September 15 - 18: The VI World Congress of Agronomists will be held at the Auditorium of Expo Milano 2015. The topic for this year’s congress is “Food and Identity – The role of agronomists for social responsibility in sustainable development of the diversity of territories and local communities”. Ms Manuela Allara, Programme Specialist, Plant Production and Protection Division, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and Mr Bertrand Reysset, Senior Technical Specialist in Climate Adaptation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will participate to the Congerss opening on the morning of September 15. All information available here.
September 17: The event Agricultural biodiversity, value chains and women's empowerment is organized by Bioversity International and the Italian Cooperation and will be held at Palazzo Castiglioni, Corso Venezia 47, in the center of Milan, from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. The Director-General of Bioversity International, Ms. Ann Tutwiler, will participate in the morning roundtable as will Ms Eugenia Serova, Director of the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO, and Ms Maria Hartl, Technical Advisor, Gender and Social equity Policy and Technical Advisory Division of IFAD. More info and programme avialable here
September 18: Agri-food Cooperation in Emilia-Romagna, the roots of innovation. This event should be held in the context of the “protagonist week” of the Region of Emilia Romagna at Expo Milano 2015. Ms Eugenia Serova, Director of the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO. Programme of the event available here.
September 18-19: The workshop Addressing our Emerging Water Futures: the Water-Agriculture-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus is organized by the Italian reserach institute (CNR) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JCR), with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It will address interconnected solutions for a Nexus governance of water resources and will be organised in two steps. The first day, held at the CNR research center in Milan, will have a scientific focus. On the 19th a shorter event for the general public and the press will he held at Expo Milano 2015, where the main outputs of the meeting will be streamlined and released to policy-makers and stakeholders.
The workshop will complement the numerous specific events covering the problem of water scarcity for agriculture and the humanity at EXPO (spanning June 2015 in the EU and Italian pavilions, hence the selected date and locations). The event will help raise awareness and increase knowledge on these issues, with the aim of implementing best sustainable practices when dealing with the problem of water, food and energy. The event will bring together participants from Europe and beyond, including components from science, industry, policy and the civil society.
On the 18th, Mr Jippe Hoogeveen of the FAO Water Resources Division will chair the session ”Investing in human and social infrastructure” from 11.30 am to 1 pm, while Mr. Philippe Pypaert, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice, Italy, will chair the session ”Allowing transition to practice” from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. Concept note and programme available here.
September 19: International Geneva Food Talks - Event organized by the Municipality of Geneva and the United Nations Office at Geneva in collaboration Perception Change Project, taking place from 15.30 to 17.00 at the Swiss Pavilion. Several representatives of international organizations, including OHCHR, ILO, WHO, UNEP and UPOV, will do a collective presentation of their work in relation to food. They will discuss about a partnership created in Geneva to fight iodine deficiency, the most common cause of brain damage in the world; how alternatives are found to using pesticides that can be dangerous for your health; how to make sense of the “ethical” and “sustainability” labels, and how a food and agriculture business can contribute to sustainability. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. An informal cocktail afterwards will provide a possibility to meet the speakers and discuss related topics of interest.
September 20: The event "Trees are alive because they make apples, leaves and wind (Camilla, 5 years old) - Experiences and ideas for an education about environment and food sustainability" is organized by Reggio Children and the institution Scuole e Nidi d'infanzia del Comune di Reggio Emilia during the “protagonist week” of the Region of Emilia Romagna at Expo Milano 2015. It will be held at the Auditorium of the Italian Pavilion from 11 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday. Ms Camelia Bucatariu of the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO, specialized in issues of food waste and loss, will participate.