13 May 2014
Agroforestry and Biodiversity

Farm Woodland Forum annual meeting

29 May 2014
Soil Association National Livestock Event

The Soil Association and The Woodland Trust event in Gloucestershire



21 April 2014
Improving resource efficiency in crop and livestock systems

Report from NUE-CROPS and LI-BREEDS workshops

18 April 2014
Tenancy opportunity at Dartington

Opportunity to take on a pioneering farm on Dartington Hall estate



11 March 2014
Agroforestry letter to Defra

26 organisations call for Defra to back agroforestry

Events

First Solibam Stakeholder Congress

19 April 2012
to 20 April 2012

Shaping the future of agriculture: The role of diversity in low-input and organic cropping systems

Venue: San Nilo Abbey, Grottaferrata - Rome, Italy
Time:14:00 on 19th April 2012 to 17:00 on 20th April 2012

The SOLIBAM Congress is a public event designed to introduce a wide range of stakeholders to this EU funded project, which started in 2010. The aim is to provide an international forum for discussion around four topical themes linked to policy foci. These comprise: 1) The greening of agriculture 2) Climate change, what challenges for breeding and agriculture? 3) Cropping systems of the future and 4) Seeds and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

This 2-day event will be held on 19th-20th April 2012. It is the first public Congress stemming from the EU-funded SOLIBAM project (Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management). The objective of SOLIBAM is to develop novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve the performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying hypothesis is that diverse populations in diverse organic and low-input systems are more resilient to stress and can therefore better adapt to environmental variation.

This Congress will address a key issue for SOLIBAM and for agriculture today: how do we ensure food security and food quality while maintaining environmental and socio-economic sustainability. It will be organised in roundtable discussions according to four topical themes. In each roundtable representatives from different stakeholders (e.g. farmers’ associations, policy makers, scientists, & industry) will express their views after a keynote speaker has introduced the theme and a member of the SOLIBAM team has reacted by relating it to the work being carried out within the project.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. The registration deadline is 5th March 2012 and the conference fee is 80€. This covers coffee breaks, lunch and proceedings. There is also a 10% reduction for IFOAM EU members who register early. To register, please complete the registration form, available on https://colloque.inra.fr/solibam_congress or www.solibam.eu.

Also, see our flyer (PDF 210KB) for further information. For more details about SOLIBAM, go to Plant Breeding on the Research and development tab of ORCs website www.efrc.com.



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