The World Food Forum has created an international think-tank attracting the leading experts in food safety and research. The Forum is fully dedicated to addressing global development strategies and policies promoting sustainability, safety, and quality in the agro-food domain, in order to support business competitiveness and foster the positive action of governments, researchers and international organizations.
2015 – WFF at Expo 2015 Milano
The WFF event “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life“ opened a major global debate on the future of food and it lead to decisions and strategic initiatives to be pursued globally.
Feeding the Planet means addressing the issue of the universal right to food: a challenge that involves – in often interdependent ways – States, international organisations, rules and regulations, economics, scientific progress, stakeholders and local communities. On the one hand, there is the urgency, especially in developing countries, to ensure the availability of food for a constantly growing population; on the other hand, there is the need to ensure the quality, hygiene and safety of food produced and distributed in an increasingly global supply chain. Both perspectives must take into account the need to reconcile different actions and respect global sustainable development commitments, in its broadest sense, including environmental, social and economic aspects, which are currently implemented through the so-called bio-based economy in Europe and elsewhere. The WFF also produced an important Position Paper, available below.
The Forum, with the participation of institutions such as the World Bank, FAO, Efsa and the European Commission, as well as international food companies, addressed several thematic sessions with the presence of leading scientific experts: The strategic European Food Research Agenda: Innovation, agribusiness, global dimension, dedicated to the definition of EU strategies for food research and innovation in agriculture and the bio-economy; Global Innovation for a discussion on the global challenges for feeding the planet; Food Finance: Investing in Agribusiness and Food as Vector for Human and Economic Development, on food finance, a strategic asset of global relevance for the development of objectives and projects in the field of food. The Forum concluded with the round table Global food system, The 2030 agenda for sustainable development, Climate Change: a time for action. The multistakeholder engagement, which outlined the challenges and correlations between the three events that marked a turning point in terms of the sustainability of economic and social life on the planet: Expo 2015, the UN World Conference for the 2030 Agenda and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals, the COP 21 Conference on Climate Change.
The WFF held the workshop “Food Safety on the New Silk Road", a major event of the 2nd World Week of Italian Cuisine in South China. The symposium included keynote speeches, an interactive panel and a storytelling presentation of “best experiences”. Representatives of governments, researchers and professionals from both sides exchanged ideas on food safety. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed during the symposium by the Guangdong Food Industry Association and the AgrifoodClust-ER of Emilia-Romagna Region in order to strengthen cooperation in food safety regulation, innovation and training and identify the possibility of exchanging knowledge and transferring technologies between stakeholders.
The World Food Research and Innovation Forum took part in Cibus 2018 with the event "FOOD R-EVOLUTION MADE IN ITALY: "MAKING THE BEST BETTER", on the initiative of ASTER - Emilia-Romagna Region, the Italian National Agrifood Technology Cluster CL.A.N., Federalimentare and CIBUS.
Leading expert from the world of science and business discussed new technological challenges and their impact on the agri-food system: emerging biotechnologies to improve agro-foods; new technological frontiers and the opportunity to increase productivity, quality and nutritional profile of Italian products; the European vision to meet the challenges of new technologies.
The special location of Palazzo Soragna in Parma will host the 2022 edition of World Food Forum on Thursday 5th May. The event will offer the occasion for analysing the challenges of food sovereignty within the European Union and reflecting on the current geopolitical, food and energy crises which are putting to the test the ongoing transitions. The event will also be visible in streaming.
On occasion of the Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting, the ad-hoc Development Session and the Foreign and Development Joint Ministerial Session held in Matera under the G20 framework, Future Food Institute organized a dense agenda for the official side event at the Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Matera, in partnership with the World Food Forum.