BCFN Forum in Brussels: focus on food, migration and common agricultural policy

BCFN Forum in Brussels: focus on food, migration and common agricultural policy

May 31, 2018

BCFN Forum in Brussels: focus on food, migration and common agricultural policy

A meeting in the heart of Europe to discuss food sustainability, agricultural and rural development food-related migration and climate change and to identify the actions to be implemented to achieve the sustainable development goals. 

It will take place in Brussels on 6 June, the first of the three appointments set for 2018 by BCFN with a view to promoting dialog between science, politics, business and society both on a national and international level. This is the spirit that has always inspired the International Forum on Food and Nutrition which is organized annually by the Foundation, and for the first time is leaving Milan to take place, for the first time, elsewhere in Europe, and then overseas with two appointments on the calendar: Brussels and New York. 

The  Brussels Forum, carried out in collaboration with the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations (UN SDSN), will turn the spotlight on some of the biggest challenges that can no longer be postponed if we want to achieve the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. To reach this goal we can not ignore food, a central theme also to overcome the three food paradoxes identified by BCFN: hunger vs. food, food vs. fuel and waste vs hunger. And the Food sustainability Index created by BCFN in collaboration with the Intelligence Unit of the Economist (EIU) and always being updated will be the tool to identify the most effective agricultural and rural development models in overcoming these paradoxes. 

Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

"How can Europe put in place a new and more efficient PAC in the context of the objectives for sustainable development?". This is one of the questions we will try to answer over the course of the Forum in Brussels, who will also see taking part, among others, Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. The experts present in the room will discuss precisely the role of Europe and a possible reform of the PAC, which will have to aim at a holistic approach and must prove capable of involving young people, women and small-scale farmers. This is the only way it will be possible to create a truly sustainable farming and production system capable of feeding an ever-growing world population which is estimated to reach 10 billion in 2050. The Forum is an opportunity to find concrete solutions and redesign the way - often inefficient and harmful to the environment - in which food is produced and often wasted. The current agri-food system is in fact among the causes of deforestation,soil and atmosphere pollution, also due to the mismanagement of many resources.


One third of the crops are used to produce feed and biocarburants and 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year. Despite all this, over 815 million people in the world today are malnourished.

The new face of migrations

Many migrants don’t just leave because of war: they also leave their land because offood insecurity. This is a theme which will be spoken about, today more than ever before, during the Forum in Brussels. Starting point: the results of the study "Food & Migration. Understanding the geopolitical nexus in the Euro-Mediterranean” carried out by BCFN with MacroGeo, which will be commented on thanks to the contribution by Lucio Caracciolo, one of the authors of the research. The data is clear: for every percentage point of increase infood insecurity, just under 2 percent of the population is forced to move. Numerous international experts gathered at the Forum will try to understand what is the best strategy that the European Union can put in place to counter the causes of these new migrations, respecting biodiversity, traditions and cultural differences and with great attention to the impact of food on the environment. 


With this in mind, the Forum will also be the stage to present a document drawn up by BCFN, in which recommendations are given for how to transform the food system from problem to solution. This is a globally applicable approach, but with particular attention on Europe and the Mediterranean region, as selected starting areas to start the change.

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