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Organic food and farming research in Italy: a review by Italian Ministry of agriculture and forestry policies(MIPAF)

Puliga, S.; Marzetti, A.M.S.; Canali, S. and Zecca, F. (2005) Organic food and farming research in Italy: a review by Italian Ministry of agriculture and forestry policies(MIPAF). Speech at: ISOFAR 2005, Adelaide, Australia, 21-23 September 2005.

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In Italy, as in other countries, Organic Food and Farming (OFF) research suffers of a very high fragmentation being carried out by many public research institutes, Universities and private centres. In more recent years, due to the increasing relevance of OFF within national rural development programmes strong efforts have been addressed towards an improvement of the efficiency of the fundings distribution, the research system and its activity reorganization, and a reduction of overlapping initiatives.
A view on projects and institutions currently working on OFF research in Italy is presented, mainly focusing on the available public financial instruments and the main projects funded by MIPAF. Most of the Italian research projects investigates plant production subjects, some actions are involving animal production, animal health and welfare and environmental aspects. To face the problems of the transferring and exploitation of knowledge and research results to OFF system, some actions have also been taken up as the “National Information System on organic farming”, (www.sinab.it), financed by MIPAF. Futhermore, recognizing the need to coordinate research efforts also at transnational level, MIPAF is now one of the 11 partners of the CORE-Organic Coordinated Action, started in October 2004, cofinanced by the UE Commission. This Coordinated Action could represent a very powerful tool to strengthen the future National and International research actions and cooperation.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Speech
Keywords:Italy, research projects, financial resources
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Country reports > Italy
Research affiliation: Italy
International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Related Links:http://www.isofar/adelaide2005/index.html
Deposited By: Puliga, DR Serenella
ID Code:5515
Deposited On:07 Sep 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:31
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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