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Land, Soils and Their Positive Role in Geopolitical Peace: an Utopia or A Feasible Way to Humankind?
José Graziano da Silva is a Brazilian American agronomist and writer. As a scholar, he has authored more than 25 books about the problems of agriculture in Brazil. Between 2003 and 2004, Graziano served in Brazil as Extraordinary Minister for Food Security. In 2006, Graziano became an Assistant Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and served as FAO's regional representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was elected director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2012 and re-elected in 2015. Graziano da Silva has had a long and distinguished academic career from 1978 through the present day, serving as a full professor at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and Chair of the Master’s and Doctoral Program in Economic Development, Space, and Environment at UNICAMP’s Institute for Economics.
Soils of the world: how to reconcile the needs for food, fuel, water quality and biodiversity
Pedro A. Sanchez is Research Professor of Tropical Soils at the University of Florida Soil & Water Sciences Department and core faculty of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems. Previous, he was Director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Director of the World Agroforestry Center, co-chair of the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, and director of the Millennium Villages Project. He has lived in Cuba, the Philippines, Peru, Colombia and Kenya, and supervised research programs in over 25 countries of Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He is the 2002 World Food Prize laureate, a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012 for his “led path-breaking research on soil management for improved food production in the tropical world”.
Soils and biodiversity: providing global scale benefits
Diana H. Wall is the Founding Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, a Biology Professor, Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. She is an environmental scientist and a soil ecologist and her research has focussed on the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys. Wall investigates ecosystem processes, soil biodiversity and ecosystem services and how these are impacted by global change. Wall is a globally recognized leader and speaker on life in soils and climate change. Wall has received the Mines Medal, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research President's Medal, the Soil Ecology Society Professional Achievement Award, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and in 2018 was elected in the National Academy of Sciences.
Integrated soil-crop system management for food security and sustainability
Fusuo Zhang is the Director of Center for Resources, Environment and food Security, at China Agricultural University. His research is mainly focused on how to realize high crop yield, high nutrient use efficiency and protect environment at the same time, in order to ensure food security and realize sustainable development in China. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers, including Science, Nature and PNAS and got 2007 IFA International Crop Nutrition Award as well as 2014 Award for Agricultural Science from The World Academy of Science. He pioneered a new model of transfer of knowledge to farmers and fertilizer industry and successfully tested in 15 provinces across China. He got 3 national and 5 province awards on science and technology advances, and has been elected to be the members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the International Eurasian Academy of Science.
Brazilian Soils: food, fuel and beyond
Lucia Anjos is professor of Department of Soil Science, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), and Vice-Dean of Graduate Research. Graduated in Agronomy, specialist on Soil Genesis and Classification, working with soil taxonomy, soil management, soil organic matter, and ethnopedology. Advisor of the Graduate Program of Agronomy - Soil Science (CPGA-CS) and the Graduate Program in Science, Innovation and Technology in Agriculture (PPGCTIA). Chair of Division I - Soils in Space and Time of the Brazilian Soil Science Society. Member of SSSA, and in the IUSS is the Vice chair of Division I, member of the WRB Working Group, the Universal Soil Classification WG, and vice-chair of the Guy Smith Medal Award Committee. Member of the National Committee for development of Brazilian Soil Classification System (SiBCS) and of the PRONASOLOS working group.
Brazilian Agriculture: Beyond food and fuel
Maurício Lopes was the leader of the Maize Breeding Program and Head of R&D of the Embrapa Maize and Sorghum Center. He also was the Head of R&D of Embrapa, and head of R&D of Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology center. His contributions in R&D strategic planning and management include coordination of Embrapa´s current R&D Management System; coordination of a Competitive Grants Process; implementation of the strategic intelligence platform, among others. Dr. Lopes worked at the FAO; at Labex in Korea, at Agropolis Foundation, in Montpellier; at the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Germany; at the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, in London; at the International Advisory Committee of the Global Bioeconomy Council, Germany and at the World Food Center, in Davis. He was the Executive Director of R&D of Embrapa, and Currently, he is the President of Embrapa.
Soils as a Key Factor in the Mitigation and Adaptation Measures in Climate Change
Thelma Krug is a senior researcher at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) where she headed the Remote Sensing Division and then the General Earth Observation Coordination. She coordinated the Tropical Forest Data Subprogram of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). She was Deputy National Secretary in the Secretariat of Programs and Policies of Science and Technology in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil, and National Secretary in the Secretariat of Climate Change and Environmental Quality of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA). Most recently, she was the Director of the Department of Policies for Combating Deforestation of the MMA. She was co-chair of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In October 2015, she was elected vice president of the IPCC.
Collective Design of Farming Systems That Conserve and Promote Soil Functions
Pablo Tittonell is coordinator of the National Program Natural Resources, Environmental Management and Ecoregions of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) of Argentina. Professor of the Ecology of Agricultural Systems at the Wageningen University, at the University from Montpellier, and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires. He worked at Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute of CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya (CGIAR), and followed by CIRAD in Montpellier, France. He is currently a member of the scientific council of the Agropolis Foundation (Montpellier), and coordinator of the Soils, Envirnoment and Ecosystem Interactions division of the European Union of Geo-sciences (EGU). He is a frequent consultant for FAO and various CGIAR institutes, and teaches postgraduate courses in in different countries of the world.
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