialization of the students. Recently was honored by Apple for the realization of the ebook that students and professors have been able to eliminate paper books.

The main elements of structural weakness in the rural areas of Campania are the average age of farm workers and the scant level of innovation. Consequently, the vast heritage of vegetable, cereal and fruit biodiversity which could be a great resource for relaunching agriculture in these areas is not sufficiently exploited and is subject to genetic erosion due to rural depopulation and aging. Therefore the project aims to capitalise on local crop diversity and to introduce new plant genetic resources, directly involving the young generations of the Ufita Valley. Recovering local knowledge is an integral part of biodiversity management and is useful for land conservation. These activities which chiefly target young people may be considered the necessary instrument to introduce social and occupational innovation in small rural communities.

The main innovation was to involve schoolchildren directly and actively in research projects in biodiversity and food safety. Given that many are sons and daughters of farmers working on 2000 hectares the Italian National Research Council (CNR), “G.De Gruttola” Higher Education Institute and Slow Food decided to take measures to train a new generation of future farmers and technicians who are much more attentive to the impact of farming on the environment but also capable of enhancing the heritage of plant genetic resources in this area. Original new ideas included both the involvement of students to define a protocol for growing Quinoa (Quinoa Felix, Measure 124 PSR 2007-2013), a crop never before introduced in Italy, and to train up via specific courses new professional profiles such as biodiversity steward farmers (Salve, Measure 214 PSR 2007-2013).

From school to farm Thanks to an agreement with the National Research Council, for the first time in Italy the students of IIS- G.DE Gruttola tested an innovative crop in marginal upland areas: quinoa or, to use the Inca name, "chisiya mama", mother of all seeds. The crop is a viable alternative or supplement to traditional products in severely depopulated areas where the presence of young people in agriculture is fundamental for land conservation and to limit the damage of climate change.
School-work alternation Fourth year students at the De Gruttola Higher Education Institute for Industry and Crafts during an internship focusing on allergens performed at the CNR, Institute of Bioscience and Bio resources, in Naples. The innovative project of the Ministry of Education allowed them to acquire skills on techniques to identify allergens in cereals and in particular in quinoa. This activity completes that of students at the same school who sowed quinoa on their farms.
The second life of forgotten fruit Primary school children from Villamaina (province of Avellino) produce and take home ancient fruit from Irpinia. Each child will be responsible for a single variety and will monitor their growth over the years. Villamaina is a small upland town in the Ansanto Valley mentioned by Virgil in the Aeneid. In the last 30 years depopulation has led to a 30% decrease in the number of inhabitants (currently 900).

The context for the research and dissemination activities is the Ufita Valley, noted in the past for its cultivation of tobacco. Since 2010, in this context, with the reduction in direct incentives for production, this crop has become unprofitable. Hence some far-sighted farmers have reintroduced with success local ecotypes of both herbaceous crops and tree crops well adapted to the environment: they do not need to be fertilised, irrigated or weeded, and they are also able to supply highly nutritious and healthy products, extending the quantity and quality of food available to consumers. The ability to invest in local genetic resources, rediscovering the value of crops and ecotypes which require low energy inputs for growing and enhancing food quality, is the primary objective pursued in the technical training of young farmers from the Ufita Valley.

Flumeri "City of Oil" Flumeri (AV) 3022 habitants has had over the last years a profound transformation of its economy which has also had a positive impact on the landscape. The last five years in this area were produced up to 20,000 quintal of tobacco. Today tobacco has been completely replaced by the cultivation of olive thanks to the diffusion of the ecotype of olive called Ravece whose oil has a very high amount of phenols valuable to human health. With this choice city today is known as the " City of Oil”.
Hill of japanese sauce The economy of Montecalvo Irpino (AV), 3865 habitants has always been based until a few years ago on cereal and especially tobacco. After the abandonment of tobacco, thanks to innovative and courageous entrepreneurs was reintroduced a local ecotype of tomato "Altavilla" that grew in clay soils in hill and does not need to be watered. After the difficult position in the domestic market has found its final consecration, thanks to its excellent quality in the Japanese markets.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf After age of tobacco The rural area of Ufita Valley (extended approximately 675 sq km). The area up to 2010 was mainly cultivated in tobacco (9500 hectares), thanks to the Community contribution but with the decoupling of agriculture found to find viable alternative crop was a primary necessity. Today, tobacco is estimated to occupy only 200 acres due to be replaced by new biodiversity ecotypes of tomato, wheat and olive characterized by high nutraceutical value and cultivated with low energetic input.

The agronomic, nutritional and health characteristics of the crops studied as part of the project highlighted very interesting results. From the analysis of four bean ecotypes (Phaseolus vulgaris) it emerged that the native ecotype “Fagiolo di S. Lupo” has almost double the protein content of the others while two old apple (Malus domestica) cultivars have the same nutritional characteristics as some standard cultivars but fewer allergens. Grass pea (Lathyrus sativum) has a higher content of polyphenols and greater antioxidant capacity than chickpea (Cicer arietinum) but less than lentil (Lens culinaris). Quinoa and amaranthus showed high yields, excellent protein content and a higher fibre content than cereals. The project results show the importance of biodiversity (“Best practice”) and nutrition, which combine to enhance nutritional diversity and food safety in the Ufita Valley.

Legumes, as bioeconomy for rural land Legumes have a positive impact on food security and the environment because they allow to broaden the base of protein for human consumption and improve the efficiency of the resources used in agriculture due to less use of fertilizers. The heritage of Campania is rich in legumes and SALVE project highlights major differences in the protein content (+ 40%) expressed in mg protein / mg power of Bean seed of the Queen of S. Lupo cultivar compared with four other ecotypes studied.
../file-system/small/ppt ../file-system/small/ppt Quinoa a resource for food safety Quinoa crop-symbol of the Andean highlands, known throughout the world for its high nutritional value which makes it an important agricultural resource in the fight against nutritional deficiencies and food safety. In its proteins are present all the essential amino acids necessary for the functioning of our body. The Quinoa seeds also contain no gluten. Slide show the first scientific results of Quinoa ed Amaranto irrigated with saline water.
../file-system/small/ppt ../file-system/small/ppt Welcome back ancient fruit Chianella and Cassanese are two traditional apple cultivars found in upland Irpinia. Compared to the standard cultivars, Red Chief and Golden B, they show a similar firmness and resistance to manipulation and also a higher cold storage ability. They have the same nutritional characteristics as standard cultivars but fewer allergens. Therefore, they meet the high quality standards demanded by the market and, above all, are two typical products bringing ancient flavours that deserve reappraisal.

The main beneficiaries are young people looking for their first job; farmers in the area in question; local communities. Training of the steward-farmers will allow them to count upon a safe income if the cultivation of plant ecotypes in extinction is ensured for at least five years. The young farmers who introduce innovative crops such as Quinoa and Amaranthus broaden the availability of food products required for those affected by food intolerance. Moreover, they may lead to the start-up of gluten-free production chains, thereby creating new jobs and introducing both technical and social innovation. The increase in biodiversity in this rural area from a mix of tradition and innovation thus responds both to occupational and societal needs, given that the Villamaina Biodiversity Park tended by the students is a historical and cultural amenity for the inhabitants of the area.

Steward farmers of plant biodiversity The loss of biodiversity is one of the main environmental issues that has already passed the so-called "planetary boundaries" with a current rate of extinction per million species per year plant of 100 compared to the 0.1 pre-industrial. The action f1 measure 214 SALVE Project therefore establishing a new professional figure that for endangered species guaranteeing an income for at least five years.
Last day of school in the park Student of IIS- "G. DE Gruttola" at work on quinoa and ancient fruit in the Villamaina Biodiversity Park during last day of school (June 3, 2014). The final beneficiaries of this storical and cultural farm are the habitants of area.
Quinoa FelixMeasure 124 An event was held in July 2014 in Montecalvo Irpino (3865 inhabitants) at the farm of Dr. Giuseppe Stiscia. All institutions and farmers were invited to visit the quinoa promo field of two hectares cultivated in Campania. In addition, after the scientific reports we were also able to taste quinoa-based products made by the Bakery Casale del Principato based in Avellino. Therefore the ultimate beneficiaries of this research are the farmers, the entrepreneurs in the bakery sector and all consumers.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Ancient fruit of f Irpinia Biodiversity conservation and the recovery of native ecotypes should be seen as measures to promote sustainable development of the rural population. The fruit heritage in Irpinia has been handed down by our ancestors, thanks to their culture and their skill at selecting some of the most delicious fruit in the world. This can become a driving force for agricultural development in this area. This project indicate the names the steward-farmers who are the ultimate beneficiaries of each ancient fruit.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Increasing food security with Quinoa The measure Quinoa 124 Felix evaluated the possibility of using this pseudo cereal to develop new bakery products to consumers. Have been developed mixtures of flours for bread obtaining the Panquinoa with quinoa flour content of between 25% and 50% and sweet products such as almond biscuits and cookies "glutin free" with quinoa and rice flour. The final beneficiaries are the consumers with celiac disease or food allergies, the entrepreneurs in the bakery sector and all consumers.

The Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean of the Italian National Research Council, headquartered in Ercolano, province of Naples, participated with five researchers and 1 technologist with experience in the sustainability of Mediterranean agricultural systems. Six experts from the Irpinia Ufita Hills and Taurasi branch of Slow Food took part, contributing with their contacts with school principals and their knowledge of typical local products. A teacher from the Higher Education Institute of Ariano Irpino and an ornithologist from the non-profit Association for Research and Dissemination Environmental Education (ARDEA) also took part. Finally, a more numerically substantial contribution was made to the research projects “Ancient fruits of Irpinia”, “Quinoa Felix”, and the innovative project “School-work alternation” by 15 pupils from the second, third and fourth years of the De Gruttola Higher Education Institute.

Dr .Pulvento FAO consultant Among the participants in the project a major contribution was made by Dr. Cataldo Pulvento FAO consultant for Quinoa in Italy and Tajikistan. He has conducted research on Quinoa in Co.Alta project, in the European project SWUP-MED and in Quinoa Felix also collaborating in the Project SALVE on plant biodiversity in Campania. He attended both students and young farmers and new farmers who have signed cooperation agreements with the CNR -ISAFoM.
The new age of agriculture Students taking part in the project on biodiversity and food security in the Ufita Valley at work in Villamaina Biodiversity Park. Middle schools in Villamaina (AV) "symbolically" planted the ancient fruit for the project "Ancient Fruit of Irpinia". Teacher Michele Montuori,worked with the students in order to reconstruct the park where research project of Ancient fruit of Irpinia and Quinoa Felix started last year.
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Employment action group The largest group comprised students from the De Gruttola Institute in Ariano Irpino, comprising 15 students of various ages and four teachers. Two CNR institutes, namely ISAFoM and IBBR, fielded 13 researchers and two technicians; the University a professor and an ornithologist from Ardea. Four farmers provided their expertise on tobacco crop conversion in the Ufita Valley, and an entrepreneur provided her expertise on sustainable tourism in rural areas.

There were various difficulties which were partly overcome. Direct pupil involvement was difficult, seeing that few principals responded to the invitation. This problem was solved thanks to the contribution of Slow Food which directly contacted schoolteachers in the area. As regards the protocol for growing Quinoa, difficulties in sowing due to excessively small seed and the weather pattern created problems for the students, who in part saved the crop. By contrast, farmers encountered little technical support in finding an immediate alternative to tobacco and outlets for new products. In the case of tomato, excellent quality resulted in the produce being sold overseas, while for durum wheat farmers receive too small a subsidy per hectare for sustainable production and have a production chain which is too still long. However, here too the excellent quality should help the project take off.

Consortium Formicoso Mr. Antonio Ciani president of FAI says: initial difficulties were related to the ability to stay together by the farmers because the association has never been the highlight of farmers in Alta Irpinia and I am convinced that it was the first goal reached. Today the farmers of the Consortium FAI work together and propose a product of great social and environmental value, therefore sustainable from all point of view. Today the Consortium thanks the association produce 1500 quintal of Cappelli
Mr Ravece Mr.Angelo Loconte, a farm consultant who collaborated on the present project, designed new orchards created as an alternative to growing tobacco. His skill was decisive for farmers after the end of tobacco season to start with new market options since public research responded slowly to area needs. The introduction of new Ravece olive systems with low environmental impact and the characterisation of Ravece PDO oil was a personal success of Angelo Loconte.
Teacher of IIS Mike Montuori The partner who played a crucial role was Dr. Cataldo Pulvento, a CNR researcher with expertise in quinoa who supervised the boys cultivating the crop. Lack of regular sprouting, excessively acidic soils and fertilisers and delayed planting due to bad weather were the greatest technical challenges to the success of the crop. Dr. Pulvento together with Michele Montuori, worked together with the students to achieve success with the quinoa crop in the Ufita Valley.

The increase in biodiversity in the Ufita Valley as a consequence of the abandonment of tobacco has resulted in large energy savings, given that all the new crops introduced consume less water and nitrogen. However, there has been a major positive impact on biodiversity due to the abandonment of the use of highly toxic Class I pesticides originally employed for tobacco. This has led to three relatively rare insectivore bird species being found in the Ufita Valley, listed as threatened under Annex I of the EU’s Birds Directive, namely the Lesser Grey Shrike, Wood Lark and Tawny Pipit. Farmers have also reported seeing larger numbers of mammals, namely the Fox, Badger, Beech Marten, Weasel, Polecat and Hedgehog, and a boom in the numbers of Fireflies. Further, the abandonment of irrigation has led to an increase in river discharge and the recovery of aquatic fauna.

Sustainable sauce Tomato is a crop with a very high water footprint with 644 liters of water consumed per kg of produced and passed up to 4309 liters per kilo of concentrate and sauces (Mutti 2013) of which 38% is dependent on pesticides and fertilizers by 10% . The recovery and reintroduction ecotype of tomato "Altavilla" in Ufita Valley led to an obvious environmental benefit as it is not fertilized it weeded avoiding waste of resources while ensuring environmental protection.
A second glance "Senatore Cappelli" is a very rustic durum wheat, with good protein and fibre selected at the beginning of the 1900s, whose production peaked in the 1960s. Recently, the spread of greater environmental awareness has encouraged its return. It has a 50% lower water footprint than other wheat and given that it prefers an organic fertiliser and requires no weeding, it is the "real” sustainable wheat. Sometimes good things need a "second look" to be appreciated
One crop one drop The vine and the olive tree have replaced about 10,000 hectares of tobacco in Ufita Valley but there are a trend to reduce plants per hectare and irrigation volume . The CNR-ISAFoM has developed systems for measuring the exactly water requirements of these crops with the techniques of CHPV (Control Heat Pulse Velocitiy) and WCE (Whole Canopy Enclosure) for water saving in agriculture. Today water consumption has been reduced by 80% compared with estimation based on Kc requirements.
Save our health and land The evolution of agriculture in Ufita Valley should be addressed to food that save our long term health and that of land.
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Point of view of partecipant Mail of experts on ambiental impact in Ufita Valley after introduction of new crop.
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Preserving life The introduction and increase of biodiversity in Valle dell'Ufita after the abandonment of the cultivation of tobacco has had a positive effect in terms of saving water and energy resources and the improvement of the state of the environment. In addition to saving 39 million cubic meters of water, energy for irrigation and transportation of the product to release to the environment are avoided 19,500 tons of pesticide products with huge benefits for the birds.

The various activities are due to end in 2015, although others connected with the project are expected to continue. The professional profiles trained up should perform their activities in the years to come while others are envisaged, such as experts in food product allergens. Several restaurants have already listed ancient fruit varieties in their menus to make the public aware of them. The most important initiative connected with the project and considered its natural sequel is the research project Development of high quality food protein through sustainable production and processing” presented by the European consortium “Protein2Food”. Plant proteins, of undeniable nutritional and agronomic value, may be the answer to the demand for high-quality protein foods to satisfy the food requirements of a growing world population. At the same time, they allow sustainable agricultural practices, conserve biodiversity and enhance food safety.

Event of SLOW Food 2013 The Broccolo aprilatico is a particular broccolo that complete the growing season in april later than other ecotypes. It is cultivated only in Paternopoli (AV) 2455 habitants thanks few farmer that preserve this specific ecotype from the age of 1700. Production of 24.tons is obtained in less than 4 hectares. The interest of research on broccolo is due to glucopharan a substance with sulfur component with anti-cancer capacity.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Alternation school to work project Agreement of Department of Scienze Bio-Agro Alimentari of CNR and school IIS G. Gruttola of Ariano Irpino (AV) for the Innovative Project "Alternation school-work"
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Leguminosa - Naples 2014 Document of manifestation prepared by Slow Food Campania
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Letter of intent of Slow Food Slow Food Irpinia Ufita hill and Taurasi support to European Consortium "Protein 2Food" that participate to Call of Horizon 2020 on "Sustainable Food Security" 15-2014, "Protein of the future".
../file-system/small/doc ../file-system/small/doc New project-next step2 Creation of new professional figure in Agriculture
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Protein2food- next step 1 The future activities more closely related to the issue of biodiversity and the sustainable management of plant genetic resources, environmental protection and the defense of territory in rural areas is definitely the Research Project presented as part of the Horizon 2020 "Development of high quality food protein through sustainable production and processing " by the European Consortium Protein2food which include the CNR-ISAFoM between the partners. This project submitted and is currently in the final stage of assessment is in attached.
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Workshop-Ancona 2013 Meeting between partners of Consorzio Protein2Food to prepare European Project.

The strategies used to communicate the results were very innovative, partly thanks to the contribution of students. Dissemination took place in the field in an original fashion with thematic seminars on the occasion of public gastronomic events to make the public aware, for example, of several products, such as the  grass pea which was much acclaimed by participants. Specific DVDs were produced for schools both on the subject of biodiversity and on the events organised, as well as the national (CNR) and local (CNR-ISAFoM) links promoted, with leaflets publicising seminars and press releases. Finally, brochures were produced on meetings with farmers, leaflets for schools and on the course for steward-farmers. In collaboration with the FAO a time-lapse video of quinoa was made in the context of the International Year of Quinoa (2013) and the event Leguminosa which enjoyed great success with the public and the press.

Brochure SALVE Brochure of the SALVE project realized for the schools of Campania Region
Phenols and human health Biological activity of phenolic compounds of olive oil
SALVE 2010 In the Project Salve action F2 Campania PSR 2007-2013 all the public subject who do research in Campania partecipate with specific competence to build an informatic portal for public access where are presented most important vegetable ecotypes of Campania region. For each ecotype will be reported all the information obtained from project in particular genetic profile, nutritional aspects and agronomic esigence.
SALVE meeting Meeting on biodiversity - Avellino May 2013
Ariano Irpino May 2014 Seminar for students of IIS- G.DE Gruttola of Ariano Irpino (AV)
Biodiversity in the dish Plant biodiversity can also be enhanced through young students who can become the main promoters of local excellence. Chefs Lina Martone and Anita Di Pietro from the Ufita Valley collaborated with the SALVE project, guiding students from the De Gruttola Institute. Under their supervision the students made a special dish with sauce from Aprilatico broccoli, Gesualdo bread potato and Ravece oil, and made pasta with Cappelli wheat flour.
Irpinia Ufita Hill and Taurasi Tonino Ferrante, head of Slow Food Irpinia Ufita Hill and Taurasi Pasqualino Miano, Ludovico Terranera and Franco Archidiacono offered excellent contribute to organize event and manifestation on biodiversity and Food security with CNR-ISAFoM and IIS -G.DE Gruttola of Ariano Irpino (AV).
Leguminosa 2014- Naples In February 2014, an event on legumes - sponsored by Slow Food - was held in Naples. Scientific results of SALVE Projects obtained on legumes were presented. The issue of the use of plant proteins to reduce meat consumption goes in the direction of conservation of natural resources and a more healthy type of nutrition. Both CNR ISAFoM and Slow Food with an agreement already signed intend to continue joint research and dissemination on the issue within the European Consortium for Protein Food.
OFF farm activity The Ufita Valley is crossed for a good stretch of road from the Regio Tratturo Pescasseroli - Candela or the age-old way of transhumance, which can be seen as an environmental and historical resource for development of rural land. The various paths described in the book by Gregg and Petriccione who walked across the 246 kilometers of the route may be assigned for the maintenance to young peoles of the area and local farmers becoming an important supplement to farm incomes in marginal areas.
Original scientific dinner To disseminate the scientific results a dinner was organized, preceded by a seminar. The participants enjoyed some crops such as grass pea that had been the subject of study and must be included in the next research project Protein2rfood. This was to ascertain in advance whether the product might be accepted with gusto by the market once its nutritional and health benefits are known. The dinner took place at the Agriturismo Tratturo Regio di Camporeale in the province of Avellino in June 2014.
“2013 year of the Quinoa” (FAO) 2013 was the International Year of quinoa and CNR-ISAFoM participated in many events where this crop took centre stage. Mention should be made of Quinoando in Milan and the Italian-Peruvian week in Rome, both in the month of October. For this special occasion the CNR-ISAFOM together with the FAO carried out a time lapse study on quinoa that has been shown at all dissemination events.
../file-system/small/page ../file-system/small/page LINK of Events Ariano 2014 http://www.cnr.it/eventi/index/evento/id13670
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Manifestation 2014 In this event will presented the bakery products of Quinoa
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Manifestazione Aprilatica SLOW Food 2013 The Broccolo aprilatico is a particular broccolo that complete the growing season in april later than other ecotype. It is cultivated only in Paternopoli (AV) 2455 habitants thanks few farmer that preserve this specific ecotype from age of 1700. Production of 24.tons is obtained in less than 4 hectare with low energetic input. For this specific condition Broccolo Aprilatico is considerate "Presidio Slow Food"
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Meeting with farmers on Quinoa Meeting with farmers and student on Quinoa. The CNR-ISAFoM established a protocol of growth of this crop giving technical support and sedds to new farmers and student to introduce this new agronomic option in Ufita Valley.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Quinoando 2013 International Conference on Quinoa - Milan (Italy) October 30-31 2013
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf SALVE- Caserta 2014 Meeting with farmers on ancient fruit and vegetable of Campania Region
../file-system/small/docx ../file-system/small/docx Scientific References List of publications of Dr. Giuseppe Sorrentino lead applicant of Project: New age of agriculture in the Ufita Valley, Southern Italy: an original exciting approach to rural development through the “Expo generation”
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Seminar "G. DE Gruttola" -March 2012 Seminar of Dr. Giuseppe Sorrentino at IIS G, Gruttola of Ariano Irpino (AV)