12 Apr 2018

BARILLA FOUNDATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM FESTIVAL IN PERUGIA “MEDIA HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN FINDING SOLUTIONS TO NOURISH THE PLANET”

• To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals we have to recast the way we look at food holistically

• BCFN Foundation strengthens its efforts towards the global challenges through three International Fora on Food and Nutrition in 2018: Brussels, New York and Milan

• The Food Sustainability Media Award, in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, recognizes the excellence in journalism to report on global food paradoxes (and provide concrete solutions)

• The Food Sustainability Index is a research tool to explore where food is really good, beyond taste




Food is the common thread to all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is instrumental to reach a full sustainable development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. We have 12 years to go to 2030: we are called on to recast the way we look at how we produce, consume, distribute and - unfortunately- lose and waste food, if we concretely want to achieve the SDGs and The Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Agricultural production is responsible for 24% of the global greenhouse gases emissions and if we want “to combat the threat of climate change”, we must go beyond the business as usual. In fact, food production is part of the cause but it could also be part of the solution. If we want to “fight poverty” we have to promote knowledge and skills on sustainable agricultural practices to increase the nutritious, healthy and affordable food availability. A crucial element to zero hunger is to reduce food loss and waste along all the value chain. 


In this process, information and media are key to redefine a new culture of food. The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation will hold a panel entitled “Ending Poverty, protect the Planet, Ensuring prosperity for all? Food is the answer” at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. We are witnessing profound transformations at the global level, growing world population, economic development in emerging Countries, climate change. These challenges require to structurally change the way we look at food production and consumption. SDGs are a tremendous opportunity to have a concrete impact. “As Barilla Foundation, we are working to raise awareness and inform people on food sustainability 360. The Media Award, in joint collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, recognizes the excellence of journalism in shedding a light on food paradoxes and proposing solutions. Additionally, the BCFN International Fora ( in 2018 in Brussels, New York and Milan) aim at bringing issues around food sustainability at the centre of the International debate” said Luca Di Leo, Head of Media Relations, BCFN Foundation.

FOOD SUSTAINABILITY MEDIA AWARD: AN AWARD TO REPORT FOOD PARADOXES

Media and information have a key role to play in shedding light on food paradoxes and it is then pivotal to raise awareness among the public on the urgency to reach a full sustainable development, under the framework of SDGs. This is the rationale behind the Food Sustainability Media Award, a joint initiative of BCFN and the Thomson Reuters Foundation rewarding proposals for concrete solutions to make our food choices more sustainable. The award is addressed to journalists, bloggers, freelance and emerging talents, and includes two categories: print journalism and multimedia (videos - short films and animation - audio and photos). A new, unpublished work and a published, piece will be rewarded in each category, winning respectively 10,000 Euro and a media training course on food sustainability organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The winning unpublished works will also be published on the TRF and BCFN websites, and will be distributed by the Reuters Press Agency, which boasts over one billion readers. The finalist works will be shortlisted for the “Best of the web” award, which is chosen directly by the online audience. Entries can be submitted within May 31, 2018, by registering for the competition on the website of the Food Sustainability Media Award.

THREE INTERNATIONAL FORA ON FOOD AND NUTRITION IN 2018: BRUSSELS, NEW YORK AND MILAN

Every year, the BCFN Foundation organises the International Forum on Food and Nutrition: the event is aimed at providing an open space for interdisciplinary discussion on issues of nutrition and sustainability. Experts, international opinion-makers and young research fellows gather to share evidence, scientific data and best practices, with the goal of creating a model of sustainable food systems to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year, for the first time, the three International Fora will take place in Bruxelles, on 6th June with the topic: “Migration and agri-food systems, causes and solutions”, on 28th September in New York during the Climate Week and, as usual, in Milan on 27th and 28th November 2018.

MACROGEO: FOOD AND CLIMATE CHANGE ARE AMONG THE ROOT CAUSES FORCING 1 BILLION PEOPLE TO MIGRATE

Food, and in particular food insecurity or food scarcity, is one of the major root causes of migration. 1 billion people1 : this is the number of migrants around the world. Migrants who move within their own country of birth and residence stand at around 760 million while those who move to a different country to where they were born number 244 million2 . The causes are many and varied, however, when talking about migration, one should consider that every 1% increase in food insecurity forces 1.9% of the population to move3  (in a population of 1,000), while a further 0.4% (in a population of 1,000) flee their homeland due to war. In this process, both in terms of economic development and the integration of cultural habits, food continues to play an essential role. These are some of the main evidence of the study “Food & Migration. Understanding the geopolitical nexus in the Euro-Mediterranean”, in joint collaboration with MacroGeo

Lucio Caracciolo, President of MacroGeo, will be also joining the panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. He will take us on a journey around food habits of migrants, particularly focusing on the African continent, and how it could have a tremendous impact on the way we look at food today.


FOOD SUSTAINABILITY INDEX: A TOOL TO UNDERSTAND WHERE FOOD IS REALLY GOOD

Where food is really good, beyond taste? Which are the countries with food production systems more sustainable? The 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI) analyses 34 countries according to their food system sustainability. These countries represent over 85% of global GDP and two-thirds of the global population. The FSI was developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the BCFN Foundation as part of a research programme commissioned by BCFN. The FSI aims to investigate the key issues impacting food sustainability across three pillars: food loss and waste; sustainable agriculture; and nutritional challenges. The FSI offers a tool to understand and monitor performance and progress of countries vis-à-vis the main challenges confronting the global food system. 


BCFN YES!: THE COMPETITION THAT AWARDS YOUNG RESEARCHERS

The winner of the last edition of BCFN Yes!, YES!BAT, is a project developed by the biologist Dr. Laura Garzoli (Stazione Teriologica Piemontese) in collaboration with Dr. Angela Boggero from the National Research Council, Institute for Ecosystem Study (CNR-ISE) in Verbania Pallanza. YES!BAT promotes an integrated pest management strategy to control insect pests in agriculture based on enhancing the ecosystem services provided by bats in rice fields. The project involves placing bat boxes in the fields, thereby providing artificial roosts designed to “attract” bats in areas where there are no natural roosting sites. This contributes to increase the bat population, with significant benefits for insect pest control since, during the night, the bats feed on large quantities of insects in the fields. But that's not all. YES!BAT is also developing a system of chiro-monitoring based on genetic analysis of guano: through their droppings, bats can provide early detection of parasites that are damaging to agriculture. The project aims to protect biodiversity and support rice production with reduced pesticide use. 

Young PhD students and post-docs will be able to submit their research projects until June 14, 2018 - 11:59 CEST. Up to three € 20,000 research grants will be awarded to projects that are creative, innovative and impactful. BCFN YES! aims to support researchers (who already hold or are completing a PhD) during the early stages of their career4, inviting them to apply on an individual basis or as multidisciplinary and transnational teams with a maximum of three members per team. The competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and different countries whose combined expertise will result in an innovative approach.

 1 International Organization of Migration (IOM), 2015

   2 Understood as someone who is seeking a better standard of life and someone who – for fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinions or membership of a particular social group – find themselves outside the country in which they hold citizenship

 3 United Nations World Food Programme: https://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/new-wfp-report-finds-food-insecurity-accelerates-global-migration  

 4 In order to be eligible, applicants must have completed or be pursuing a PhD program (enrolled no earlier than January 1, 2012), and must be under the age of 35 on November 28, 2018.


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BCFN PRESS OFFICE c/o INC ISTITUTO NAZIONALE PER LA COMUNICAZIONE

Simone Silvi - Senior Account Media Relations - s.silvi@inc-comunicazione.it - +39 335.10.97.279

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PRESS OFFICE CONTACTS

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