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Cultivating diversity and food quality

How to better embed crop diversity for resilient sustainable food systems? On April 11th, the DIVERSIFOOD Forum with policy makers and stakeholders will address this and other fundamental questions to promote cultivated biodiversity.

The event will behosted by the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels and will involve different stakeholders: from policy makers to researchers, from NGOs to Farmer Organisations and Value chain actors.

DIVERSIFOOD project results and key lessons will be shared, such as new approaches for cultivated biodiversity management, for plant breeding for sustainable farming systems, and new relationships among actors of the food systems.

The overall goal of the event is to foster discussion among participants, share knowledge, and collect feedbacks, in order to further develop current policies for cultivating diversity and food quality.

The outputs of this workshop will feed the final DIVERSIFOOD recommendations.

Register to the event

Limited number of places: please register before March 30th 2018

Download the flyer and the programme of the event

09:30 Arrival and registration

10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:30 Underutilized/forgotten crops: de nitions and concepts (A. Costanzo, ORC)

10:45 New approaches for plant breeding for for sustai- nable farming systems (I. Goldringer, INRA)

11:10 First results regarding the EU experimentation of Heterogeneous Material marketing: presentation of cases studies (A. Costanzo, ORC)

11:35 Coffee break

11:50 Value chain for produces coming from participatory plant breeding/underutilized crops (B. Oehen, FiBL)

12:05 From on farm conservation to Community biodiver- sity management (R. Bocci, RSR)

12:20 Roundtable with policy makers

13:10 Lunch

14:25 Lessons learnt from value chains studies in Diversi- food: factors in support and hindering their success (B. Oehen, FiBL and R. Bocci, RSR)

14:40 Workshop: how to better embed crop diversity and networking for local high quality food systems?

16:50 Conclusion and perspectives

17:00 End of the forum