Central-South Italy

CentrSouthItalyGeneral information

Name of region Central-South Italy (Foggia, Ancona, Beneventano)
Global Environmental Zone(s) (Metzger)  
Population density (persons per km2)  
Contact (general) Domenico Ventrella
Contact (ag. scenarios) Pier Paolo Roggero (P62)
Location (NUTS code) ITF41, ITE32, ITF32
Dominant regional farming system(s)
(SEAMLESS nomenclature)
 
The three most important
farming systems in region

(SEAMLESS nomenclature)
  • arable-cereal
Main crop species  
Main livestock species  

Regional development goal in rural spatial planning

Specific issues the region deals with/will deal with

Durum wheat cropping systems as monoculture or in rotation with grain legumesLow profitabilityDecrease in crop area in many regions (increasing imports)Resilience to changes in the world commodity marketFew profitable alternative of land useRisk of abandonment of farming and land desertification

Regional challenges with regard to climate change

Crop yield stability vs spring droughtTillage on heavy soils vs persistent rains constraining seeding datesGrain quality (N)Soil organic C dynamicsSoil erosion on slopesFarm management in conditions of monoculture with growing climatic and market uncertainty

Proposed solutions to overcome the challenges

Contribution to answering the focus question

Food securityAgriculture sustainabilityInvestments on plant breedingGHG emissions associated to durum wheat production under Mediterranean conditionsFarm profitability under uncertain climate and market conditions

Important adaptation measures that are or will be considered in the study

Water management is important to this region.
Irrigation is important to this region AND will be included in the modelling exercise
Drainage  
Species/varietal choice is important to this region AND will be included in the modelling exercise
Plant breeding is important to this region.
Changed planting/sowing days is important to this region AND will be included in the modelling exercise
Crop rotations is important to this region AND will be included in the modelling exercise
Alternative tillage methods is important to this region AND will be included in the modelling exercise
Pest/weed management is important to this region.
Housing of livestock  
Land consolidation is important to this region.
Management of feeding and reproduction of livestock  
Structure and scale of production adjustment  
Crop insurance  
Exit from agriculture is important to this region.
Climate alertness  
Political regulations at various administrative levels is important to this region.
Others is important to this region.
  Introduction of a buffer stock scheme

Models, stakeholders, advancement of knowledge

Models used in the study
Socio-economyCropsGrasslandLivestock

A4SMOD: Discrete Stochastic Programming Model (territorial and representative farms)

Farm Budget Analysis

Input (available from P62 UNISS, UNIVPM or CRA SCA, FADN, ISTAT)

Farm structures: FADN, 2010 Agricultural Census Land Use: FADN, 2010 Agricultural Census, Corinne Land Cover

Use of inputs and yields: UNISS, UNIVPM or CRA SCA

DSSAT v 4.5EPIC v 0810

Input (available from UNISS, UNIVPM or CRA SCA:
climate: daily Tmax Tmin rainfall
soil (by horizon): texture (%gravel sand silt clay) %C, bulk density
cropping system practices
crops dataset useful for calibration

NONE NONE
How are results of of crop and livestock models assimilated in socio-economic models?How is technological progress in arable agriculture taken into account?How is technological progress in livestock farming taken into account?
     

Participating stakeholders

Agro-business or agro-food chainAdministrative bodies or regional or national governments

In Europe: pasta industrial association (http://www.pasta-unafpa.org/)

In Italy: Associazione delle industrie del dolce e della pasta http://www.aidepi.it/en/association.html

Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori Puglia, http://www.scianet.it/ciapuglia/

Consorzi di bonifica e Irrigazione (Water Users Associations):Consorzio di bonifica dell'Oristanese, www.bonificaoristanese.it

Associazione nazionale bonifiche, irrigazione e miglioramenti fondiari (ANBI), www.anbi.it

Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry policies www.politicheagricole.it

Agricultural councillorship and agricultural agencies in the following regions: Sardinia, Campania, Puglia, Marche

Farmers Unions of Italy

Italian national research project "IC-FAR" coordinated by PP Roggero and linking 7 long term field experiments including wheat rotations

Coldiretti www.coldiretti.it

Confagricoltura www.confagricoltura.it

Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori www.cia.it

Farmers organizations at district level (Organizzazione dei produttori)

Approaches for involving stakeholders
 

Improvement of the modelling capability by involving stakeholders

How did the modelling capability improve by involving stakeholders?Effect of the involvement of stakeholders on the questions asked, on the assessment, or on the solutions suggested
   
Points that researchers learned from stakeholdersPoints that stakeholders learned from researchers
   

Further information

References

Ventrella D., Giglio L., Charfeddine M., Lopez R., Castellini M., Sollitto D., Castrignanò A., Fornaro F. 2012. Climate change impact on crop rotations of winter durum wheat and tomato in southern Italy: yield analysis and soil fertility. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 7:e15, 100-108, DOI: 10.4081/ija.2012.e15.

Ventrella D., Charfeddine M., Moriondo M., Rinaldi M., Bindi M. 2012. Agronomic Adaptation Strategies under Climate Change for Winter Durum Wheat and Tomato in Southern Italy: Irrigation and Nitrogen Fertilization. Regional Environmental Change, 12, 407-419.

L. Gutierrez, F. Piras, P.P. Roggero 2013. Short and long-run impact of climate changes on worldwide grain prices, Communication at the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas 9 - 12 April 2013 - Bonn, Germany

Dono G, Cortignani R, Doro L, Giraldo L, Ledda L, Pasqui M, Roggero PP, An Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Changing Climate Variability on Agricultural Productivity and Profitability in an Irrigated Mediterranean Catchment, WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, DOI: 10.1007/s11269-013-0367-3

Dono G., Cortignani R., Deligios P., Doro L., Giraldo L., Ledda L., Mazzapicchio G., Pasqui M., Quaresima S., Roggero P.P., Economic Assessment of impact of uncertainty due to short-term changes in climate variability for in Mediterranean farming systems, Communication at the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas 9 - 12 April 2013 - Bonn, Germany

De Sanctis, G., Roggero, P. P., Seddaiu, G., Orsini, R., Porter, C. H., & Jones, J. W. (2012). Long-term no tillage increased soil organic carbon content of rain-fed cereal systems in a Mediterranean area. European Journal of Agronomy, 40, 18-27.

Farina, R., Seddaiu, G., Orsini, R., Steglich, E., Roggero, P. P., & Francaviglia, R. (2011). Soil carbon dynamics and crop productivity as influenced by climate change in a rainfed cereal system under contrasting tillage using EPIC. Soil and Tillage Research, 112(1), 36-46.

Collaborators CRA: Luisa Giglio, Monia Charfeddine

Collaborators, UNISS: Luciano Gutierrez, Luca Doro, Paola Deligios, Giovanna Seddaiu, Luigi Ledda

Collaborators, UNITUS: Gabriele Dono, Raffaele Cortignani, Luca Giraldo, Graziano Mazzapicchio

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