The Italian agrifood system will be among the priorities for promoting Italy’s economic and industrial system at Expo 2020 Dubai and in the build-up to the Exhibition.
The occasion for analysing the challenges facing the sector was offered by Agrifood Next. The event was organised in Siena by the Italian Secretariat of Prima, the Qualivita Foundation, the university and the hosting municipal authority, in collaboration with the Italian Commissioner’s Office for Expo 2020, in order to cast the spotlight on examples of technological innovation among small- and medium-size agrifood companies and favour the emergence of tomorrow’s professional figures.
Research and innovation in the sector will take centre stage at the Italy Pavilion and will be key topics for debating with counterparts of other nations participating in Expo 2020, as explained Paolo Glisenti, the General Commissioner for Italy a Expo 2020, who spoke at the conference alongside Massimo Inguscio, the Chairman of the Italian National Research Council, and Angelo Riccaboni, the Chairman of Prima.
The Siena conference was also an opportunity to value the 4 major areas of interest on which to base the interventions in the sector: optimisation of water resources in agriculture; fertilisation and cultivation of arid lands; protection of forestry biodiversity; promotion of the Mediterranean diet.
In addition, many innovation stories emerged in Siena, including soilless cultivation of grapes, irrigation via smartphone, the robotic trap for combating the olive fruit fly and the greenhouse that saves up to 90% water.
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