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Initiative "4 per 1000": the scientific community launches the Sète Call

The researchers of the "4 for 1000" Initiative gathered in Sète (Hérault, France) on 7 and 8 November 2018 during the workshop 'French research around the international initiative 4 per 1000: soils for food security and climate' launched a call for an "ambitious scientific programme" for the implementation of the research component of the initiative. This workshop took place on the eve of COP24, which is taking place in Poland from 3 to 14 December.

The Sète Call has already collected some fifty signatures, including researchers from Agropolis members and its partners (CIRAD, CNRS, IDDRI, INRA, IRD, Irstea) but also their partners from Brazil, Spain, Madagascar, Senegal and Morocco.

For the record:
1/France launched the "4 per 1000" initiative on 1 December 2015 during COP21 as part of the Global Climate Action Plan (GCAA) adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP22. The "4 per 1000" initiative contributes to the objective of achieving a neutral world in terms of land degradation.
2/The Executive Secretariat of the 4 for 1000 Initiative, hosted by the CGIAR, is located in the Agropolis International building in Montpellier.

Published on : 05-12-2018


Register on line for the HNV-Link Conference ‘Innovation to sustain High Nature Value farming: Who needs to do what?’, 31 January 2019 – CIHEAM-IAMM, Montpellier


The HNV-Link project (High Nature Value Farming: learning, innovation and knowledge; H2020, 2016-2019, www.hnvlink.eu) will hold its Final Conference on 31 January 2019 at CIHEAM-IAMM in Montpellier.

We will highlight the environmental, social and economic relevance of HNV farming, share the lessons from local experiences, and discuss the role of innovation in supporting this vital form of agriculture.

This Project, coordinated by CIHEAM-IAMM, has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 696391.

An English-French interpretation will be available!

Participation is free of charge, but registration is needed by 31 December 2018:

Published on : 06-12-2018


Call for participation until 28/02/2019 for the '5th edition of the Louis Malassis International Prize for Agriculture and Food', launched by Agropolis Fondation


Agropolis Fondation wanted to honour the memory of Louis Malassis by creating the "Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food". This award is intended to reward those who have made an exemplary contribution, through their training, research or development activities, to promoting innovations to improve sustainable agricultural and food production systems and thus contribute to meeting the food challenge and the fight against poverty.

Created in 2010, this prize is awarded every two years. Three categories, each with €20,000:
• Young Promising Scientist Prize;
• Distinguished Scientist Prize;
• Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development Prize.

Application is open to all stakeholders from the academic or research organiza1on (private or public), a civil society organization (e.g., NGO, farmers organiza1ons), or a private sector (e.g., small/medium enterprises).

Since 2015, the Louis Malassis Prize has been awarded at the same time as the "Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security", which rewards a project aimed at promoting the development of innovation and its contribution to world food security (grant of USD 75,000 for the selected project). Deadline for submitting applications for the Malassis and Olam Prizes: 28/02/2019.

Published on : 05-12-2018


Find online the presentations of the seminar 'Agricultural research in Brazil and Argentina facing uncertain international trade, new internal consumer demands and environmental issues : which forward thinking ? which future for agriculture in these countries ?' 25/10/2018, Agropolis International, Montpellier


This interdisciplinary scientific animation seminar was organized by the Montpellier branch of NSS-Dialogues. Speakers : Alejandro Valeiro (INTA), Pedro Machado (EMBRAPA) and Edson Bolfe (EMBRAPA) Discussant : Benoit Daviron (CIRAD). Contact: Bernard Hubert, Co-Editor-in-Chief of NSS and Advisor to the President of Agropolis International hubert@agropolis.fr

EMBRAPA (Brazil) and INTA (Argentina) are two agricultural research institutions, each with about 10,000 employees.

For more than 15 years for the first and soon 6 years for the second, each of these institutions has been present in Montpellier, with a permanent researcher ensuring the scientific monitoring and the design of new collaborations with French or European teams, and 3 to 4 researchers hosted from a few months to a few years in the laboratories of these teams. This original partnership with foreign organizations (Foreign Laboratories Without Walls (Labs WW or "Labex") is coordinated by Agropolis International.

Published on : 05-12-2018


Just published: 'Land Use and Food Security in 2050: a Narrow Road'


How can we best use land to ensure food and nutritional security for all? It will ba a hard, long and narrow road, and above all, it means a change in direction. This is demonstrated in a book on the Agrimonde-Terra foresight study, Land Use and Food Security in 2050: a Narrow Road. The book gives details of the four-year study by CIRAD and INRA , backed by a number of experts from all over the world.

After an initial study on global food security in 2050 (Agrimonde), CIRAD and INRA switched their attention to a new foresight exercise, centring on land use in the light of the challenge posed by ensuring food security in 2050. The new study, entitled Agrimonde-Terra, pinpointed levers likely to modify existing land use patterns with a view to boosting food and nutritional security.

Published on : 08-11-2018


Abstract submission: deadline extended until Wednesday 21 November 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).

Published on : 06-11-2018


Just released : The teaser of the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry: 'Agroforestry :Strengthening links between science, society and policy' - May 20-22, 2019 - Montpellier, France


Agroforestry 2019 will host scholars, practitioners, policymakers and civil society members from around the world. There will be high-level keynote speakers and a wide choice of plenary and parallel sessions. A choice of (optional) field-trips is available for registration now. 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).

Published on : 29-10-2018


Just published - The talks recorded during the Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Montpellier (19-22 August 2018) are now online


This Joint Congress takes place every six years and brings together four of the world's largest academic societies in the field of evolutionary biology: the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society of Systematic Biologists.

2,500 people from 56 countries participated in this event. It was organized by Ophélie Ronce, a researcher at the joint research unit ISEM and Yannis Michalakis, a researcher at the joint research unit MIVEGEC. Congress organized with the support of Agropolis International.

The meeting was dedicated to the memory of Isabelle Oliveri, a researcher of Agropolis scientific community and former President of ESEB.

Published on : 29-10-2018


Registration on line for the HNV-Link Final Conference "Innovation to sustain High Nature Value farming: Who needs to do what?", January, 31, 2019, CIHEAM-IAMM, Montpellier, France


HNV-Link creates a community of practice and knowledge by linking 10 areas throughout the European Union where HNV farming systems are prevalent. These "learning areas" are used to evaluate innovation examples and gaps relevant to HNV systems. Innovation types include technical, commercial, social, institutional, and of policy. This European project coordinated by CIHEAM-IAM.M identifies what works in specific places and what methods would also be applicable in other areas or contexts.

Published on : 29-10-2018


Save the date : Scientific animation on Agroecology - Ecological intensification of cropping systems November 13, 2018, 10h00, Agropolis International, Montpellier (France)"Circularity in food systems / Martin van Ittersum, professor in Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University"


To achieve a sustainable food future that makes optimal use of earth’s natural resources, we need to move away from the current linear product footprint approach, and to start using a food systems approach. A modern circular food system combines innovative technology with basic ecological design principles derived from natural ecosystems. It does not ban external inputs but uses these as a complement to circular inputs. Europe can take a leading role in developing such systems. In this presentation three principles will be considered in some detail:

- The prime role of plant biomass for human nutrition. The consequences of circularity for growth defining, limiting and reducing factors will be discussed;
- The (re-)use of by-products and waste in circular food systems. A priority in use of by-products and waste will be proposed;
- The role of livestock in circular food systems is analysed and consequences for our consumption of animal proteins are discussed.

This presentation is an amended version of the Mansholt lecture which was given in Brussels in September, together with professor of Animal Production Systems, Imke de Boer (also Wageningen University).

Published on : 25-10-2018


Call for abstracts before November 15, 2018 for the 170th Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economics (EAAE) : Governance of food chains and consumption dynamics: What are the impacts on food security and sustainability?, May 15-17, 2019, Montpellier


This event is organized by the French joint research unit MOISA which gathers lecturers and researchers from CIRAD, IAMM, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro.

The seminar organized with the support of I-SITE MUSE 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.We are happy to confirm the participation of Professors Christopher B. Barrett (Cornell University) and Claude Ménard (Université de Paris Panthéon Sorbonne) as plenary speakers.

Published on : 22-10-2018


A new coordinator for the European Labex UPM, a Virtual Laboratory of Universiti Putra Malaysia, located at Agropolis International, Montpellier


Foreign Laboratories Without Walls (Labs WW), an innovative concept, an instrument for the strengthening and diversification of established partnerships : Agropolis International provides technical, scientific and logistical support to make this unique partnership possible.
Each Lab WW is run by a coordinator, appointed by the foreign partner organization, whose role is to promote scientific and academic collaborations between his or her own organization and French and European organizations sharing common issues.

Published on : 11-10-2018


Just published and on line: CeMEB LabEx PROGRESS REPORT (September 2018)


The Mediterranean Centre for Environment and Biodiversity Laboratory of Excellence (CeMEB LabEx) is a federation of ten research units in the Montpellier area. Research focuses on the dynamics and functioning of biodiversity and ecosystems in a context of marked environmental change, notably due to human activities.

The CeMEB LabEx is part of the 2011–2019 Future Projects Investments (Projects Investissement d'Avenir 2011-2019) program, funded by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche).


Published on : 03-10-2018


An International Seminar on "Research and discussion on functional foods" has been jointly organized by Labintex Eu-INTA and CIRAD in the context of the program "International Mobility" (Agropolis Fondation) at Agropolis International, Montpellier (France), on 13th August 2018.


Participation in Montpellier-France:
Chairs: Adriana Descalzo (Labintex Eu-INTA) & Claudie Dhuique- Mayer (CIRAD-UMR Qualisud).
Alejandro Valeiro: Coordinator Labintex Eu-INTA (Argentina)
Pedro Machado: Coordinator Labex-Embrapa (Brasil)
Elodie Arnaud, Marc Lebrun, Serge Palu: Research staff CIRAD
Mariana Lingua: Conicet post doctoral fellowship (Argentina), hosted at CIRAD
PhD Students: Magali Gies, Laura Gence (CIRAD), Yavo Michel Olivier Esse and Ténincoura Nadège KONE (CIRAD-Ivory Coast)

Participation from Argentina by Internet:
Luciana Rossetti, Sergio Rizzo, Carolina Pérez, Sergio Vaudagna ITA, INTA Castelar
Gerardo Gagliostro, Liliana Antonacci - EEA Balcarce, INTA

Published on : 21-09-2018


Registration is now open for the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, 19-22 May 2019, Montpellier


This exciting three-day event will offer many possibilities to exchange new ideas and results, meet, brainstorm, mingle, inspire and develop networks.

Agroforestry 2019 will host scholars, practitioners, policymakers and civil society members from around the world. There will be high-level keynote speakers and a wide choice of plenary and parallel sessions. A choice of (optional) field-trips is available for registration now.

‘Early bird’ rate until 15 February 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).

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 October 2018.

Twitter : @Agroforest2019 #Agroforestry2019

Published on : 20-09-2018


 

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