World Food Forum

Work Summary

The World Food Research and Innovation Forum is the official opening event of CIBUS, the 18th International Food Exhibition to be held in Parma from 9 to 12 May 2016.

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony including welcome address by international special guests

Keynote Speeches

High-level speeches on the following strategic themes:

  • Technology transfer in developing countries as a fundamental European Union contribution to address the global challenges of feeding the planet
  • The 2030 agenda for sustainable development and climate change challenges
  • Research and Innovation for agriculture and rural development


Thematic sessions

I. Session: The strategic European Food Research Agenda: Innovation, Agribusiness, Global Dimension

The first session will be devoted to defining the European Union’s general framework of strategies for food research and innovation in the agriculture and bio-economy sector.

The session will aim to illustrate and share the fundamental assets on which the European Union is building its medium-term agenda: strategy for research and innovation in agriculture; European strategy for the bio-economy; strategy for the food industry.

II. Session: Global Innovation

 The second session will be devoted to discussion of global challenges in feeding the planet. It will include an analysis of the scenarios, dynamics and projects the various international players are developing, in particular relation to the local and international enterprise system.

The main focus of this session will be sharing the different global strategies adopted by the participating key international players.

III. Session – Food Finance: Investing in Agribusiness and Food as a Vector for Human and Economic Development

The third session will be devoted to the theme of food finance, a strategic asset of global importance for developing objectives and projects in the nutrition area.

The session will focus on two key areas: food finance for local and global development of the agribusiness industry; and the financial dimension to support cooperation for sustainable development in the food area.

The basic scenario consists of relevant themes in agricultural commodities and dynamics of incidence of global factors, such as climate change and international crises.


Final Round Table

Global food system. The 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Climate Change: a time for action. Multistakeholder engagement.

The final round table will aim to outline challenges and concrete correlations between the three events which have marked a global “change in pace” in the various challenges connected with sustainability of our planet’s economic and social life:

  • The legacy of the world exhibition “EXPO Milano 2015 -Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”
  • The United Nations world conference for the 2030 agenda and 17 new sustainable development objectives
  • The COP 21 Climate Change Conference and the binding commitments made by the international community.


Main themes to be addressed:

  • What is the legacy of Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding The Planet, Energy for Life” for the development of a global food system able to respond to the planet’s needs?
  • How can all local and global players make a concrete contribution to implementing the 2030 agenda objectives for sustainable development?
  • How can Research, Innovation and New Technology contribute to sustainable development objectives?
  • How can businesses, research, global and local networks, European and international institutions – working together – promote new, innovative solutions to global challenges?


Kick – Off for a Permanent Platform

A presentation will be made of the World Food Research and Innovation Forum permanent working structure, comprising the system of strategic platforms for participation of global and local players and the 2016-2017 medium-term work programme.