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Thoughts for Food: Sustainable Agriculture and its Technological and Social Opportunities

The term "sustainable agriculture" has gained significant momentum. This is because sustainable agriculture offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for farmers, consumers, policymakersand many others in the food production cycle. On top of that, new technological innovations also changed conventional agricultural production. Challenges and limitations shall be discussed by high calibre experts from Germany and Egypt in order to identify new ways of academic cooperation.
 
Agriculture has changed dramatically in the past decades, besides others due to the ever growing increase of the population number. The production of food and fibre crops and animal products has increased markedly due to new farming technologies, including new high-yield varieties of crops, mechanisation, and the increased application of pesticides and fertilisers. Government policies have also encouraged farmers to maximise production. These changes have allowed fewer farmers to produce the majority of the world’s agricultural crops. Although these changes have had many positive effects and reduced many risks in farming, there have unfortunately also been some significant costs.
These include: the clearing of native vegetation, soil erosion, the decline in soil fertility, groundwater contamination, increasing costs of production and declining returns on family farms, and the closing of services in rural communities.
 
The goal of the conference was to impart and deepen the understanding of the complexity of the agricultural system through three different working groups. Through an interdisciplinary approach, as is represented by the DWZ’s network, complex interrelations were emphasized and discussed.

Programme:

Keynote : The Role of Policies for Food and Nutrition Security in MENA and Egypt

Dr. Clemens Breisinger, International Food Policy Research Institute

Keynote: Innovations for Sustainable Agriculture in Arid Region

Hany El Kateb, Member of the Presidential Advisory Council of Scientists and Experts, Egypt Senior Scientist at the Technische Universitaet München)

Session 1: Meeting Tomorrows Demands: Challenges in the Transition from Conventional to Sustainable Agriculture

Chair: Prof. Dr. Michael Frei, University of Bonn

·         Amr Bassiouny, Managing Director, Egyptian Hydrofarms: „From Rooftops to Robotics: Egyptian Hydrofarms and the Advancement of Hydroponic Technology in Egypt“

·         Dr. Martin Buchholz, TU Berlin: “Greenhouse based desalination for sustainable agriculture in desert climate”

·          Faris Farrag, Founder and Owner, Aquaponics:  “Innovations towards Food Security and Water Conservation in Arid Lands”

·         Helmy Abouleish, Chief Executive Officer, Sekem  Group: “Sustainable Land Reclamation and Community Building in the Desert

Session 2: Innovations for Sustainable Agriculture

Chair: Prof. Kamil Naguib Mettias, Agriculture Research Center

·         Prof. Dr. Ahmed Gaber, Cairo University: Chairman, Chemonics Egypt Consulting: „Anerobic Digestion of Agricultural Waste. Review of Recent Technological Developments"

·         Dr. Nabil Omar, Agriculture Research Center: “Improvement of Soil Fertility and Healthy Food by Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) and Bioremediation”

·         Dr. Magdi T. Abdelhamid, National Research Centre: „Improvement of drought and salt tolerance of wheat genotypes under field conditions by high throughput precision phenotyping”

Session 3: How to Feed the World? Resource Efficiency by Biotechnological Applications

Chair: Prof. Dr. Eid Megeed, Agriculture Research Center

·          Prof. Dr. Michael Frei, University of Bonn: „How Crop Biotechnology can help us to face the Challenges of Global Change“

·         Dr. Taher Salaheldin, Agriculture Research Center: „Nanotechnological Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development”

·          Prof. Dr. Amira Adel Taha AL-Hosary, Assiut University: „Vaccine and Vaccination in Farm Animals in Egypt”

·          Dr. Ahmed Raouf Hamed, Agriculture Research Center: „Development and Application of Biological Control of Insect Pests in New Reclaimed Land”

 

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