Discussions about the theme

2013, March 28th

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)


ABSTRACT FAO and the new Strategic Objectives; crops and food security; the objective and policy relevance of the ITPGRFA; the role of Farmers; the meaning of Sustainable use in agriculture; Relevance of the Treaty for Addressing Climate Change

SEED SPEAKER: Dr. Mario Marino Short bio
Mario MARINO has graduated on 1990 as Agronomist at the University La Tuscia, Viterbo –Italy and obtained his PhD in agro-biology and agro-chemistry on 2009 at the University Federico II of Naples. He worked as officer in the rural development department at the Ministry of Agriculture in the seed unit on certification and control of seed quality standards. He was in charge of the agro-environmental unit in the same Ministry. He has been working at FAO in 2008 in the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture as Officer, in charge to : coordinate the capacity building programs of the Treaty; plan and monitor the Programme of work on conservation and sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; support, on behalf of the Secretariat, the implementation of the Farmers' Rights.
CORNER SPEAKER: Jenny Calabrese
2013, May 29th

Water Scarcity, Climate Change and Challenges for Food Security in the Mediterranean


ABSTRACT 1. Water plays a main role in food production particularly in the Mediterranean countries where rainfall is less and crop water requirements are higher. 2. There is potential for improving land and water productivity. 3. There is potential for increasing the performance of irrigation systems. 4. Climate change will impact the Mediterranean area more heavily than elsewhere but there is potential for adaptation. 5. Improving land productivity, water use performance and economic water productivity constitute the main challenges for Mediterranean countries and people to face food security in the coming years. 6. These challenges call for innovative research, economic policies, rising public awareness and democratic governance with users participation

SEED SPEAKER: Prof.Luis Santos Pereira (Instituto Superior de Agronomia - Technical University of Lisbon) Short bio
Born in Elvas, Portugal, August 13, 1942 Agricultural Engineer, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1969. Post-graduate in Hydrology, Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1972. PhD, Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 1977. Doctor honoris causa, University of Rousse, Bulgaria, 2005. Professor Emeritus, Institute of Agronomy, Technical University of Lisbon, 1980. Head, CEER-Biosystems Engineering, 1993-2012. Supervisor/co-supervisor of 39 Doctor Theses and 53 Master theses. Author of several books and more than hundred journal papers. Invited Professor at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy, Former Director General for Hydraulics and Agricultural Engineering, Ministry of Agriculture, Lisbon, and consultant with UN Agencies - FAO, UNDP, WMO, and UNESCO -, and ICARDA Invited Professor at Inner Mongolia Agricultural University. Advising PhD students at China Agricultural University, Beijing and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brasil. Leader of research projects in Portugal, Aral Sea basin, Yellow River basin, North China plain and a network of Ibero-American countries Hon. President of International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR), Hon. Vice-President of the International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Member/correspondent member of Portuguese Academy of Engineering, "Accademia dei Georgofili", American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, Académie d'Agriculture de France. Fellow member, National Institution of Engineers. Awardee from several institutions in USA, Italy, China, India, Egypt, Ecuador, Mexico, Libya, and Bulgaria.
2013, January 22nd

Sustainable Natural Resources Management


ABSTRACT Assessment of land and water resources of the Mediterranean; Status of biodiversity and trends; Energy sources (renewable and non renewable) and their role in food security in the region; Impacts of climate change on natural resources, crop production and food security; Can the region's natural resources feed the Mediterranean population?; Population trends and availability of the resources; Land degradation, desertification and their impacts on natural resources; Future research needs; Is there hope and what could be done: reassess the role of agriculture, endorse sustainable land and water management, protect biodiversity, increase energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, improve governance on natural resources management, re-afforestation in semi arid regions as a way to combat soil erosion, preserve biodiversity, and sustain integrated agro-ecosystem management to increase smallholders income.

SEED SPEAKER: Pandi Zdruli Short bio
Professor Pandi Zdruli has been with the IAMB since 1999. Prior to joining IAMB, he was Visiting Scientist (for two years) with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre at Ispra, Italy and Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (for five years) at the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) in Washington, D.C. He graduated in 1981 from the Agricultural University of Tirana in his native Albania and pursued graduate studies and research in the USA sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation. His scientific interests include soil science, land degradation/desertification, natural resources management, environmental impact assessments, and integrated coastal zone management. He has published extensively (68 articles and technical reports) and is Editor-In-Chief of 12 books and proceedings. His latest edited book "Land Degradation and Desertification: Assessment, Mitigation and Remediation" was published by Springer in 2010. Prof. Zdruli is member of the: International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), Soil, Crop and Agronomy Society of America, Fulbright Association, Educational Board of CIHEAM-IAMB, European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN) of the EC and former member of the its Steering Committee, Deputy Secretary of the former Working Group on Land Degradation and Desertification of the IUSS, elected member of the Steering Committee of the DesertNet International Association, member of the Editorial Board of the Soil Atlas of Europe published by the EC JRC and Chair of the Soil chapter of the 3rd edition of the World Atlas of Desertification sponsored by EC/UNEP to be published in 2013.
CORNER SPEAKER: Gaetano Ladisa Short Bio
Dr. Gaetano Ladisa graduated in Forest Science at the University of Bari, Italy in 1995 and obtained a PhD in Idrology from the University of Padua, Italy. He's an expert in desertification risk assessment, specialised in soil degradation mitigation through implementation of afforestation/reforestation actions as team member of the National Forest Plan in Malta implemented by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari. Dr. Gaetano Ladisa has been involved in various research and cooperation projects on sustainable management of natural resources and water scarcity using innovative collaborative approaches. Currently he is member of the scientific staff of the LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity "Cent.Oli.Med." project dealing with the sustainable management of biodiversity in ancient olive groves. He is author of several publications (3 edited books, 16 chapters in proceedings, 7 chapters in books, 4 peer review papers) in the field of desertification risk assessment and integrated watershed management.