Pablo Tittonell

Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology & University of Groningen
Networks that feed us, keep us cool and preserve nature

Pablo Tittonell is Principal Research Scientist by Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET) with a seat at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria(INTA), in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and holds a part time WWF-endorsed Chair Professorship on Resilient Landscapes by the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences, in The Netherlands.

He is the former national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA and former Chair Professor of Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands. He acts as external Professor at the Ecole Doctorale GAïA 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 (UN-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) in Montpellier, France 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.

Networks that feed us, keep us cool and preserve nature

Ecosystems are made of networks. So are too the socio-ecosystems that we call agricultural landscapes. From trophic networks in soils to nutrient, energy and information flow networks on the farm, or social networks between farmers and other agricultural actors, markets, consumers, etc… Resilient landscapes are those that have retained the integrity and/or favoured the establishment and connectivity of networks at these various integration levels. Agroecology harnesses interdisciplinary knowledge to design resilient agricultural systems and landscapes that rely on vital networks. Understanding and highlighting the role of networks in socio-ecosystems can influence our way of thinking and enacting bio-cultural diversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, while feeding a growing a more affluent population in a sustainable way. During Life2021, I will share a few examples of networks and their contribution to resilience in socio-ecosystems to open the floor to a fruitful, inspiring exchange of ideas.