A key event to discuss sustainable food.

8TH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON FOOD AND NUTRITION

8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

The BCFN Forum is the international platform of dialogue and networking aiming at identifying the pathway towards concrete solutions to the environmental, health and socio- economic challenges affecting the current food system.

During the event policy makers, the scientific community, private sector and civil society come together sharing knowledge, analysis and best practices in light of the Agenda 2030.

The eighth edition of the event will be held in Milan at Pirelli HangarBicocca and it will focus on food security, climate change and migrations, sustainable food systems at the country and city level and the reform of the agricultural policy in Europe.

International Forum on Food and Nutrition
International Forum on Food and Nutrition

On December 4, the Forum will amplify the voice of new generations, involving young leaders from all over the world seeking for scalable ideas to overcome current burning issues in the food system.
On December 5, we will involve high level speakers on main topics and participants in interactive working sessions on such subjects, stimulating an active engagement of the audience.

Food is at the basis of our health and the one of the Planet and we believe it must be addressed not a cause of today’s problems but as a powerful solution to tackle food paradoxes, towards a more sustainable future.
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under patronage of:

WFP | Programma Alimentare Mondiale - Combatte la fame nel mondo

in collaboration with:

Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Milan Center for Food Law and Policy
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Thomson Reuters Foundation

research partner:

The Economist - Intelligence Unit
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DECEMBER 5 PARALLEL WORKING SESSIONS

All participants are invited to discuss and interact with high-level experts on the main topics of the event: food security, climate change and migrations, sustainable food systems at the country and city level and the reform of the agricultural policy in Europe.

Outcomes will be reported in the plenary closing remarks.

Every session will be recorded and available on Barillacfn.com after the event.

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DECEMBER 5 PARALLEL WORKING SESSIONS
The Food Sustainability Index: The Mediterranean Area – Exchange of Knowledge and Solutions

The Food Sustainability Index: The Mediterranean Area – Exchange of Knowledge and Solutions

This session will present the main results of the new edition of the Food Sustainability Index (developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit with BCFN), focusing on a number of countries in the Mediterranean Area. The panelists will discuss how the new knowledge generated by this edition of the FSI can be an asset for the development of policies to improve the sustainability of food systems in these areas. Participants will be actively involved in the discussion.

Food Systems and Health – Which challenges and impacts for Change

This session will focus on the fundamental relationship between food and health. The current global food system results in a negative impact on health and well-being, ranging from food insecurity to chronic disease and environmental exploitation, and the panel will introduce the scientific evidence behind the health costs externalized by the global food system. Different perspectives will be explored, including the Mediterranean and the Asian ones. The complexity of the issue requires multiple actions: there is no-one-size-fits-all solution to restore the balance between food, health and the environment, and panelists will discuss potential activities that support rebuilding food systems on new and healthier foundations. The audience will be actively involved in the discussion.
Food Systems and Health – Which challenges and impacts for Change
Urban Sustainable Food Systems: Exchange of Knowledge and Solutions in the Mediterranean Area

Urban Sustainable Food Systems: Exchange of Knowledge and Solutions in the Mediterranean Area

As populations gravitate towards urban centers, the relationship between food systems and urbanization, people and the environment is crucial for the future of our planet. Cities are also decisive actors in tackling climate change, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk. This session will highlight how improved urban food systems will help balance the economic, social, and environmental conditions using the Mediterranean area as an illustration of solutions that can be put in place. Panelists will involve the audience exploring good practices among the food chain, including food production, distribution and processing, marketing, consumption and waste and how cities can move concretely towards sustainability in the Mediterranean area.

Research and Innovation in Food Systems

This session will explore the future of food system innovation and the biggest ideas that will shape our world in terms of sustainability in the agri-business sector, food security and healthy food access. Indeed, effective agricultural research and innovation systems could ensure the access of adequate supplies of high-quality and nutritious food to all and in a sustainable way. It will be highlighted the most innovative solutions and breakthroughs, emphasizing the role of academia, institutions and private sector in order to see how they are interacting and facilitating the implementation of these innovations in various parts of the world.
Research and Innovation in Food Systems
Climate, change, food security and migrations ‒ Which perspectives?

Climate, change, food security and migrations ‒ Which perspectives?

This session will explore the geopolitics of migration and food in areas currently undergoing large migration flows, like the Mediterranean area. The main aim of this session is to better understand the link between climate change, food security and migration. The extent to which climate change has become, and will become in the future, a driver of migrations and displacement will be explored with experts, involving the audience in an interactive discussion. Climate-resilient pathways, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development strategies will also be explored.

The Common Agricultural Policy as an opportunity for more sustainable food systems  

Since the creation of the Common agricultural policy (CAP) in 1962, it shapes food and farming as well as rural areas all over Europe. Today, actors engaged in sustainable food and farming tend to agree that a shift is needed in EU policies. Can a more integrated approach, a food policy approach, lead to healthy farms, farmers, food, eaters and landscapes and less externalities? This session will discuss the impact of the current CAP and discuss proposals for the future. What environmental instruments does the current CAP already provide? What scope of development is there for the future? What does it mean concretely to shift to a food policy? What scope of bringing positive local experiences to a European scale? How to build on commitment of new and young farmers and how to answer challenges they face? What are the power dynamics behind the CAP and what global impact does it have? These and other questions will be worked on with input from the speakers as well as in small group conversations hosted by the speakers and civil society representatives.
The Common Agricultural Policy as an opportunity for more sustainable food systems

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