The Summer school was presented, the training school organized by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the Department of Agriculture of the Federico II University, the Future Food Institute and the Campania Region.
Tradition, multidisciplinarity and innovation. The Agricultural Policy Course starts today as part of the LXII Advanced Master in Agricultural Economics and Policy of the Department of Agriculture of the University of Naples Federico II in its historic location, the Portici Palace. The Master, conceived in the sixties by Prof. Manlio Rossi-Doria, through its multidisciplinary nature and strong of a cultural and scientific tradition recognized in Italy and abroad, has trained researchers and managers over the years. The Royal Palace of Portici still represents a source of pride for the University of Naples Federico II, not only for its architectural beauty, but also for the large spaces of the park and the facilities, which not only provide adequate logistics for the needs of training and research but also a very dense and lively cultural environment for both students and researchers who attend it. Furthermore, the Department of Agriculture represents excellence in the panorama of research and teaching both nationally and internationally.
The event, which is part of the EU AgriFood Week, saw the participation of Ambassador Antonio Parenti, Head of the Representation of the European Commission, of the Director of the Department of Agriculture Prof. Danilo Ercolini, of the President of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Prof. Giuseppe Cringoli, Prof. Albino Maggio, coordinator of the doctorate in Sustainable agricultural and forestry systems and food security, Sara Roversi, president of the Future Food Institute and Teresa del Giudice, president of the Scientific Center of Portici and Professor of economy and rural appraisal at Federico II University. Maurizio Martina, FAO Deputy Director General also spoke in connection. During the occasion, the Summer school was presented, the training school organized by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the Department of Agriculture of the Federico II University, the Future Food Institute and the Campania Region. The aim of the course, which will take place at the Paidea Campus in Pollica from 11 July, is to investigate the problems of the agri-food sector and the aspects related to the Policy Mix of public intervention.
“The European Commission has worked and strongly wanted this week on Agrifood because it is an area of a sector that is assuming ever greater importance unfortunately recently for the wrong reasons, relating to the war in Ukraine, but first for reasons much more correct and long-term, linked to the concept of one health, a holistic system of health that must naturally and necessarily start from the way in which we eat, from the way in which agricultural products are produced – declared Ambassador Antonio Parenti -. These are policies that today see a strong interest from the European Commission which has launched fundamental strategies, Farm to fork, biodiversity, and of course also a revision of the CAP. These are policies which, however, need people trained consistently with these objectives in mind. In this context, the need and the will to come today to the inauguration of the advanced Master in Agricultural Economics and Policy at the Federico II University arises to meet the students who tomorrow will have to be the advocates of these policies in the area and also the critics of the activities. carried out and their implementation on the ground “.
“The ongoing war makes public opinion discover the importance of issues related to global food security – said Maurizio Martina, FAO deputy secretary who spoke with a video message -. Thanks to the Federico II University, the Future Food Institute and the European Commission for the work they are doing: it is necessary to train professionals capable of thinking about tools capable of giving concrete answers, developing awareness of the centrality of these issues and building synergies to face the challenges that we face when we talk about the right to food, innovation and technology applied to agriculture, enhancement of the value chains of the supply chains “.
“We thank Ambassador Parenti for coming to the inauguration. Our goal both with the Master and with the Summer schoool and with our courses is to train researchers and professionals who know how to be European and who manage to be a valid support for national and international public institutions that face long-term global and complex challenges. period ”, declared Teresa del Giudice, president of the Scientific Center of Portici.
“A strategic relationship is consolidated for the Future Food ecosystem, for that of the UNESCO emblematic communities of the Mediterranean Diet and for the Italian system of innovation in agriculture – adds Sara Roversi, President of the Future Food Institute -. We are proud to start concrete projects with the Faculty of Agriculture of the Federico II University that will lead us to collaborate on experimental projects and advanced training programs on 11 July at the Paideia Campus in Pollica ”.
“Our projects with European Institutions and with the Food Future Institute include a broad vision that involves both research and training. The opportunity offered by the National Agritech Center will allow the implementation not only of significant advances in knowledge but also the implementation of innovative approaches in building networks between different actors to ensure the training of technicians adequate to the challenges that await the agri-food industry in the near future ” declared Danilo Ercolini, Director of the Department of Agriculture.