Professor Konstadinos Mattas from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki presented a lecture during the summer school “Climate Change Impacts on the MED Agro-Food Chain”, which took place on 9-14 September 2019 at the Schloss Rauischholzhausen, in Hessen, Germany. During his lecture, entitled “Climate and value products”, Mattas included the results from the Strength2Food EU project, highlighting especially the sustainability of geographical indication (GI) products.

The goal of the international summer school was to foster interdisciplinary research and dialogue, to better understand and tackle the challenges that environmental and climate change create for agriculture. For this purpose, it brought together researchers from diverse fields such as climatology, geography, sociology, nutrition and agricultural policy.

In a combination of interdisciplinary lectures, workshops and excursions, the participants worked on the key topics:

  • climate change impacts on regional farming systems
  • emergent risks, opportunities and adaptation
  • food security and sustainable food production
  • agricultural policy and economy
  • climate models and crop modeling

Within this framework, the participants also presented their own research and developed research proposals under the umbrella theme “Agro-Food Chain Challenges in the Mediterranean”.