Significant data from last year was the participation of eight Salesian Agricultural Schools in the world (Lombriasco, three from Argentina, and one each from Ireland, Albania, France and Ghana) and as many Agricultural Institutes of Italy that shared themes and projects on innovation, sustainability and social agriculture.
Of note, the also important participation of Don Bosco Past Pupils as exhibitors, professionals and operators in the sector. Last year's added value was the online activation of the "NET4GROW" network, a virtuous and useful platform for generating links between schools, students, past pupils, professionals and businesses.
Looking to the future, the 2020 event will allow participants to share topics that are timely, current and of great significance with special attention to climate change. But above all, this second edition will be an edition dedicated to the memory of Fr Ricaldone for the 150th anniversary of his birth. Fr Pietro Ricaldone, a great educator and formator of the young people of Don Bosco, with a strong vocation and spirituality, knew how to shape a model that was applied in the Salesian missions propagated across different continents, especially in the sector of Vocational Training and in the creation of Agricultural Schools.
The invited delegations will be welcomed by the Director of the Salesian School of Lombriasco, Fr Marco Casanova, and by the Principal, Marziano Bertino, who will accompany the guests during the spiritual visit to the Salesian Places, that is, from Colle Don Bosco to the Missionary Museum and to the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice of Valdocco, passing through Chieri and the Piedmont area, very dear to St Giovanni Bosco.
Like last year, the organization of the 2nd edition is entrusted to dr. Daniel Ormeno, president of the "Plaza Argentina Association", a former collaborator of the Salesian Agricultural School of Lombriasco in agricultural projects, in dialogue with the Salesian Agricultural Schools of the world.
The involvement of new local companies that are present at national and international levels, as well as Category associations, bodies, Foundations and local and national credit institutions, will again be a fixed point and a vital aid to the event's success. With all these entities, it will be possible to share Forums, foster and create cultural exchanges, research and opportunities of all kinds.
Expo AgriCultura shall be held from 1 to 4 October 2020 at the Salesian Agricultural School of Lombriasco; its theme: "Entrusting the land to young people", a sign of strongly relaunching initiatives for and towards healthy agriculture and in support of the young generations of all peoples.