Publication of a new "Dossier thématique du CSFD" on "Ecological engineering for sustainable agriculture in arid and semiarid West African regions"

The 11th issue of Les dossiers thématiques du CSFD (Comité Scientifique Français de la Désertification/French Scientific Committee on Desertification) looks at potential contributions of ecological engineering to the management of agrosylvopastoral systems in sub-Saharan drylands areas.

It helps to describe and define agroecological practices. Based on the authors’ and contributors’ experience, West Africa is focused on to illustrate the ecological intensification to agricultural production in the broad sense. Examples from non-African tropical dryland areas worldwide are also discussed to illustrate the potential of agroecological engineering to sustainable land management and therefore to the fight against desertification.

Dominique Masse (Agronomy-Ecology, IRD), Jean-Luc Chotte (Soil Ecology - Microbial Diversity, IRD) and Eric Scopel (Ecological engineering, Cirad), coordinated this Dossier.

CSFD is hosted and managed by Agropolis International.

Published on : 01-06-2018

Summer school 'MISS-ABMS 2018 - Multi-platform International Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation, '10-21/09/2018, Agropolis International, Montpellier

Twenty-five participants from four continents and fourteen different nationalities are expected from September 10 to 21 for the 2018 session of the summer school on multi-agent modeling for natural resource management, MISS-ABMS.
Hosted by Agropolis International and co-organized by CIRAD and IRSTEA, with the contribution of other French universities and research organizations, this training, taking place every year in Montpellier, is a great success.
Combining lessons and hands-on, group and individual work, the training allows participants to practice the principles of multi-agent modeling by applying them to their own project.
It gives them the basics so that they can continue to develop their model independently.

Published on : 31-07-2018

First announcement and call for papers, governance of food chains and consumption dynamics, Montpellier Eaae seminar, May 15-17, 2019

The 170th seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economics (EAAE) will take place in Montpellier on May 15-17, 2019 (Campus de la Gaillarde). The topic of the seminar is: “Governance of food chains and consumption dynamics: what are the impacts on food security and sustainability?” The seminar is organized by the joint research unit Moisa which gathers lecturers and researchers from Cirad, Iamm, Inra and SupAgro.
The seminar will help assess the conditions for more mutually beneficial incentives and interactions between the different stakeholders in the chains, including consumers, leading to more sustainable mechanisms of food provisioning and consumption. It will shed light on the “missing middle” between food consumption and production, which is more often invisible and unsupported rather than missing. Particular attention will be paid to the issue of how public and private strategies and governance can gear food chain and consumption dynamics towards increased food security and sustainability by changing the stakeholders’ range of options in terms of the diversity and affordability of proposed food items and formats.

Published on : 31-07-2018

Discover the latest issue of the series "Les Dossiers d’Agropolis ": "Complex systems-from biology to Territories" (June 2018, N°23)

80 pages to discover a panorama of regional scientific actors through concrete examples (published in French)
Scientific coordination : Nicolas Arnaud (CNRS), Bertrand Jouve (CNRS), Jean-Pierre Müller (Cirad).
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Published on : 30-07-2018

Just published : ‘Strengthening health decision-making at the territorial level: operational support for spatial multi-criteria evaluation’ (June 2018 – Issue 46 of ‘Perspective’, CIRAD policy brief)

It is now possible to map diseases in regions for which epidemiological data are scarce. Spatial multi-criteria evaluation is a rigorous method that is quick to implement, and was developed by CIRAD and its partners.
Animal health and veterinary public health policymakers are still relatively unfamiliar with this method, but it is suited to regions with little access to reliable epidemiological data, such as low-income countries in the South or disease-free areas.
Animal diseases and zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans - are a global socio-economic and public health problem: ensuring the surveillance and control of these diseases means identifying high risk areas in both North and South.
This series of 4-page summaries published by CIRAD which presents novel ideas or policies on development issues of strategic importance for countries in the South: food security, land tenure, climate change, energy security, forest management, standards, etc.
Authors : Annelise Tran and François Roger.

Published on : 03-07-2018

Just published : ‘Public policies to support agroecology in Latin America and the Caribbean’ (May 2018 – Issue 45 of ‘Perspective’, CIRAD policy brief)

Agroecology in Latin America emerged in response to the social, economic, environmental and climate crises observed in conventional agriculture. It is driven by social movements and is gradually being taken into account in public policies.
These policies involve a range of instruments that are often embedded in programmes that also support organic agriculture and sustainable agriculture, types that unlike agroecology do not question the basis of the conventional agri-food system. This issue of Perspective analyses these policies and their influence on the development of agroecology in eight countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua. These policies remain fragile, while support for large-scale conventional agriculture is still predominant, and implementing instruments in favour of agroecology thus depends on the power relations in each country. The challenge is therefore to convince more broadly farmers, consumers and policymakers about the importance of issues such as public health and food security.
This series of 4-page summaries published by CIRAD which presents novel ideas or policies on development issues of strategic importance for countries in the South: food security, land tenure, climate change, energy security, forest management, standards, etc.

Published on : 03-07-2018

Abstract submission open until 31 October 2018 for the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, Montpellier, France, 20-22 May 2019

This congress takes place every five year and has never been organized in Europe before. CIRAD and INRA are the main organizers, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre, Agropolis International and Montpellier University of Excellence (I-Site MUSE).
More than a thousand participants from both temperate and tropical zones all over the world are expected. The Montpellier Fourth World Congress on Agroforestry will address a wide range of key agroforestry research issues. It will gather facts and figures from developing and developed countries and support a collaborative effort with broad social participation. World-known keynote speakers have been invited to make sure that today’s important agroforestry research questions are all addressed. Nevertheless, the Congress also welcomes a variety of stakeholders to foster social interactions while special attention is given to vulnerable countries and populations.
The overall objective of the Congress is to contribute to the strengthening of agroforestry science and practice in order to provide opportunities for further developing links between science, society and policy.

Published on : 02-07-2018

First international meeting for the 10 countries involved in the "National Information Platforms for Nutrition" (NIPN) initiative / 03-05/07/2018, Paris

The Global Support Facility (GSF) forthe "National Information Platforms for Nutrition" (NIPN) initiative - managed by Agrinatura and hosted by Agropolis International - is organizing the ‘first Technical Gathering’ of this large-scale and innovative project. This event will bring together more than sixty participants, representatives of the NIPN national teams from ten countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Laos, Niger, Uganda, Zambia. The NIPN initiative aims to support partner countries of the European Union and DFID (UK Department for International Development) that have joined the SUN movement, in the establishment of a nutrition information and analysis platform to better inform and guide multisectoral public policies for better nutrition.

Objectives of this high-level meeting:
Share a common vision of the NIPN across countries / Discuss technical matters related to the NIPN implementation / Discuss implementation needs, opportunities and bottlenecks /Understand the GSF support in relation to the technical assistance at national level /Share experience, learn from others and start building interactions between countries for future exchanges.

The NIPN initiative is supported by the European Union, DFID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Published on : 25-06-2018

Mrs. Marti Van Liere, new Team Leader of the NIPN Global Support Facility

The NIPN Global Support Facility is pleased to introduce its new Team Leader, Mrs. Marti Van Liere. Marti has 30 years of international experience in nutrition and development, in non-for-profit and private sectors, as well as in research. Before joining the NIPN Global Support Facility, she held positions at GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), Unilever, KIT (Dutch Royal Tropical Institute) and INSERM (French Medical Research Institute). She has a PhD in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. In 2012 and 2013, Marti served as the co-chair of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network.

Marti’s arrival coincides with a new step of the NIPN initiative where all countries are now in the implementation phase, after a process of consultation and design in ten countries over the last two years. As soon as she took up position, Marti attended a strategic workshop with the GSF Team and a few key partners and experts, which provided an excellent opportunity to take stock of where the NIPN initiative stands and to review the overall strategic parameters, beyond countries’ specificities.

The Global Support Facility (GSF) of the NIPN initiative is managed by Agrinatura (European alliance on agricultural knowledge for development) and hosted by Agropolis International

Published on : 19-06-2018

Foresight4Food Initiative: 60 international experts present in Montpellier from 22 to 24 May 2018

After a first workshop organised in March 2017 in Oxford, Montpellier volunteered to organise a second event of the Foresight4Food Initiative.

Workshop organized by Oxford University, I-Site MUSE (as part of the preparation of its Institute of Advanced Knowledge) and CIRAD, with the financial support of ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and GFAR (World Agricultural Research Forum) and the support of Agropolis International.

Foresight4Food is an initiative supported by a group of international organisations, food systems researchers, business players and civil society organisations. The collective aim is to enhance foresight and scenario analysis for the global food system.

Published on : 12-06-2018

Visit of CAAS (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences) on 14 May 2018 in Montpellier to consolidate the Sino-European partnership

The regional scientific community had the pleasure of receiving Dr Weiping Hao, Deputy Director General (Department of International Cooperation) accompanied by Dr Weiping Hao. Dandan Huang (Chief for Multilateral Cooperation).

At the request of its government, CAAS wishes to expand and consolidate its international development, particularly with European organisations. In France, the long-standing collaboration with two Agropolis International members: CIRAD and INRA has been established through bilateral agreements. In Montpellier, several presentations were made for the delegation: presentation of Agropolis International; Labex Europe of Embrapa, Labintex of INTA, I-Site MUSE. Thematic visits were organized: AGAP joint research unit; ECOTRON platform, medical laboratory (University of Montpellier).

Several partnership proposals were discussed, notably around the concept of a laboratory without walls located in Montpellier, emblematic models of cooperation already set up by Embrapa (Brazil), INTA (Argentina) and UPM (Malaysia).

CAAS, is a world-class sci-tech research institution being a national-level international agricultural S&T center for scientific innovation, international Cooperation, and talents cultivation height. key figures: Cooperation with: 83 countries and regions, 38 international organizations, 7 MNCs and Gates Foundation with 82 agreements signed ; 13 representative offices of international organizations ; 62 joint laboratories ;4 overseas joint laboratories were established in Brazil, Belgium, Australia and Kazakhs.

Published on : 11-06-2018

To be published at the end of 2018: 25th issue of "The Dossiers d’Agropolis International series" is dedicated to the "One health" issue

The 25th issue of "The Dossiers d’Agropolis International series", to be published at the end of 2018, will present an overview of research & development projects and training activities carried out in the One Health sphere by scientific organisations in the Occitanie region.

Global approaches to health – defined by the "One Health","EcoHealth" or "Planetary Health" paradigms – postulate that the epidemiological dynamics of diseases and the impact of the various drivers that determine the health of animal, plant and human populations should be studied in inter-connection and in link with their ecological, socio-economic and political contexts.

The scientific community of the Occitanie region in the South-West of France works within this integrative framework, focusing on regional – in connection with the Mediterranean area – national and international issues, including tropical contexts and diseases. Research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a number of partners across the world.

The Dossiers d’Agropolis International series is a deliverable of Agropolis International that is produced within the scope of its mission to promote expertise of the scientific community. Each Dossier is devoted to a broad scientific theme, and includes a clear overview that is a ready reference for all laboratories and teams associated with Agropolis International that are conducting research on the target theme.

Published on : 08-06-2018

Video conferencia entre Montpellier y los Centros del INTA en Argentina sobre la langosta voladora.

El Labintex Europa del INTA organizó una video conferencia en español hacia los Centros del INTA en Argentina sobre el tema “Líneas de investigación para mejorar el manejo preventivo de langostas voladoras " a cargo del Dr. Cyril Piou, investigador en el Centro para la Biología y el Manejo de Poblaciones (CBGP) del CIRAD de Francia.

El CGBP es uno de los centros de mayor experiencia y capacidad en el mundo para enfrentar esta problemática y ha contribuído a mejorar los métodos de monitoreo y control de diversas especies de langostas en distintos continentes desde hace 50 años.

Esta conferencia se llevó a cabo el día 15 de Mayo del 2018 y se transmitió desde la sede del Labintex-EU en Agropolis International en Montpellier (Francia). Se conectaron Unidades del INTA de ocho provincias del país y pudieron intercambiar con el Dr Piou al final de su presentación. Participaron además, autoridades y técnicos del SENASA, organismo encargado de ejecutar las políticas nacionales argentinas en materia de sanidad y calidad animal y vegetal e inocuidad de los alimentos.

La langosta voladora, la más célebre de las plagas, ha vuelto a convertirse en un problema agudo en Argentina luego de 60 años. A mediados de 2015 resurgió con intensidad en la provincia de Santiago del Estero, expandiéndose hasta Bolivia y Paraguay.

Vínculo hacia la conferencia en español

Published on : 28-05-2018


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