In the framework of the Italian initiatives promoted on the occasion of the World Food Day, officially scheduled to take place on 14 October at the headquarters of FAO, the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will hold on Thursday 13 October from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Aranciera di San Sisto, Via delle Camene n.11, in Rome, a Seminar on "Agriculture, Food and Climate Change." This year's theme relates to the global message FAO chose for the WFD 2016 "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too." It is also connected to the upcoming UN conference on Climate Change (COP 22), which will take place in Marrakech, from 7 November to 18 November.
The title of the seminar highlights how food and agriculture need to adjust to climate change to be able to feed a growing world population in a sustainable fashion. The Seminar is organised in cooperation with the Italian development cooperation Agency (AICS), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Program (WFP), Bioversity International, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, CIHEAM.
The Seminar will be attended by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Elisabetta Belloni, with contributions by, among others,: Andrea Olivero, Deputy Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies; Mauro Libè, Advisor to Minister of the Environment, Land and Sea; Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director; Daniel Gustafson, FAO Deputy Director General; M. Ann Tutwiler, Bioversity International Director General; Cosimo Lacirignola, CIHEAM Secretary General; Adolfo Brizzi, Director of the Policy & Technical Advisory Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and the representative of the Italian Climate Coalition, Elisa Bacciotti.
Pietro Sebastiani, Director General of Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will conclude the works.
Geologist and scientific writer Mario Tozzi will chair the seminar.
After the end of the Seminar and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the winners of the FAO 2016 WFD Poster and Video Contest will be proclaimed.
Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event are requested to send their applications by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org (tel. 06/36913685).
Accredited journalists, photographers and TV crews will be able to enter the Aranciera di San Sisto, in Via delle Camene n.11.