Organized by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, the Third International Conference Agriculture and Food in a Urbanizing Society will happen in the second half of 2018, at Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Agriculture and Food play a decisive role in the international agenda in recent years, given its relevance to the supply of an increasingly urban population with finite environmental resources. The development of new technologies in agrofood production accompanied by environmental and climatic impacts, the search for new models and supply systems that promote the interaction between producers and consumers, to safeguard the quality of food are the hot topics on the agenda of scholars, social movements, public and private agencies.

After two successful European editions (2012 at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, 2015 at the University Roma Tre in Italy), the Conference will take place in Brazil, consolidating its international character. The III AgUrb will be held by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State – UFRGS, a centennial institution, widely recognized as prestige center for education and research. The Conference seeks to reflect on new food production, distribution and consumption strategies for the 21st century. With an estimated audience of 800 people, the Conference is aimed at different actors involved in the agrifood field, from academics (professors, researchers and students); Public agents and stakeholders; professionals (agronomists, farmers, cooks, gastronomists, nutritionists, etc…), social movements, entrepreneurs and consumers. The program consists of activities that include lectures, presentation of scientific papers, reports of experiences, field trips and cultural activities during a five-day event.

The organization of the III AgUrb is already ongoing, lead by a local Organizational Commission and advised by a National and International Scientific Committee that gather academics such as: Dr. Gianluca Brunori from the University of Pisa, Dr. Andries Visser from Wageningen University, Dr Ye Jingzhong from Agricultural University of China, Dr. Renato Maluf from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Walter Belik from UNICAMP, among others. We would count with the support and partnership of different organizations in the agrifood field such as EMPRAPA CLIMA TEMPERADO, the Brazilian Association of Agroecology – ABA, the Ecovida Network and Via Campesina.

A series of preparatory activities will be help in different places at Brazil in order to to create a local and national mobilization around the event, as well as foster reflection in the state of the art of agriculture and food contributing to the III AgUrb programme.

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