Discover the declaration of the Desertif'actions Summit: "We are the land that defends itself against desertification" (June 2019, Burkina-Faso)

The Fourth International Summit of Civil Society Actors Désertif'actions was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 19 to 22 June 2019 and brought together more than 380 participants from some 40 countries, representing 230 multi-stakeholder organizations: grassroots communities, NGOs, scientists, local authorities, international organizations, private and public sector actors....

This year, 4 thematic axes are proposed: the Great Green Wall Initiative, pastoralism, land and multi-use of water.

Désertif'actions was organized by the CARI association (member of Agropolis International), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Permanent Secretariat of Non-Governmental Organizations.

Published on : 16-07-2019

Save the date: 28th biannual conference of ASIC (Association for the Science and Information on Coffee), 22-25 June 2020, Montpellier

This association has been existing for 54 years already and has organized regularly conferences on coffee science trying to alternate coffee producing and consuming countries.This conference represents a unique opportunity to gather specialists (research institutes, universities, coffee industry and coffee professionals…) from all over the world working to face several important challenges (sustainability, climate change, quality, health…).

During the conference, all possible aspects of coffee science and technology will be developed and the participants will be able to hear and share novelties on the different following topics:

agronomy: genetics, botany, agrotechnology, pests and diseases, agroecology, etc.
chemistry: coffee analysis, chemical composition, aroma, etc.
technology: green coffee processing, roasting, grinding, extraction, decaffeination, etc.
physiological effects: coffee and health
packaging, storage, etc.

Conference organized by: CIRAD, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro and Agropolis International.

Published on : 16-07-2019

Patrick Caron elected President of Agropolis International

The unanimous election of Patrick Caron by the Agropolis International Executive Board on 9 May (2019) was just endorsed by the association’s Board of Directors on 13 June. His term as President will run until December 2021.

Patrick Caron has been a CIRAD researcher for 30 years and Vice President for International Relations at the University of Montpellier since February 2019, while being International Director of the Montpellier University of Excellence MUSE I-Site project since July 2017 (https://muse.edu.umontpellier.fr). He has been Chairman of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) since October 2015. He is founding Director of the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK'IT, https://muse.edu.umontpellier.fr/presentation/international/makeit). He was formerly General Director for Research and Strategy at CIRAD (July 2010 - July 2016).
The Agropolis International Board of Directors is delighted with this new appointment, which will strengthen international and national recognition of Agropolis International as one of the world's leading players in the development-oriented agricultural research field.
Patrick Caron succeeds Jean-Luc Khalfaoui, who has been President since January 2018 and who has joined the Agreenium team as an international project manager.

Published on : 20-06-2019

Submit abstracts by 20 September 2019 for the 4th International Conference on Global Food Security:Achieving local and global food security: at what costs? 16-19 June 2020, Le Corum, Montpellier

The 4th International Conference on Global Food Security addresses the topic of food security at all spatial levels from local to global, and from an interdisciplinary and systemic food systems perspective. It aims to better understand environmental, nutritional, agricultural, demographic, socio-economic, political, technological and institutional drivers, costs and outcomes of current and future food security. Interactions with contextual factors including climate change, urbanisation, greening the economy and data-driven technologies will be central.

The conference addresses the triple burden of malnutrition: hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. It explores the state-of-the-art of interdisciplinary insight, addresses the trade-offs that occur - and synergies that can be sought -in transforming food systems. These are aimed at reconciling the competing environmental, economic or social objectives and outcomes towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at different levels across spatial and temporal scales.

Contributions which bridge themes or scales, foster interdisciplinarity and integration or address interactions between science and non-academic stakeholders (civil society, private sector and policy makers) are particularly welcome.

Submit abstracts by 20 September 2019.

Congress organized by Elsevier, I-Site MUSE, Wageningen University with the partnership of Agropolis International.

Published on : 04-06-2019

Montpellier Declaration: “Make Our Planet Treed Again”, published on 24 May during the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry

Over a thousand experts from a hundred countries meeting in Montpellier, France, for the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry called for a ‘transformative change’ to tackle the disastrous impacts on our planet of the global food system.Agroforestry, they agreed, was crucial to that effort.

The event was organized by CIRAD and INRA, in partnership with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Agropolis International and Montpellier University of Excellence.
According to Christian Dupraz, Scientific Chair of the Congress and INRA Research Director: “After the worldwide move towards simplified and artificialized agricultural systems – which came with many unintended negative consequences – agroforestry embraces complexity in agricultural systems”. "Faced with this complexity, we may feel that the more we learn, the less we know. This is why we need to collaborate and encourage transverse collaborations on all levels", said Tristan Lecomte, Chair of PUR PROJET, at the concluding session of the Congress.
It is important that tomorrow's agriculture mimics the processes of natural ecosystems so that some of the services that nature once gave us can be provided by agriculture. "Agroforestry can take up this challenge", concludes Emmanuel Torquebiau, Agroforestry Project Manager at CIRAD and Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Congress.

Published on : 04-06-2019


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