How can policy influence innovation: An exploration of climate-smart activities in Emilia-Romagna




climate change, climate-smart agriculture, RDP, innovation, solution, technology


Climate change is one of the main issues in agriculture. Considering its involvement in the global anthropogenic emissions (GHG) it is no wonder that research is devising ways on how to reduce such effects. A solution to such problems is climate-smart agriculture (CSA). In this paper, we analysed which are the main opportunities granted by agricultural policies when aimed at sustaining innovative agricultural models. A review of the ongoing 93 Rural Development Projects (RDPs) uncovered potential climate-smart solutions for the identified potential threats. The Ministry of Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing of the Region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy has given importance to RDPs to innovate the agricultural sector through policy measures. We analysed an Operational Group (OG) project as an overview of the work. In the case of Emilia-Romagna, the amount of innovation and solutions that can be achieved if policies invest in CSA is very clear. Emilia-Romagna is on the forefront of technological and practical advancements in the EU by implementing CSA as one of the primary solutions to the aforementioned problems and will continuously work on transitioning its agricultural practices to fight climate change.

Author Biographies

Camilla Chieco, Institute of Biometeorology, National Research Council, Bologna, Italy

Chieco is currently working as researcher at Institute of Biometeorology, of the National Research Council of Italy (IBIMET-CNR). Fields of interest: Insects physiology and anatomy: specialized in insect physiology and anatomy, with expertise in insect reading, biological assay and insecticide resistance; areas of interest include insect embryonic development and metamorphosis hormonal control. She is currently working on the silkworm nutritional aspects with focus on the physiological aftermath of artificial diet functionalization. Ecophysiological studies on Volatile Organic Compound emission (VOC): studies on volatile organic compound emission (VOC) from vegetation at plant and ecosystem scale.

Plant physiology and eco-physiology: studies on plant physiology and eco-physiology to investigate the effectiveness in carbon sequestration and in gaseous and particulate pollutants removal by broadleaf tree species in urban environment.

Federica Rossi, Institute of Biometeorology, National Research Council, Bologna, Italy

Senior Researcher at Italian National Research Council, Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET) Bologna.
Currently: Vice President Commission Agricultural Meteorology- CAgM- Word Meteorological Organization;
Member of the Inter-Commission Coordination Group of the WMO Integrated Global Observing Systems WIGOS;  Member of the Management Group of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology CAgM; Member of the Steering Committee of WAMIS/CAgM/WMO (World AgroMet Information Service); Founding Member and Web Editor of the International Society for Agricultural Meteorology- INSAM; Member of the RAVI Working group on Climate and Hydrology- Task team Agrometeorology; Expert evaluator European Community. FP7-People-ITN Marie Curie; Italian Representative International Society Horticultural Science; Member of the working group of Scientific experts of the European Food Safety Authority for the quality revision of the EFSA scientific outputs (2010-2013).




How to Cite

Chieco, C., Rossi, F., & Tadi?, S. (2019). How can policy influence innovation: An exploration of climate-smart activities in Emilia-Romagna. Italian Journal of Agrometeorology, (1), 25–31.




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