Programme – .pdf version


MARCH 5, 2015

8:45-9:00  Registration

9:00-9.45 Welcome remarks

Angelo Riccaboni, UN SDSN Mediterranean Chair
Gianni Salvadori, Agriculture Minister, Tuscany Region, Policy and Vision in Agri-food Sustainability “Made in Tuscany”
Piermaria Corona, Director of “Agriculture Research Council” CRA, Arezzo, Delegate for Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy
Khaled Makkuok, Advisor for Agricolture and Environment, National Council for Scientific Research, CNRS, Lebanon
Franco Rizzi, Secretary General of UniMED

09:45-11:30 Agri-food Visions from the Global to the Mediterranean Context

Achim Dobermann, Director of Rothamsted Research, Setting Relevant Regional Indicators and Targets for Sustainable Agriculture

Eugenia Ferragina, ISSM, CNR, Water and food security in the Mediterranean: strategic issues influencing the geopolitical equilibrium at national and regional scale, Italy

Alice Perlini, Programme Manager of “Feeding Knowledge”, Feeding Knowledge Programme – a legacy of Expo 2015, Italy

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:30 Session 1: Efficiency Use of Resources in Agriculture

Chair: Achim Dobermann

Anagnostis Argiriou, Centre for Research and Technology, Developing a framework for responsible innovation in the Mediterranean perspective: the case of -omics science, Greece

Morsi El Soda, Alexandria University, Milk, an elixir for life or a deadly poison, Egypt

José T. Esquinas Alcázar, Former Secretary of the FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources, Plant Genetic Resources for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Mediterranean, Spain

Florence Jacquet, Researcher France INRA, UMR Moisa, France Sustainable Agricultural development in the Mediterranean Area, France

Levent Kurnaz, Co-Chair, SDSN Turkey,Efforts towards enhancing sustainable agriculture in Turkey, Turkey


13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:00 Session 2: Transformative Changes in Technologies and Policies in Agro-food Sector

Chair: Sébastien Treyer, Director of Agricultural Program at IDDRI, France

Aden Aw-Hassan, Director, ICARDA, Harnessing innovations in transforming agriculture in the South Mediterranean Countries, Jordan
Gabriele Canali, University “Cattolica del Sacro Cuore”, Piacenza, Towards sustainable agri-food chains … avoiding sustainability traps, Italy
Marwan Haddad, Water and Environmental Studies Institute, An-Najah National University, Palestine, Policy Change: Bottom Up Approach for Better Agro-Food Management and Sustainability in the Mediterranean, Palestine
Samira Nefzi, Tunisian Observatory of Environmental and Sustainable Development, Directions and Orientations of a sustainable agriculture, Tunisia
Claudio Rossi, University of Siena, Italy, Tuscan Food Quality Centre, Italy


 16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-17:30  Session 3: New Business Models for Agriculture

Francesco Candelari, Fondazione CRT, UNAOC – Entrepreneurs for Social Change, Italy
Dionys Forster, Corporate Operations Agriculture, Nestlé – A Corporate Perspective on Agricultural Sustainability, Switzerland
Malek Lakhoua, Domaine Sidi Mrayah, The case of sustainable business transformation in Tunisia: olive oil and olive-based products, autochthones cereals and solutions for efficiency use of resources in agriculture, Tunisia
Mark Leighton, Sustainability and Environmental Management Program (SEM), Harvard Extension School, Research and analysis to develop small scale farm enterprises and investment policies, U.S.A.


17:30-18:00  Skype connection with Jeffrey Sachs

18:00-19.30  Session 4: The Role of Youth for Sustainable Development; Towards the Launch of SDSN Youth

Presentation of SDSN Youth:

Achim Dobermann, Opening remarks
Dario Piselli, University of Siena, Italy, The vision and mission of SDSN Youth. The role of youth in the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs
Sila Temizel – Bogazici University, Turkey, Proposed structure of SDSN Youth and institutional integration with SDSN
Fulya Kundaklar, Bogazici University, Turkey, SDSNY campaigns, involvement in the SDGs process, and issue integration with SDSN
Dario Bettaccini, University of Siena, Italy, SDSNY outreach with regard to youth worlwide and educational initiatives

Other Participants from SDSN Youth:  Jessica Arkesden – University of Leeds, U.K.

20.00  Cocktail and light dinner

MARCH 6, 2015

09:15-10:30 Panel: The Role of Cooperation to deal with MED Agri-food Challenges

Abdelilah Afifi, Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, Morocco
Ilan Chet, Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean, Spain
Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry,
President, EMUNI University, Slovenia
Tia Kansara,
Director, Kansara Hackney Ltd, PhD Researcher, UCL Energy Institute, UK
Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General, CIHEAM Bari, Ita
Dimitris Tsaltas, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Discussion with Participants moderated by Achim Dobermann and Remarks by Workshop Moderators

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-13:00 Session 5: Solutions and Projects on Ausgri-Food Stainability

Contributions among others by:

Claudio Bogliotti
, CIHEAM – IAMB, Italy, “MedSpring: research solutions for innovation and cooperation in the Food sector”

Susanna Cenni, Camera dei Deputati, Membro Commissione Agricoltura

Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), The Role of Parliamentary Diplomacy in addressing Food- Security, Malta

Cristina Fossi, University of Siena, Plastic Busters Flagship Initiative, Italy

Representatives of Italian Navy, Collaboration with University of Siena for Plastic Busters Initiative


Solutions presented by:

Fabio Fava, University of Bologna, NAMASTE – New Advances in the integrated Management  of food processing waste in India and Europe: use of Sustainable Technologies for the Exploitation  of by-products into new foods and feeds, Italy

Valentina Giannini, CMCC, Methods and tools for a sustainability analysis of conservation agriculture in Morocco: the ACLIMAS Project, Italy

Gianni Gilioli, University of Brescia, SPMP-MED – A Sustainable Pest Management technological Platform for the MEDiterranean basin, Italy

Solutions youth:

Tommaso Campani, University of Siena, Innovative methods to recycle by-products of olive oil production and their reuse as soil improvers in agriculture and plant nursery, Italy


Simone Borghesi, University of Siena, FDI, Environmental externalities and capital segmentation in a poor rural economy, Italy

Claudio Cantini, University of Siena, Guardians of Agro-Biodiversity: Recovery and Exploitation of local fruit Germplams for Sustainable Farming, Italy

Naida Corsi, IPASS, An innovative technology for fabrication of metallic membranes for agro-food industry wastewater treatment, Italy

Franco Cotana, University of Perugia – CIRIAF, Project CLASS – Cluster on Environmental Footprint and Sustainable Development, Italy

Antoine Farhat, Notre Dame University, Nutritional Solution for Recycled Industrial Food Waste, Lebanon

Alessandro Galli, Global Footprint Network, Ecological Footprint of Mediterranean countries: A focus on food resource’s access and utilization, Italy

Valeria Paganizza, University of Eastern Piedmont, Edible Insects: Food for the Future? A Legal Perspective, Italy


13:00-13:30  Concluding Remarks by Angelo Riccaboni and Achim Dobermann

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

15:00-16:30 SDSN Mediterranean Partners’ Meeting