The slow blog
I was motivated to start blogging about agricultural sustainability, food security and nature conservation after noticing that international debates around these topics are largely driven by myths, perceptions, political discourses or sectorial interests, and not much by scientific evidence. I want to provide scientific insights and highlight different sources of knowledge to inform these debates. Through short opinion pieces, links, announcements and media pieces I aim to disseminate both (i) the type of information that would never make it to a scientific journal, and (ii) published scientific knowledge or hard evidence that is often less available to people involved in such debates, from development workers or environmental activists to teachers and policy makers. In line with the philosophy of slow food – and slow science – I take my time to write posts to provide as much info as possible while trying not to get too lengthy and boring… or that’s what I hope…
Pablo Tittonell is national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA, Argentina’s agricultural research organization. He is former chair Professor of the group Farming Systems Ecology of Wageningen University, in The Netherlands, and holds external Professorships at the Ecole Doctorale Sibaghe of the University of Montpellier, France and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an agronomist by training and worked both in the private sector and in academic/research organisations. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and his areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology, biodiversity and farming systems analysis. He participated in a diversity of research and development projects around the world on design, resilience and adaptation of farming systems, with a focus on social-ecological processes at the agriculture-nature interphase. His career in the international research arena (CGIAR) started at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute of CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya, and includes a period at the University of Zimbabwe, where he run research and educational programmes on soil fertility, conservation agriculture and agroecosystems modelling. He worked at CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) where he led a research team on Systems Design and Evaluation with activities in La Réunion, Brazil, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Benin, Kenya and Zimbabwe. He is a board member of the Montpellier based Agropolis Foundation, a member of the Latin American Society for Agroecology (SOCLA), and integrates the editorial board of the scientific journals Global Food Security and Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. He consults for the FAO and for three of the collaborative CGIAR programs, and supervises 22 PhD students with fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.