On November 9, the Aragonese Agri-Food Alliance celebrated its annual “verde que te quiero verde” event. The programme included the ceremony of its annual awards. Enrique Playán received the 2022 award for Agri-Food research and innovation from Ángel Jiménez, Dean of the Official College of Agricultural Engineers of Aragón, Navarre and the Basque Country. The event took place at the Pablo Gargallo Museum.
The Aragonese Agri-Food Alliance is a cooperation initiative focusing on developing a communication strategy with the purpose of raising awareness on the importance of Agri-Food and the rural environment. Improving the visibility and reputation of food manufacturers and agricultural producers is a key challenge. The alliance sets out to communicate to society at large that food production in sufficient quantity and quality, and at reasonable prices, represents a complex task. The sector must remain united to effectively convey these messages.
The Agri-Food research and innovation award is annually presented to a person or entity whose research has been so effective that it has been translated into new processes or products, with improvements notably superior to the existing ones and that, in addition, represent a relevant contribution to the progress of the agri-food sector. The professional careers of people or entities that have contributed with their work to the development of the agri-food sector and the rural environment are also recognized. The 2022 awards ceremony gives continuity to these awards, which were not presented in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Enrique Playán completed his doctorate in 1992 and has been affiliated to the Aula Dei Experimental Station of CSIC since 1993. In addition, he has carried out his research at the CITA of the Government of Aragon, has been Scientific Officer of the European Commission, has managed research programs for the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has been coordinator of the Area of Agricultural Sciences of CSIC and has directed the State Research Agency. Enrique Playán’s research in the RAMA group focuses on water management in irrigated agriculture, studying technical and organizational aspects of irrigation.