Agrobiodiversity in changing climate
The course will focus on the importance of biodiversity in agriculture, with particular attention to its role in enhancing resilience and adaptability of cropping and farming systems to climate change. The lectures will illustrate principles and practices for gathering agro-biodiversity data through either participatory diagnostic and empirical approaches, and for their utilization to develop management approaches that improve resilience and adaptability.
The course will also analyse the economic value of agricultural biodiversity in food systems as an incentive to conservation. The most critical management aspects along the agricultural value chain will be investigated, ranging from production to marketing and consumption. A set of tools and methodologies for improving market access of neglected and underutilized foods and the role of gastronomic heritage as a driver for rural development will be presented.The aim of the course is to equip the participants with the necessary tools, knowledge and understanding to enhance productivity and improve marketing strategies in sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.
The training will include joint lectures by speakers from various national and international organizations and a field trips to nearby farm, which will provide hands-on experience on relevant practices.
Upon the completion of the training (75% of attendance required) the students will be awarded 6 CFU.
Deadline for application for the 2019 course is 30/06/2019.
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Organizers: Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Environmental Biology; Bioversity International; Mountain Partnership Secretariat. With the technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Giorgio Grussu – FAO - Mountain Partnership Secretariat
Silvio Cianciullo – FAO - Mountain Partnership SecretariatScientific
Fabio Attorre – Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy·
Devra Jarvis – Agrobiodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bioversity International, Maccarese, Italy
Official course language: EnglishWhen: 18 - 26 September 2019
Fees: 400 Euro Application deadline: 30 June 2019
Location: FAO Headquarters, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome