Forum 2017

The eighth edition of the International Forum was held on December 4-5, 2017, at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan. Food security, climate change and migration, sustainable food systems at the national and urban level, and European agricultural reform were at the heart of discussions at the BCFN Forum 2017.
On December 4, new generations were given a voice, involving young leaders from all over the world in two initiatives aimed at recognizing excellence: the Food Sustainability Media Award, for professional journalists and emerging talent in journalism, and the BCFNYES! contest, designed to reward young researchers and the most deserving projects focusing on “food and sustainability”.
On December 5, leading speakers from around the world discussed in depth the main topics of the event and engaged the participants through working sessions, thereby encouraging their active involvement.

December 04, 2017

13:30 - 14:00



14:00 – 14:05

Our Vision on Sustainable Food Systems

Marta Antonelli
Research Programme Manager BCFN Foundation

14:05 - 14:35

Keynote. Know your goals: make your voice heard!

Jeffrey Sachs
University Professor, Columbia University; Director, SDSN; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs


Moderator: Alex Thomson - Anchor and Chief Correspondent Channel 4 News, UK to moderate

14:35 – 15:55

BCFN YES! 2017 Final projects presentation

15:55 - 16:20



16:20 - 16:25

Opening Speech

Alessandro Galimberti
President, Journalists’ Guild, Region of Lombardy

16:25 - 17:30

Food and Sustainability under the spotlight - Best contributions and under reported stories

17:30 - 17:50

Award Ceremony

Danielle Nierenberg
Founder and President, Food Tank
Mario Calabresi
Editor-in-Chief, La Repubblica
Monique Villa
CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation

Workshop Area

16:20 - 17:50

Young researchers seeking for solutions - Parallel Team Working Sessions (upon invitation only)


Moderator: Oliver Oliveros - Deputy Director, Partnerships and international relations at Agropolis Foundation to moderate

17:50 - 18:20

A conversation with young leaders - Group Rapporteurs to debrief on youth’s working sessions

18:20 - 18:45

Roundtable discussion

Anne-Teresa Birthwright
2016 winning Project’s Progress
Elena Poverenov
Research Scientist, Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences of Agricultural Organization of Israel
Shaneica Lester
2016 winning Project’s Progress
Siamak Sam Loni
Sustainable Development Solution Network SDSN Youth Global Coordinator

18:45 - 19:00

Award ceremony - Agropolis Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security

December 05, 2017

9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 9:35

Plenary - Opening remarks

Alex Thomson
Anchor and Chief Correspondent Channel 4 News, UK to moderate


9:35 - 9:50

Keynote. Food solutions in the framework of the SDGs

Jeffrey Sachs
University Professor, Columbia University; Director, SDSN; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs

09:50 - 10:05

Food sustainability Index: a wider perspective

Leo Abruzzese
Global Director of Public Policy, Economist Intelligence Unit


10:05 – 10:20

Why we should help refugees thrive, not just survive

Melissa Fleming
Head of Communications and Public Information - Chief Spokesperson at UNHCR


10:20 – 10:30

Why climate change vulnerability will drive human migration?

Monia Santini
Researcher Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC)

10:30 – 10:45

Food & Migration in the Euro-Mediterranean: understanding the geopolitical nexus

Lucio Caracciolo
President and Head of Geopolitics, Macrogeo

10:45 - 10:55

The role of African CSOs for the implementation of Agenda 2030: The case of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

Million Belay
Founder of Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre

10:55 - 11:10

Getting to Zero Hunger in an uncertain world! What will it take?

Arif Husain
Chief Economist and Director of the Food Security Analysis and Trends Service, World Food Programme

11:10 - 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 - 11:45

The Third Dimension: Technologies and Trends that will change the way we farm, eat and secure a future for all

Gunter Pauli
Founder and Chairman Zeri Foundation, Entrepreneur and writer

11:45 - 11:55

What is wrong with the current food system

Stefano Liberti
Author of “I signori del cibo”

11:55 - 12:05

Producing meat without animals

David Kay
Manager of Communications & Sustainability, Memphis Meat

12:05 - 12:15

Sustainable development: the proposal of the Italian Civil Society

Enrico Giovannini
Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (ASviS) spokesperson, Professor of Economic Statistics, University of “Tor Vergata”

12:15 - 12:50

The value of food: inspiring a healthy and sustainable future - Interview by Gigi Padovani with:

Carlo Petrini
Founder and President of Slow Food International
Gigi Padovani
Journalist and writer
Guido Barilla
Chairman BCFN Foundation

12:50 - 13:10

Safe and healthy food in 2030: the road ahead - Interview with:

Vytenis Andriukaitis
EU Commissioner Health and Food Safety

13:10 - 14:15

Light Lunch and networking

13:30 - 14:15


Workshop Area

14:15 - 15:45


Climate change, food security and migrations. Which perspectives?

Alex Randall
Project Manager, Climate Change and Mitigation Coalition
Eoin Wrenn
Head of Region, Horn and East Africa,Trocaire
John Slocum
Associate Senior Researcher, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
Lucio Caracciolo
President and Head of Geopolitics, Macrogeo
Marta Antonelli
Research Programme Manager BCFN Foundation
Riccardo Valentini
Professor of Forest Ecology and Climate Policy, Università della Tuscia – Italy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Member, Nobel Prize for Peace 2007

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

Alexander Müller
TMG – Thinktank for Sustainability, and Study Lead for the TEEBAgriFood report
Danilo Bertoni
Researcher, University of Milan
Inga Wachsmann
Research Programme Manager, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer, Spokesperson EFSAF – EFC
Michele Pedrotti
BCFN Researcher
Sophie Thoyer
Professor of Environmental and Agricultural Economics, Montpellier SupAgro
Tomáš Ignác Fénix
Vice President CEJA

Food Systems and Health: which challenges and impacts for Change

Camillo Ricordi
Professor and Director, Diabetes Research Institute and Cell Transplant Center, University of Miami
Gabriele Riccardi
BCFN Advisor, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, University of Naples “Federico II”; President, Italian Society of Diabetology - SID; Member
Jeyakumar Henry
Director, Clinical Nutrition Sciences, A Star, Singapore
Katarzyna Dembska
BCFN Researcher
Olivia Yambi
Co-Chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

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

Dan Crossley
Executive Director at Food Ethics Council
Leo Abruzzese
Global Director of Public Policy, Economist Intelligence Unit
Mohamed El-Shinawi
Professor of General Surgery-Ain Shams University. Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt. Co-Chair of PRIMA
Stefano Zamagni
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe and Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

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

Franca Roiatti
Responsible for the communication of the Milan’s food policy and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
Francesca Allievi
BCFN Researcher
Lara Hanna-Wakim
Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon
Michela Carucci
Consultant, Urban Food Systems, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Stefania Amato
Food Systems Network Manager presso C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Tim Lang
Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, University of London

Research and Innovation in Food Systems

Barbara Buchner
Executive Director, Climate Finance - Climate Policy Initiative
Bina Agarwal
Professor of Development Economics and Environment - University of Manchester
Elena Poverenov
Research Scientist, Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences of Agricultural Organization of Israel
Filippo Maria Bassi
Durum wheat breeder, ICARDA, Morocco, winner, Olam Prize 2017
Paul Gepts
Distinguished professor of the University of California-Davis, California
Paul Kosuth
Director, Agropolis Fondation
Touhami Khorchani
Professor Director, Institut des Régions Arides - Tunisia

15:45 - 16:10



16:10 - 16:40

BCFN YES! Award Ceremony

Ellen Gustafson
Author & Co-Director of the Summit Institute

16:40 - 16:50

Key learnings: Inspiring our path

Barbara Buchner
Executive Director, Climate Finance - Climate Policy Initiative

16:50 - 17:10

Closing Remarks

Bob Geldof
Musician and Activist, Founder Band Aid and Live Aid
Invited speakers
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