The Rural Territorial Development with Cultural Identity Program (RTD-CI) implemented by the Latin American Center for Rural Development (RIMISP) with support from the Ford Foundation and the National Institute for Agrarian Economics (INEA), as a member of the Italian National Rural Network, under the Observatory of Structural Policies initiative organized on 4 and 5 November 2010 in Rome the International Conference
The RTD-CI program with its partners in Italy, Slow Food, the University of Florence, the National Institute of Agrarian Economics set up the program of visits and meetings on the mission of the Associação Brasileira das Entidades Estaduais de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural (ASBRAER), held between February 23 and March 3 in Turin, Orbetello, Florence, Montepulciano, Roma and Naples.
The Rome Conference in 2010 represented an initial framework for stronger cooperation between Europe and Latin America in the field of territorial development. A year later, this Forum, organized in the coastline of Santa Catarina State (Brazil), represents a new step in this direction. First, it aims to facilitate an exchange of experiences between actors, organizations and enterprises that operate at the territorial level together with public and private institutions, businesses, local development agencies and programs, universities and research centers, among others. One innovation of the Forum is the choice that has been made to not only gather specialists presenting papers and research to a group of generally