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Date: Friday, 3 July 2020
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM (CET)

The Italian Permanent Representation to the UN Agencies in Rome, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and the FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Crop Production and Agroecology are pleased to present the webinar A Taste of Biodiversity – A touch of cocoa into the Mediterranean Diet, towards a healthier and sustainable planet.

This online event is part of the initiative Mediterranean Diet’s Principles for Agenda 2030, a series of thematic sessions promoted by the Italian Permanent Representation that aim to raise awareness on how the Mediterranean Diet can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event aims to:

  • Present the contribution of food and agricultural biodiversity to food security and nutrition, resilience and sustainability in agriculture value chains, and highlight the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.
  • Present activities to preserve and promote biodiversity in the Mediterranean region and beyond, with special attention to mitigating the effects of COVID-19.
  • Present best practicesin conservation and sustainable production of cocoa that can be replicated in other regions and crops.

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Opening remarks

15:00 - 15:15

Moderator: Marcela Villarreal – Director, Partnerships Division, FAO 

  • H.E. Vincenza Lomonaco – Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN Agencies in Rome
  • Juan Lucas Restrepo – Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • Beth Bechdol – Deputy Director General, FAO

Session 1: Why biodiversity matters?

15:15 - 15:35
  • Biodiversity for food security, nutrition and healthy diets
    Teresa Borelli – The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • Why biodiversity is critical for healthy diets
    Anna Lartey – Director, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO
  • Biodiversity for sustainable agriculture
    Mario Marino – International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO
  • Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework: Environmental sustainability and agri-food system in the Mediterranean
    Basin Lorenzo Ciccarese – ISPRA

Session 2: How can we preserve biodiversity for future generations?

15:35 - 15:55
  • The future of agrobiodiversity: thinking global, acting local
    Chiara Villani – The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • The promotion of Conservation agriculture in the Mediterranean region
    Michele Rinaldi – CREA
  • Sustainable Cropping Systems
    Fenton Beed – Team Leader, Rural and Urban Crop Systems, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO
  • International Year of Plant Health and biodiversity
    Mirko Montuori – Project Officer, International Year of Plant Health, FAO

Session 3: How has biodiversity sustained present generations? The case of cocoa

15:55 - 16:15
  • The importance to preserve ancient cultivations as cultural heritage
    H.E. Massimo Riccardo – Permanent Representative of Italy at UNESCO 
  • Cocoa of Excellence
    Brigitte Laliberté – The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • Normative instruments to preserve biodiversity at the national level
    José Antonio Villena Sierra – President, Asociación Latino Americana de Denominación de Origen
  • Public-Private Partnership to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador
    Riccardo Mazzucchelli –  Public Information Specialist, International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat, FAO

Q&A session

16:15 - 16:35

Closing remarks

16:35 - 16:40
  • Mario Lubetkin – Assistant Director General, FAO