The Mediterranean food system sustainability (Hamid El Bilali)

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So we can develop agriculture only when we integrate the traditional local knowledge with also the scientific knowledge coming from the research centers,from scholars, from researchers and so on.

My name is Hamid El Bilali, I am from Morocco and I am 33 years old.

In Morocco I got graduated in agronomy so I am an agriculture engineer.

I am from a small town near the capital city of Morocco, Rabat.

Scientists, of course,they have a piece of knowledge but also farmers, that deal daily with problems, that know better than scientistswhat are the characteristics of their area, can also provide scientistswith some insights into the problems and also with some innovative solutions.

My father is a farmer in Morocco.

Since I was a child, I always had to deal with crops, with animals, with nature, so I like that.

Maybe there is something that is missing because my father has a goodknowledge regarding the crops that was transmitted by his father to him, but there were lack of some scientificknowledge to understand for example few things regarding the management of fertility,of soil fertility, the management of irrigations.

Scientists and farmers can collaborate,can create networks, can create, you know, systems that allow the transmission, the diffusion and the dissemination of information and research result to farmers through a well performing agriculture extension and advisory services but this should be also a way to geta feedback loop from farmers.

And I think that Feeding Knowledgecan be very useful from this standpoint.

Our job, our task, is to connect the dots is to connect, to make linkagesbetween agriculture, food and rural development.

that's to a certain extent and that'saccording to me was a mistake will be considered separately.

We cannot have a good food, a sustainable food, without having a sustainable food production.

But sustainable food is aboutmore than sustainable food production because production is also part of the food chain.

If they would like to achieve food security and they would like also to add nutrition security, we have also to deal with food processing,with food distribution, with food consumption patterns and dietsand also with food losses and waste.

There is no such a need to increase- you know – agricultural production by seventy percent withrespect to 2005 till 2050 as, of course, was highlighted by theFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, because this was calculated considering business as usual scenario,but we can choose things.

We can help addressing this problem also by reducing food losses and waste just to give you a figure about 30 to 50 % of food producers never get to cunsumers because it iseither lost in the post harvest period or wasted by consumers.

Our objective is to establish,to draft guidelines that will be of course drafted in a participatoryprocess involving all the actors of theMediterranean food system because solution should be shared solutionsthey cannot be, of course, imposed on someone they should be accepted culturallyalso by every body and by every country.

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