Conference Cycle Portuguese Catholic University – Lusomorango

Mar 26, 2021


  • Conference cycle with the participation of experts dedicated to the sustainability of agriculture in its environmental, social and economic aspects

Odemira, March 26, 2021 – The Center for Applied Studies of Portuguese Catholic University and Lusomorango, the largest Portuguese producer’s organization in the fruit and vegetable sector, in turnover, will promote, on March 31, the second of four conferences dedicated to the “Strategic vision for agri-food – Know to decide, Plan to act”.

“Food competitiveness and balance in the Value Chain” is the theme of this second conference that will bring to discussion issues such as the European market for the agri-food sector, irrigation as a factor for agriculture competitiveness, the competitiveness of European agriculture in the global context, the relevance of an intelligent fiscal policy to comply with the goals set out in the European Green Deal, the importance of supporting the incomes and resilience of viable farms across Europe to enhance food security, and the circular economy and its relation with the fight against food waste.

Filipe Santos, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Dean of Católica-Lisbon will be keynote speaker in this second session, and Pierre Silva, Fruit & Vegetables/Flowers & Plants Purchasing Director of Lidl Portugal, will present a case study on the theme of the conference. 

The program also includes a round table that will bring together Carlos Nunes Pinto, Commercial Director of AICEP, Daniel Soares, Marketing Export Manager of Interfel, Russell Allwell, Senior Vice President, Managing Director EMEA of Driscoll’s and João Confraria, Assistant Professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Luis Medeiros Vieira, former Secretary of State of Agriculture, will comment and analyze all the session.

Get to know the program of the 2st Conference here.

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 themes associated with 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 Green Act and the From Farm to Fork Strategy provides the opportunity for these debates aiming 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 also 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 for more production, 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 Portuguese Catholic University 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.