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CIHEAM and CIHEAM Bari will participate in the 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress | 15-18 November 2021 (Virtual)

12 November 2021


CIHEAM and CIHEAM Bari will participate in the 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress, convened by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, CGIAR, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. (Register here to attend the event).

The four-day virtual and interactive congress will take place on 15-18 November 2021.

World-renowned scientists, policymakers, development organisations, business leaders and representatives of rural farming communities from around the world will discuss the role of agrobiodiversity in the context of food consumption and production and the urgent need to conserve it.

During the last year a team of experts from CIHEAM and CIHEAM Bari has provided support to preparation, scientific organization and communication of the Congress, and CIHEAM Bari researchers will also participate with several contributions mainly focused on Eat (Consumption), one of the three Congress commitments to agrobiodiversity along with Grow (Production) and Save (Conservation).


Agenda of the 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress

featuring the sessions that include participation of CIHEAM and CIHEAM Bari:


Mon Nov 15, 2021

  • Statement from Partners (10:00-11:00 AM) 

The 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress is convened by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, CGIAR, and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and organized in collaboration with a wide range of partner organizations.

Speaker: Plácido Plaza, Secretary General, CIHEAM

  • Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge (2:15-4:00 PM)

The Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge will showcase leading innovations that can help farmers and food companies increase production effectiveness, competitiveness, and resilience, while conserving agrobiodiversity.  

The Challenge aims to inspire and advance research as well as bring to market science-based solutions to improve global food systems. It creates an opportunity for long-term research and development collaboration with CGIAR and its partners. 

The shortlisted contestants will pitch to the expert panel, VCs, CVCs, impact philanthropists, industry experts and in front of global audience. 

The winners will be awarded cash prizes, mentoring, partnerships, technology guidance or training and tuition for a master’s program.

Damiano Petruzzella, Scientific Administrator CIHEAM Bari, in the Selection Committee


Tue Nov 16, 2021

Scientific Symposium

The Scientific Symposium brings together scientists worldwide to present and share the latest evidence on agrobiodiversity's impact on socio-economic and environmental systems and explore links to global nd challenges.

  • Roundtable 1 - Value Chains and Food Environments - & Live Q&A (9:40-11:05 AM)

The Scientific Symposium Roundtable 1 will focus on ‘Value Chains and Food Environments’. 
Abstract authors will deliver a presentation of their work and engage in conversation with fellow presenters about their contributions to research on agrobiodiversity in relation to value chains and food environments.

Ivana Cavoski, Researcher CIHEAM Bari, Abstract Presenter. TITLE: Cornelian cherry: old fruit - new fashion


Side Event 

Mediterranean Diet: sustainable diets for sustainable life. Cultural heritage, nutritional benefits and social wellbeing


Tue Nov 16, 2021 (18:00-20:00 CEST)

Importance of the agrobiodiversity, food systems and diets in sustaining the change of paradigm and unravel the key actions needed to meet the SDGs of the UN Agenda 2030.

  • Agrobiodiversity and Food systems

Hamid El Bilali, CIHEAM Bari Senior Researcher, Panelist Session 1 SESSION 1: Agrobiodiversity and Food systems on multi-stakeholder platform on sustainable food systems in the Mediterranean (SFS-Med Platform) promoted by CIHEAM, FAO and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

Thu Nov 18, 2021 (6:00-8:00 PM)

  • Reawakened Foods Initiative: The Global Storytelling Initiative in Defence of Agrobiodiversity

The Reawakened Foods Initiative is the global storytelling call to action in defence of biodiversity. 25 storytellers from all over the world have been advanced in a total storytelling masterclass by The Lexicon and documented their own stories of agrobiodiversity.
Organizers are The Lexicon, and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT/CGIAR​.

Presentation of the story “Anchote: a reawakened food for resilient small rural communities in Ethiopia”

By Laura Scivetti, Communication and Social Media Manager (CIHEAM Bari)


CIHEAM Bari scientific contribution to the Congress

(available on the congress platform, register here)

  • Coccinia abyssinica: a reawakened food for resilient small rural communities. Reintroducing anchote to increase resilience of rural communities in East Oromia region (Ethiopia)

Tiglu Tesfaye (Ethiopia), Annarita Antonelli (CIHEAM Bari)


  • Community Conversation, a gender transformative approach for socio-cultural change 

Patrizia Pugliese, Annarita Antonelli (CIHEAM Bari), Hawi Hirpessa (Ethopia)
  • Exploring the connections among food products, diets and sustainable food systems: insights from the assessment of typical products sustainability in Apulia region, Italy

Francesco Bottalico, Gianluigi Cardone, Giovanni Ottomano Palmisano, Hamid El Bilali, Antonia Acquafredda, Roberto Capone (CIHEAM Bari)
  • Reawakened Food, Ecosystem Services and Governance

Generosa CalabreseGaetano Ladisa, Gianfranco CataldiMassimo Zuccaro (CIHEAM Bari)
  • Cornelian cherry: old fruit - new fashion 

Ivana Cavoski, Anđela Martinović (CIHEAM Bari)
  • Biodiversity, diets and nutrition in Burkina Faso and Niger

Hamid El Bilali (CIHEAM Bari), Lawali Dambo, Abdou Moumouni (University Niamey, Niger), Jacques Nanema, Joseph KI Zerbo, Imaël Henri Nestor Bassole, Joseph KI Zerbo (University Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), Generosa Calabrese (CIHEAM Bari)