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Cultivos para el siglo XXI

Cordoba | Spain | 12/11/2012

Goal of the Event
Discuss and raise awareness around the importance of the neglected and underutilized species. Stress the importance of small farmers, of underutilized crops and associated traditional knowledge in global food and cultural identity of peoples; Emphasize the contribution of underutilized crops to increase resilience to climate change, in reducing the vulnerability of small farmers and rural communities and in improving the agricultural ecosystem services; Review and analyze progress and methods in the repositioning of underutilized crops in the markets for the benefit of small farmers; Highlight the growing importance of underutilized crops to diversify diets, improving the nutritional quality of foods and enhance the culinary possibilities, both in developed and developing countries; Contribute to setting priorities in international cooperation on research and development of NUS and promising crops within the framework of the fight against hunger and poverty; Promote cooperation and synergies among stakeholders and between organizations involved in policy-making, project development and funding thereof; Contribute to the celebrations of the UN International Year of Quinoa.

Brief description
The Seminar has been organized in five sessions:
1. First session (General overview): presentation of NUS with regard to their importance in income generation, rural development, food security and improvement of human diet and resilience to climate change;
2. Second session (Contribution to the celebrations of the 2013 International Year of Quinoa): devoted to quinoa and other Andean crops. It will be the first event organized to mark the celebrations of the IYQ. A roundtable will cover history, use, production, trade and potential use of quinoa beyond its area of origin.
3. Third session (Opportunities and limitations of the NUS to feed a growing population, promote resilience and generate income for the poor): there will be a general presentation followed by two roundtable discussions to debate successful cases and new initiatives with NUS. Afterward, an open forum will take place with internationally renowned chefs.
4. Fourth session (Cooperation: institutions and stakeholders): it will promote better understanding and cooperation regarding policies and activities in the areas of research, development and funding of institutions and organizations with an interest in these crops. There will be two roundtables: one between institutions and other between stakeholders, i.e. farmers, researchers, academia, private sector, civil society and consumers. Informal meetings between 3 institutions will be facilitated fostering cooperation, to avoid duplication and catalyze joint activities and projects.
5. Fifth session (From global to local: agrobiodiversity in Andalusia): a review of the current status in the use of NUS through a Spanish case study.

Number of partecipants: 300

Contact person: Elisa Peirone


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