Water, Food Security and Environmental Sustainability

Venice, May 6 – 7, 2015

“The challenge is to produce more in a more sustainable way. If you would like to discover what science could do for these issues, participate to the conference Water, Food Security and Environmental Sustainability on 5, 6, 7 May. In the context of Aquae Venezia 2015, the universal exhibition dedicated to water, we will discuss this with some of the major experts.”

Water is a key determinant for crop productivity worldwide. Irrigation enables greater agricultural production and accounts for 90 percent of water consumption worldwide. This trend of consumption is not sustainable in the face of the ongoing climate changes. The conference will cover several topics related to the present and future water demand in agriculture, including the role of basic and applied plant research in defining and transferring beneficial productivity-related traits to crops, and the socio-economic consequences associated with the forthcoming increase in food demand. The conference will offer an up-to-date overview of the technological steps which may help produce crops with a smaller water footprint. It will also address the cultural, economic and sociological factors hindering the transferring of these technologies to the field.

New approaches are urgently needed for water management in agriculture. This conference aims at highlighting the role of science in delivering solutions for a sustainable crop production.

The themes:

  • Food Security
  • Plants and water consumption
  • Plants tolerant to environmental stress and with reduced water consumption
  • Increasing crop production
  • GMO and new technologies applied to agriculture

Languages will be Italian and English, with simultaneous translation.

Participation will be with registration.