Brussels

INTERNATIONAL FORUM on FOOD and NUTRITION
Migration and Agri-Food Systems, Causes and Solutions
The Square, Brussels
June 06, 2018

Migration and agri-food systems, causes and solutions

Food security, rural development and migration are three challenges at the top of the global policy agenda.

Migration is a systemic phenomenon, often caused by food insecurity. At the same time, food insecurity can become a consequence of migration. People on the move face dramatic, vulnerable conditions on their journey to safer shores, exposing them to the risk of food insecurity, poor diets and nutritional deficiencies.
Agricultural production may also suffer as a result of migration from rural remote areas, especially when the main actors are young people.

The competition for natural resources and food may even lead to increased tensions among local populations at risk and result in conflicts.

Migration and agri-food systems, causes and solutions
The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

Recent tragic events in the Mediterranean require the attention of the international community, and in particular the EU institutions, to invest in the re-definition of a renewed logic behind the concept of migration and its nexus with food. How could a new Common Agricultural Policy contribute to the wellbeing of Europe and bordering countries? How should we improve food sustainability in the years to come?

All these issues are also at the heart of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which has as a primary objective to “leave no one behind” while ensuring a better future for all and sustainable peace.

Innovative solutions

The International Forum on Food and Nutrition, organized by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrion (BCFN) in partnership with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) was held at the Square, Brussels, on June 6, 2018 to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.


To activate a meaningful change in people’s lives and benefits for the planet, it is imperative to focus on tangible results and concrete solutions.  Looking at food systems, rural development and the future CAP will be a part of this process.

Innovative solutions
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