Share of Best Practices, by Carla Brites (Researcher at INIAV) and Teresa Lino (Head of Quality & Operations Control at Aromáticas Vivas)

This session was split into two parts:

In the first one, Carla Brites, researcher at INIAV – a public laboratory that develops research in the areas of agriculture and veterinary sciences -, talks about some types of ancient cereals and the differences between them and modern seeds. It also mentions the impact that the ‘Green Revolution’ had on wheat production.

In the second half, we had a talk by Teresa Lino, from Aromáticas Vivas – the biggest Portuguese producer of aromatic herbs -, in which she presented the work her company is doing in preserving natural ecosystems through sustainable and organic production practices.

Ancient grains and regenerative agriculture, by Daniela Fonseca (Specialist on byproducts’ evaluation and management at Food4Sustainability) and Cláudia Costa
(Head of Academia F4S at Food4Sustainability)

In this session, we had two representatives from the Food4Sustainability CoLAB – a non-for-profit association dedicated to innovation in sustainable food production.

First, there was a talk by Professor Cláudia Costa about the work that is being developed by the organization and its projects. Then, Daniela Fonseca talked about how climate change may affect agriculture productivity and the role of regenerative agriculture in the transition to a sustainable society.

Besides that, Daniela also explained the benefits of ancient cereals, highlighting characteristics such as climate resilience and nutritional value.

Round Table: boosting ancient cereals in Portugal, with Fátima Duarte (Researcher at Cebal), Violeta Lopes (Engineer at Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal) and Isabel Sousa (Professor at ISA & Coordinator of LEAF)

The last session was a round table with three experts: Fátima Duarte, researcher at Cebal – a research development unit; Violeta Lopes, engineer at Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal – a germplasm bank for preservation of genetic resources and biodiversity preservation; and Isabel Sousa, Professor at ISA – an agronomy higher education institution.

They talked about the current situation of the agrifood sector in Portugal, highlighting the challenges ahead and how sustainable practices and ancient seeds valorization could improve the industry in the country.