The Forum sets the foundations for a new global approach to address the challenges of “Feeding the planet”
15 October 2015
The first edition of the Forum that took place on the 22 and 23 September at EXPO Milano 2015 brought together representatives from a broad spectrum of public and private sector stakeholders that have important roles in the different phases of the global food chain. They included national and international policy makers, food regulators, development agencies, funding organizations, science, research and innovation communities, global food businesses, small and medium enterprises, international consumer groups.
As a result of the two-day event that focused on research and technology; food safety; food security and nutrition; and issues of particular relevance to post-2015 Development Agenda, there was a general consensus on the need to share knowledge, best practices and to address fragmentation of actions. Above all, the relevance of the Forum as a platform to facilitate debate on policy issues to address the challenges of “Feeding the Planet” was reaffirmed. Dialogue and cooperation among different actors and promoting an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach, will be crucial to finding solutions to the challenges of feeding the world’s population in 2050; to align its efforts with the post-2015 Global Development Agenda and the Milan Charter. Dialogue and the dissemination of research and innovation results will contribute to avoiding duplication of efforts; the waste of valuable financial resources and thereby, facilitating the mobilisation around existing initiatives. This will contribute to obtaining solutions to food waste, food safety, nutrition and sustainable development over shorter periods.
Consumers were seen as playing a pivotal role; in an increasingly globalised world, their preferences will increasingly impact upon food industry strategies and the difficult balance between increasing food production whilst responding to the need of sustainable practices throughout the food cycle in order to limit the use of finite natural resources.