What is WaaForAgenda2030
Waaforagenda2030 is an action plan for the next ten years to promote sustainable development and best practices in the agricultural, agri-food and forestry sectors.
The Action Plan is divided into three parts:
where the different focus areas that make up the plan are represented for dissemination purposes. The six themes of the focus areas of the Action Plan are dealt with in relation to the sustainable development goals in a popular way:
Climate Change and Production Territory
Climate changes and production areas represent the indicator of the adaptability of crops to the production environment. Adaptability to different production environments with respect to climate change measures the resilience of agricultural production.
The contribution of the agricultural sector to climate change is crucial. A long phase of new planning of agricultural systems, their insertion and their effectiveness to mitigate the effect of change opens up for the production areas.
Nutrition and food waste
Nutrition and food waste represent the indicator of the efficiency of a Farm’s agricultural production. The links in the agri-food chain are evaluated with respect to the production-consumption ratio. Another element of measurement is represented by the cultural diversity of consumption.
Food as a cultural brand: its choice also determines its social status. But how and how much to produce? It is necessary to give concrete technical answers to inequalities and contradictions for the construction of a democratic society and a development perspective.
Biodiversity and genetic improvement
Biodiversity and genetic improvement represent the indicator for measuring the ecosystem complexity of a Farm. It measures the critical issues of the simplification of production processes, the singular specificity of agronomic choices, the use of modified genetic resources and at the same time the genetic variability aimed at both the perpetuation of the species and greater resistance to the threats caused by adversity.
If genetic improvement represents the scientific and professional progress of the agronomic world, it is necessary to take effective actions to stop the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure the resilience of ecosystems.
Sustainability and Productivity
Sustainability and productivity represent the indicator of the efficiency of the use of natural and anthropogenic resources of a Farm. The evaluation of efficiency is based on accounting for production both in terms of consumption and in terms of inputs / outputs.
How to produce more for the new needs while limiting the impact on the environment? The methodological approach of the future must aim at the balance of resources through careful planning of consumption.
Local development and identity
Local development and identity represent the indicator of the territorial organization of production processes. The relevance of anthropic changes determines its landscape recognition, irreversible soil loss, community relations.
The identity of agricultural production is also local identity; the correct planning and design of production sites helps to support the transmission of value that an identity territory can reveal.
Design culture and social responsibility
The term “Agronomist” was born in the eighteenth century to indicate an expert in agricultural sciences.
In ancient times among the Sumerians, the role of Agronomist was considered sacred and of exclusive priestly attribution. The Agronomists presided over the census and stacking of agricultural areas, foundations of new colonies, and all operations in the countryside. The activity of the agronomist was considered sacred because it intervened on fatal aspects for society related to food and therefore to the very survival of the human population. The agronomist assumed the priestly and judicial function by assigning the land, defining its boundaries, creating irrigation systems, prescribing times and methods of cultivation and harvest.
Even today, the agronomist focuses his activity on delicate aspects, potentially dangerous for the environmental balance, intervenes on natural cycles, sometimes altering them voluntarily for the needs of production and nutrition, he enters new extremely risky frontiers such as those of bioengineering.
Environmental safety and the protection of health and food are the current objectives of the profession.
This shows how the figure of the agronomist has always had, since its inception, a very important social involvement, so much so that the “working” role of the agronomist cannot be removed from the social sphere.
The high degree of operational possibility entails a considerable social responsibility for which the professional must necessarily operate according to ethics.
The Sustainability Campus – the Network of Pilot Farms 2030 projects, consisting of the projects that will be activated by the various partners in the world and which will represent the concrete contribution of professionals, researchers and companies to change towards sustainability.
In the dedicated space on the portal there will be the opportunity to participate in the project, to support a project, to propose a project and to support the “Agronomists World Academy” Foundation for the development of organization, dissemination, promotion and communication activities.
where citizens of the world can visit the Global Farm of the Future 2030 in its various components.
In particular through the following thematic itineraries:
- “History of Man, stories of food”, an informative path of the professional history of the agronomist and his contribution to the design of systems for food production (from Columella to the present day) will be developed;
- “Abundance and deprivation: the paradox of the contemporary”, in this itinerary we will develop the theme of nutrition and food waste, promoting the discussion on current models and on what basis planning and design can be developed in a sustainable way.
- “The future of food”: in this itinerary we will develop the theme of design culture and social responsibility as a fundamental element for tracing a new model of producing, transforming, consuming and reusing food.
- “Sustainable food = fair world”: in this itinerary we will develop the themes of Sustainability and Productivity, through an analysis of needs, soil fertility, production sizing, essentially smart farms.
- “Clusters”: in the different project clusters we will highlight the different professional experiences, the methods of knowledge transfer, the adopted standards, emergencies and professional perspectives.
- The Paths of the “Global Farm” aims to relate the different countries by building “Type Farms” to verify the conditions and status of production with respect to the issues of Biodiversity and genetic improvement, Sustainability and Productivity, Development and local identity, Nutrition and food waste, Design culture and social responsibility, Climate change and Production area.
An experience that will guide us for the next ten years: 2030 is very far away but it becomes close if we face it together.
Help us build it together.