2018-06-06 Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition (BCFN)
International Forum on Food & Nutrition
This Forum was held in the SQUARE (Brussels, BE) and focused on the Mediterranean Region and Migration. Noteworthy speakers included Gerba Verburg (Assistant Secretary General at the UN and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement), Phil Hogan (European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development), and Leo Abruzzese (Global Director of Public Policy, The Economist Intelligence Unit) amongst many others.
Verburg talked about how regional development should be tied more closely to agricultural development as well as stating that nutrition and food security are increasingly makers and markers of success across all SDGs. Hogan hinted that CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) should be transformed to include more work on nutrition and health, under a new name ‘Common Agriculture and Food Policy’, which is also a recommendation from BCFN. Abruzzese discussed developments to the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), particularly expansion to include all EU countries and more sub-Saharan countries. He highlighted that new datasets have been added (e.g. fish stocks) and suggestions for future additions would be welcome.
Other speakers included Myriam Perez (Director of Young Professionals for Agricultural and Rural Development [YPARD]), whose organisation connects farmers to researchers to develop new food products, and Mohamed Wageih (Director of Social Innovation & Business Incubation Center, SEKEM Development Foundation) who wants to build partnerships between Europe and Africa to learn from best practices in addressing food and nutrition related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).