Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and projects in the food sector
Food safety and food safety requires the contribution of local farmers. To be able to harvest a safe and nutritious product. Even in a changing climate. The key to this ability may lie in the genes. Which are traditionally kept in their fields. Is that proprio thanks to the interaction with the local communities. From university to safety food. Frontier research and tradition. Thus men “listen” to farmers. Of “participatory methods” speaks the Professor Matteo Dell’Acqua. Coordinator of the Research Center of Plant Sciences of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. These methods “allow you to access to traditional knowledge of local farmers “. This knowledge is “necessary to support adaptation strategies”. That “respond to local needs“. And that they “improve food security in a sustainable way”. I African cultural systemsMatteo dell’Acqua continues, “they gather an extraordinary cultural and cultural diversity”. Quantitative methods “Driven by data”. That “can enhance this diversity“. For the benefit not only oflocal agriculture. But equally for the world one.
“With these searches, frontier science meets tradition– explains Professor Dell’Acqua-. Unveiling the great potential of interdisciplinary methods. To improve the performance of plants. In the royals cultivation conditions. This information can aid in genetic improvement. A produce and select varieties that meet local needs. And that can mitigate the effects of climate change “. “Agriculture is also culture“, Observes Professor Mario Enrico Pè, professor of the Research Center in Plant Science. Between Promoters of AfricaConnect. At the core are “modern research approaches”. Based on data. “Come sequencing the DNA. And climate analysis “.
The group of geneticists of the Tuscan Research Center is studying how access the knowledge of farmers of subsistence. And how to include it in the scientific criteria used to support the genetic improvement of crops. A commitment that takes shape in numerous projects in the context of Africa Connect. This is a special program of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. Aimed at African themes. And which sees collaborations with African farmers and institutions. For apply advanced search approaches a development issue. The countries involved in the research of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna include Ethiopia, Niger, Mozambique, Kenya and Malawi. Where geneticists join the genomic research with climate science. And with participatory approaches. This allowed for “April new roads to the enhancement of local diversity“. And, “in concert with the farmers”, they are “the basis of every effort to guarantee food safety“. In a “fair and sustainable” way. To improve crops. With the commitment of geneticists of the Research Center in Plant Science. And the thrust of the World Day food safety. “To obtain just systems and equities– underline the researchers -. it is science called to listen to whom is dedicated to traditional crops in the southern hemisphere. Because agriculture is also culture “.
Therefore frontier research meets tradition. And listen to the “skyscraper“. To govern innovation and improve crops. There is the commitment of the geneticists of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa at the base of numerous projects. Developed under the Africa Connect. Beating fame in the way requires a radical sign of the gods agricultural systems global. So that food safety and safe food are a reality for everyone. Science, in fact, it cannot neglect agricultural systems of subsistence. Realities involving 570 million people around the world. And that provides sustenance to more than owed billions of people. Especially in the southern hemisphere. These are the data highlighted by team of geneticists of the Research Center in Plant Sciences. At the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. In the annual appointment of the world food safety day. An appointment established by a 2018 UN resolution. Furthermore, overcoming hunger in the world is also the second objective ofl Sustainable Development Plan “UN Agenda 2030”. Defined for make it more sustainable the development and life of people on the planet.
The goal is to develop varieties of plants that are suitable for climatic stress. And that it can thus contribute to the intense sustainability of local agriculture. This research approach has a dual purpose. On the one hand, that of deepening knowledge. About everyone ‘local agrobiodiversity. And to the mechanisms of adaptation to the climate of plants. In the contemporary he contributes to one greater inclusion of communities of local farmers. And the food independence of the place. Varieties of cultivated plants subsistence farmers they have precise traits of adaptation. Which I respond to both the climate and the local uses. There is a close connection in these agricultural systems. Between culture and agriculture. So that local agrobiodiversity tells not only a story of geniuses and diversity of plants. But also of agricultural practices and traditional food uses.
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