Title of the conference open to the public :


– Finding innovation pathways for Ecological Agriculture and drop down food insecurity 

– Horizon 2020 new challenges & opportunities between Europe and Africa 

 Themes :

-Strengthening capacity building’s alliances for transforming Agro food productivity .

– Developing criteria and  capacity for modernizing agriculture

-Building competency networks in modernizing agro-food to overcome hunger and malnutrition

-Growing resilience between Agriculture -Nutrition and Health within a gender approach.

-Advancing in bio-green economy and blu-ocean innovation priorities in Africa 

The Nutra Africa Conference will  attend ; project’s partners and stakeholders, and representatives of Regional. National or International ,organizations, researches policy makers, jounalists, and SME’s of other members of private business sectors.

Languages of the conference : both Italian and English without translation

The public conference is open and without any fee.


  • Premeeting H. 16.00-18.00  2014-April 10  afternoon:
  • private project’s “consensus meeting”, restricted to invited project’s partners and stakeholders. Theme: Finalizing the NUTRA-AFRICA proposal on the call “Horizon 2020 – SFS.6.2014: Sustainable intensification pathways of agro-food systems in Africa. This partners’meeting will be held c/ o Regione Toscana  VENUE: HALL  Barbarossa – Palazzo Cerretani – I FLAT – Piazza dell’Unità 1 –Firenze (very near to the centralstation of SMN-in Florence)
  • 9.00-13.30 2014/April 11 , morning:          public conference, opened to all interested: representatives of Regional, National and International organizations, researches policy makers, journalists, SMEs or other members of private business sectors.



9.00- 9.15 Welcome od Authorities .
Prof. Marco Bellandi – Prorettore Trasferimento Tecnologico e Presidente IUF –UNIFI.

9.15-9.30 : Introdution of the Conference : Paolo Manzelli , President of EGOCREANET : ” Schifting paradigm of Agro-food Innovation in Africa”. (*)

9.30 -10.00 OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE dr Raffalele de Lutio Ministry of Foreing Affairs V.Director of a DGMO 13 , Mondialization of MFA for Africa .Concept Paper on SUPPORTING THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN AFRICAN SUBSAHARAN.

10.00-10.20 Prof Marco Bindi : Agriculture UNIV. Fitrenze :The role of climate change on the agricultural development of African countries: impacts and adaptation strategies”10.20-10.40 – Leonardo Cannizzaro National Council of Research : “Advancing in  blu-ocean innovation priorities in Africa”. 10.40-11.00- Prof Bruno Biavati -Agriculture Dpt. Univ.of Bologna: “Development of knowledge about fermented foods used in Africa.”11.00-11.20- Prof Mario Tredici , Agriculture University of Florence , ““Microalgae: a novel source of high-quality food ingredients to combat malnutrition in Africa”11.20-11.40 Roland Poms – ICC ( International . Crops Corporation _ Austria ) CCI partnership for Africa Agriculture innovation  11.40-12.00 , David Alejandro Solano Grima, – Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (ES) and National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) “The contribution of sustainable forestry and agroforestry to food security”,12.00-12.20 – R. C. Gatti, A.Bombelli, CMCC – IAFENT, Viterbo : “CMCC research activites in Africa”; 12.20-12.40 –Mauro Perini .Water Right Foundation “Towards expo 2015: knowin water to nourish the planet ” ; 12.40 13.00 Roberto Negri : NGO VISIS President : Visis, by volunteering a witness from Africa

12.40 -13.00 -Closing lecture :Prof. Donato Romano . Faculty Of Economy University of Florence.”The development of agriculture as a contribution to food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan Africa”

 13.00 -13.30 –EFB Consultant Presentation : “Europe for Business: our role in the project”


2014/March/11. ; (*)



è  CONCEPTUAL PREMISE by Paolo Manzelli :


New pathways for increasing agricultural productivity in Africa calls for an ecologic-agricultural transformation as requested by the strategic framework of Horizon 2020 to encompass traditional agro-industrial productivity and an obsolete agri-business economy.

A support action for spread Horizon strategy of research and innovation of Agricultural transformation in Africa need to explicit the challenging perspective of green economy and blue-ocean revolution.

NUTRA-AFRICA project’s innovation aims to share new models of eco-economic growth both for Europe and Africa , which includes overcoming cultivation declines concerning deforestation and climate changes, to increase land productivity that enhance nutritional quality, food security, reduce poverty and added wealth values across the farming policy development program in Africa.


Please confirm your presence in the public conference and in the project meeting,

and please propose an your speech on one of the listed topics,

sending an email to Paolo Manzelli (President of EGO-CreaNET),


è  NUTRA-AFRICA is organized by EGO-CreaNET, an R&D onlus at the Business Incubator of University of Florence

è  NUTRA-AFRICA Conference is sponsored by the Ente Cassa Di Risparmio di Firenze and the ChiantiBanca.


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