First Solibam Stakeholder Congress19 April 2012
to 20 April 2012
Shaping the future of agriculture: The role of diversity in low-input and organic cropping systems
Venue: San Nilo Abbey, Grottaferrata - Rome, Italy
Time:14:00 on 19th April 2012 to 17:00 on 20th April 2012
The SOLIBAM Congress is a public event designed to introduce a wide range of stakeholders to this EU funded project, which started in 2010. The aim is to provide an international forum for discussion around four topical themes linked to policy foci. These comprise: 1) The greening of agriculture 2) Climate change, what challenges for breeding and agriculture? 3) Cropping systems of the future and 4) Seeds and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.
This 2-day event will be held on 19th-20th April 2012. It is the first public Congress stemming from the EU-funded SOLIBAM project (Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management). The objective of SOLIBAM is to develop novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve the performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying hypothesis is that diverse populations in diverse organic and low-input systems are more resilient to stress and can therefore better adapt to environmental variation.
This Congress will address a key issue for SOLIBAM and for agriculture today: how do we ensure food security and food quality while maintaining environmental and socio-economic sustainability. It will be organised in roundtable discussions according to four topical themes. In each roundtable representatives from different stakeholders (e.g. farmers’ associations, policy makers, scientists, & industry) will express their views after a keynote speaker has introduced the theme and a member of the SOLIBAM team has reacted by relating it to the work being carried out within the project.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. The registration deadline is 5th March 2012 and the conference fee is 80€. This covers coffee breaks, lunch and proceedings. There is also a 10% reduction for IFOAM EU members who register early. To register, please complete the registration form, available on https://colloque.inra.fr/solibam_congress or www.solibam.eu.
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