Conference Cycle Portuguese Catholic University – Lusomorango

Mar 18, 2021

  • Knowledge and Innovation in the decade of digital transition will be the theme of the first session of this cycle of four conferences that aims to discuss the excellence of Portuguese agriculture in the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union
  • Agriculture sustainability in its environmental, social and economic aspects will be the focus of the national and international experts panel

Odemira, 19 de março de 2021 – The Center for Applied Studies of Universidade Católica Potuguesa and Lusomorango, the largest Portuguese Producers Organization in the fruit and vegetable sector, in turnover, will promote a cycle of four conferences dedicated to the “Strategic vision for agri-food – Know to decide, Plan to act”.

The first conference, which will take place on March 24, is dedicated to the “Knowledge and Innovation in the decade of the digital transition” and will bring together a set of national and international experts on issues related to innovation and digital transition in agri-food. 

Get to know the program of the 1st Conference here.

With the confirmed presence of the Minister for Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, this first conference also has the participation of António Câmara, of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, as keynote speaker and the presentation of two case-studies by Rick van de Zedde, of University of Wageningnen, and Joep van den Bosh, of Ridder.

Daniel Ribeiro, of Hidrosophh, Amândio Santos, of Portugalfoods, and Ondina Afonso, of Continente Producers Club will participate in a round table moderated by Shrikesh Laxmidas, of Jornal Económico, media partner of this Conference cycle. Nuno Canada, of INIAV, will make the final remarks and analysis.

The conference will take place in a digital context and to participate all you must do is access Jornal Economico’s website at

Strategic vision for agri-food – Know to decide, Plan to act

The Conference Cycle “Strategic vision for agri-food – Know to decide, Plan to act” will focus on the excellence of Portuguese Agriculture in the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union and will bring together national and international experts in a plural and open debate on innovation and digital transition and agriculture sustainability in its social and economic environmental aspects. 

The context created by the European Ecological Pact and the From Farm to Fork Strategy provides the opportunity for these debates aimed to build paths and solutions that make the Portuguese Presidency an important milestone in the Common Agricultural Policy.

These conferences intend to be a space for reflection, debate, and presentation of good practices which highlight the role that Portugal can play in the European context, and serve as support to guide decision-making and action processes by public authorities and private initiative, toward a greener, more resilient and more prepared Europe.

How to leverage the agri-food economy by matching all the values and constraints involved and how to use innovation and technology to produce more, with less impact and resource use, in a stable and predictable manner, allowing investments and attracting foreign capital are some of the questions for which this initiative aims to find answers. 

The relevance of this issues and the intention to build a Portuguese Presidency legacy on the vision of agri-food for the future also led Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Lusomorango to press ahead for the continuation of these initiatives in the countries that will then assume successive presidencies of the European Union, in particular, Slovenia and France.

The Conference Cycle “Strategic Vision for agri-food – Know to decide, Plan to Act” is an initiative of Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Lusomorango, with institutional partners such as CAP, Portugalfoods, Portugal fresh, COTHN and AHSA, with the support of Millenium BCP and Jornal Económico as media partner.