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Shaping the future of agriculture: The role of diversity in lowinput and organic cropping systems

SOLIBAM 1st Stakeholder congress

April 19th and 20th, 2012
San Nilo abbey, Corso del Popolo, 128 - 00046 Grottaferrata (Rome) ITALY

Several factors such as a rising world population, a need for greater environmental protection and climate change are increasing the pressure on agricultural systems worldwide. The major concern is how to ensure food security and food quality while maintaining environmental and socio-economic sustainability. The European Union is taking important policy decisions towards the ‘greening’ of agriculture, which are likely to alter considerably the mode of food production in the near future. Yet, are European farmers ready to take on this challenge? We believe that the key to  sustaining food production is diversifying the cropping system at multiple levels, e.g. genetic, species and habitat. Such an approach should be translatable into concrete management strategies applicable to various low-input and organic cropping systems across Europe and elsewhere. The objective of the first SOLIBAM Stakeholders Congress is to provide an international forum for discussion amongst relevant stakeholders around four topical themes. A special focus will be to address future research needs based on the available evidence to date in order to prioritise our activities and exploit fully the potential of diversity to shape the agriculture of tomorrow.

All persons wishing to participate in the congress will have to fill a registration form.

The conference fees are 80€, covering coffee breaks, lunch and proceedings of the Congress.

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The SOLIBAM project

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We invite interested people to submit abstracts or poster of original work related to any of the 4 themes of the Congress. These papers will be included in a poster session and their abstracts published in the Congress Proceedings. The Scientific Committee will reward authors for the most inno...

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