Website launch: New H2020 project HealthyFoodAfrica to improve nutrition in 10 African cities

Written by Daniel Alpízar African agri-food systems are facing numerous challenges related to climate change, rapid population growth, and urbanization. Both food production and consumption patterns must change in order to provide access to nutritious food while offsetting social inequality, environmental degradation, food loss, and inadequate waste management. HealthyFoodAfrica is an H2020 research & innovation […]

Una visione a lungo termine per le aree rurali toscane: l’esperienza del progetto SHERPA|Giampiero Mazzocchi e Francesca Galli

Written by Giampiero Mazzocchi and Francesca Galli La possibilità di influenzare e indirizzare in modo efficace l’evoluzione dello sviluppo delle aree rurali richiede sia la comprensione approfondita delle sfide attuali, che una visione complessiva e articolata di lungo periodo. Questo è il compito che il gruppo di lavoro sul progetto Horizon 2020 SHERPA ha svolto […]

Accesso alla terra e aree peri-urbane: un ciclo di incontri del progetto H2020 ROBUST|Sabrina Arcuri

Written by Sabrina Arcuri “De-carbonizzazione ed economia circolare sono divenute parole d’ordine nell’UE del 2040, insieme alla diffusione di modelli alimentari orientati a riavvicinare agricoltura e consumo locale. Perfettamente in linea con il contesto europeo, a livello locale l’operato della Piana del Cibo si è dimostrato efficace nel promuovere l’importanza di consumare prodotti locali e, […]

New article published: Daniele Vergamini et al. | Wine after the pandemic? All the doubts in a glass

PAGE group members Daniele Vergamini, Fabio Bartolini and Prof Gianluca Brunori have just published a new article “Wine after the pandemic? All the doubts in a glass.” It has been published as part of the Special section “Covid-19 Open Stream Contribution” in the Bio-based and Applied Economics (BAE) journal. This article is closely related to the […]

L’economia della biodiversità |Prof Gianluca Brunori

Written by Prof Gianluca Brunori Le comunità del cibo affrontano una delle tematiche centrali del dibattito di oggi, cioè in che modo le comunità locali possono “controllare”, orientare le proprie economie senza farsi travolgere da quello che succede nel resto del mondo. Una delle chiavi di comprensione di questi aspetti è nel diverso rapporto che […]

Blog series: Daniel Alpízar | The real cost of the battle against Covid-19: The case of Costa Rica and implications for food security

Written by Daniel Alpízar The small nation of Costa Rica has been mentioned by the international media as a successful case in the battle against Covid-19. In the middle of the pandemic torment in Latin-American countries – now mentioned as the next epicenter of the pandemic – this country has managed to maintain the contagion […]

Blog series: Prof Gianluca Brunori|How will COVID-19 affect the digitalization of rural areas?

Written by Prof Gianluca Brunori Coronavirus is a game-changer. It is disrupting the way we work, do shopping, learn, entertain, communicate, have social relations. Coronavirus is also generating a deep transformation in the way the production systems are organized. Everybody engages in thinking about what the ‘new normal’ life will look like. Whether we are […]

Blog series: Endar Purnawan|Satisfying food needs in Indonesia in the times of COVID-19

Written by Endar Purnawan The spread of COVID-19 is something that was never expected. It impacts all aspects of people’s lives and even tests a country’s endurance and capability. In Indonesia, the pandemic is still peaking with the number of the infected rising day by day. Large-scale social restriction policies were also implemented in the […]

Blog series: Giampiero Mazzocchi|COVID-19 has shown the potential of Urban Food Policies

Written by Giampiero Mazzocchi Some of the impacts of COVID-19 on relationships between cities and food have already strongly emerged, while others will be visible in the forthcoming months. All of us that live in cities or in close proximity have experienced the disruptions due to the restrictions and the closure of restaurants, canteens and […]

Blog series: Sabrina Arcuri|How has COVID-19 affected food poverty? Challenges and perspectives

Written by Sabrina Arcuri   It is true that COVID-19 hit with no discrimination, but its consequences are inevitably harder for the worse off. Low-income households, homeless people, the elderly, children living in food insecure households who relied on school meals before the pandemic. These are, without being exhaustive, among the most vulnerable categories of […]

New blog series: How the COVID-19 crisis could lead to more resilient food systems

This post is to announce a series of blog posts where researchers of the PAGE group at the University of Pisa are reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on our core research lines: socio-economic research in agriculture, food, and rural development. By now, the topic has been largely discussed in newspapers, social media, and various […]

Online DESIRA workshop|Digitalisation in agriculture: a challenge for interdisciplinary research

The H2020 project DESIRA (Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas) aims to assess the impact of digitalisation in rural areas, agriculture and forestry to maximize the benefits of technology serving the territory according to the principles of sustainability and responsible innovation. This workshop ‘Precision farming: comparing experiences and perspectives for responsible innovation’ is […]

Sustainability dilemmas: Ethics, Policy, and Science in the Management of Trade-offs

A lecture on Food as one of the resources in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This lecture is part of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus course at the University of Venice. Lecturer: Prof Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa Moderators: Matelda Reho and Giulia Lucertini Discussants: Matelda Reho, Giulia Lucertini, Sarah Stempfle and Gianmarco Di Giustino When: 29 April at […]

Video released: overview of the H2020 Project SALSA

What is a SALSA project about? Its main aim to provide a better understanding of how small farms and food businesses contribute to sustainable food and nutrition security (FNS). Get to know more about the project’s geographical context, key questions addressed, approaches used, and potential impact of the project in a short video here

Announced results of the European Rural Innovation Contest (EURIC)

In January 2019, the Horizon 2020 project ‘LIAISON‘ launched a Europe-wide contest to seek out innovative, inspiring and ground-breaking initiatives in farming, forestry and the agri-food supply chain. A total of 220 businesses, projects and initiatives participated in the contest from 21 EU Member States and from 2 neighboring countries. An international jury of independent […]

The inter-municipal Food Policy of the Lucca Plain: reflections and perspectives

A day dedicated to the inter-municipal Food Policy of the Lucca Plain organized by ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities), was held in Capannori on Tuesday 26th of November (at Palazzo Bocella di San Gennaro) and saw participants discussing the “recipe of the Food Plan “. ANCI’s interest was to take a regional look at […]

Urban Food Agenda (FAO). How can we bridge the local-national-global governance gap?

FAO organized two days of international consultation for the discussion of the “FAO Framework for the Urban Food Agenda”, on 21-22 November 2019 (at FAO headquarters in Rome). International stakeholders dealt with how to strengthen the links between policies for urban food systems, at local, national and global level. Stakeholders shared the main challenges and […]

174th Seminar of European Association of Agricultural Economists |Matera, Italy

The PAGE team attended the annual seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists. It was jointly organised by the main associations of agricultural economists in Italy and held in Matera between 10-12 October. This year the Seminar was dedicated to Economics of culture and food in evolving agri-food systems and rural areas and brought […]

ROBUST regional workshop on cross-sectoral interaction to improve rural-urban relations|Lucca, Italy

On 26 September, 35 stakeholders from municipal governments, agri-food initiatives and networks participated in the ROBUST regional workshop in Lucca. These diverse actors got together to talk about existing initiatives in the province of Lucca that aim to link rural and urban areas around food, culture and environment, as well as to discuss challenges they […]

Kick-off of new H2020 project on Economic & Social Impacts of Digitisation in Rural Areas

Between 4 and 6 September 2019, over 50 people representing 25 partners from 15 different European countries got together in Pisa to launch DESIRA – a new EU-funded project coordinated by the University of Pisa. The project will run 4 years. The overarching aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of digitalisation in rural […]

2019 Summer school on Digitalisation in Garfagnana |Sillico, Italy

University of Pisa is one of the 15 universities across the world that jointly organised a two-year programme of International Master of Science in Rural Development. Every year students of this programme experience rural development reality through a particular case study. The case study is also one of the summer schools promoted by the University […]