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EEF 2019 | 15th EEF – European Ecological Federation Congress

Role of agriculture in the climate change era for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Speakers

Filipa Monteiro | Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Patrícia Vidigal | Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food (LEAF), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), Universidade de Lisboa

Mónica Sebastiana | Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Andreia Figueiredo | Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Bernardo Duarte | MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon,

Maria Manuel Romeiras | Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food (LEAF), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), Universidade de Lisboa

Aladje Baldé | University of Jean Piajet of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Andrew Barnes | Team Leader Policy, Innovation and Behavioural Change | Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group | Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh, UK

Luís Catarino | Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

João Santos Silva | Centro de Competências para o Tomate de Indústria (CCTI)

 

Abstract

To accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agriculture is essential to meet these targets. The key role of agriculture adapted to climate fluctuations can contribute towards ensuring food and nutrition security by reducing losses, increasing productivity, with less dependency on production inputs, while preserving land and water biodiversity. Projections for global climate variations expect an increase of aridity, salinization, temperature fluctuations to occur sharply and frequently, and spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall to be disturbed, all of which will increase abiotic and biotic stress-related challenges to crops. Countering these challenges and to meet the food requirement for future generation (expected to reach 10 billion by 2050) we need to (1) develop and use resilient crops for mitigating adverse climatic changes; (2) build farming systems that optimize land and water availability to achieve consistent productivity; (3) adopt farming techniques towards soil conservation; (4) invest in technology and knowledge transfer to influence the creation of viable policies towards future nation-wide and worldwide sustainability. This symposium will gather scientists and stakeholders that are actively contributing for the Iberian Peninsula agriculture and the World agriculture to meet SDGs.

 

Short Presentations

Agriculture-based SDGs: how to achieve sustainability in West Africa
Filipa Monteiro

Exploring the potential of multipurpose crops towards soil conservation and sustainable production to face climate challenges
Patricia Vidigal

The role of mycorrhizas in agro-ecology: an approach for a sustainable management of agriculture
Mónica Sebastiana

Coping with sustainability demands for viticulture: breeding programs and soil microbiota as promising approaches for reduction of pesticide and water usage
Andreia Figueiredo

Agri-Innovations towards a sustainable crop and food production
João Santos Silva

Halophytes as a natural and sustainable mean to mitigate saline agriculture
Bernardo Duarte

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