World Food Forum

The Forum calls for a prompt transition from analysis to concrete action

The President of Emilia-Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, closed the second edition of the World Food Research and Innovation Forum, the official opening event of Cibus 2016.
After sessions dedicated to the strategic European Food Research Agenda and to Global Innovation, focus shifted on Food finance, on how Food can be a vector for human and economic development and on the Global Food Agenda for sustainable development.


To feed 9 billion people in the next decades we have to reduce food waste and raise food production, but we have at the same time to promote sustainable development“,  commented Bonaccini. “Our ambition is to complete the transition from analysis to intervention in a few months, because we want our commitment to the Feeding the planet challenge to set up concrete action“.


The first step in this direction was represented by the kick-off of the World Food Research and Innovation Forum permanent working structure and by the presentation of the Forum’s road map, which will lead to the 2018 edition of this global event on food related issues.



Interview with Sanjaya Rajaram
President Resource Seeds International and 2014 World Food Prize Laureate

Interview with Robert Jan Hamer
Vice-President R&D Discover Foods and Director Unilever R&D Vlaardingen, President FoodNexus Consortium

Interview with Hugo De Vries
Director, UMR IATE-Unité Mixte de Recherches Ingénierie des Agro-polymères et Technologies Émergentes, INRA & CIRAD


Download the presentations
9 and 10 May

Sanjaya Rajaram
Hugo De Vries
Stefano Fontana
Filippo Bassi
Michiel Bakker
Rudolf Krska
Vittorio Zambrini
Mei Xurong
Riccardo Valentini
Bernhard Url
Luca Montanarella
Patrizio Bianchi
Mebrahtu Meles
Claudia Aureli
Final Session - Fabio Fava, Samuel Godefroy

Position Paper (May 2016) see here
Concept Note and Speakers' Profiles see here
Interviews with speakers see here
Press Review see here
Forum streaming see here
Photo gallery see here
Forum programme see here