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Did you know that women and agricultural biodiversity are closely linked? Every day, women grow, harvest, process, cook, buy or sell a diversity of food and agricultural products to sustain their families, contributing to the conservation of agricultural biodiversity while feeding the world.

In order to celebrate these women, we organized an event - Agricultural biodiversity, value chains and women’s empowerment, which took place on the 17th of September 2015 in Milan, Italy. Read this blog post - Women from four corners of the globe share stories of food and empowerment in Milan - to learn more.

The official campaign hashtag is #BioWomen.



Morning session – Conference room: ORLANDO
10:30-11:00 • Registration
11:00-11:05 • Opening by Barbara Serra, journalist and moderator of the morning session
11:05-12:25 • Roundtable discussion:

M. Ann Tutwiler, Bioversity International, Eugenia Serova, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Maria Hartl, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gigi Manicad, Oxfam Novib and Cinzia Scaffidi, Slow Food

12:25-12:45 • Debate with the public
12:45-12:55 • Conclusions by Cristiano Maggipinto, Italian Development Cooperation

Lunchtime – Conference room: TURISMO
13:00-13:30 • Press conference and buffet for journalists

Afternoon session – Conference room: ORLANDO

14:15-14:30 • Registration
14:30-14:40 • Opening by the afternoon session's moderator Syusy Blady, presenter, author, actor and art director

14:40-16:00 • Contributions from several development actors:

  • E.D. Israel Oliver King, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
  • Jayalalitha Easwaran, custodian farmer, India
  • Malliga Seerangan, custodian farmer, India
  • Rokia Sanogo, University of Bamako, Mali
  • Aminata Ouattara, custodian farmer, Mali
  • Vivian Polar, PROINPA Foundation, Bolivia
  • Sebastiana Choque, custodian farmer, Bolivia
  • Oremo di Nino, Majella National Park, Italy
  • Catuscia Sissa, custodian farmer, Italy

16:00-16:10 • Gender Empowerment for a Sustainable Rural Development, Rosanna Quagliariello, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-IAMB)
16:10-16:20 • Women’s empowerment in the Fairtrade system, Giuseppe Di Francesco, Fairtrade Italia
16:20-16:45 • Debate with the public
16:45-17:00 • Coffee break offered by Fairtrade Italia
17:00-18:30 • Cooking demonstration and tasting of Indian snacks and other typical products.


Orphan crop recipe postcards

On the left you can download 4 colorful postcards that illustrate four delicious ways of using orphan crops in your diet. These recipes were developed by chefs and nutritionists as part of a Bioversity International project funded by IFAD. The aim was to promote the use of underutilized, climate-smart and nutritious crops for the nutrition security and livelihoods of local communities, with a special focus on women's empowerment.




Bioversity International at Expo Milano 2015