Food & Migration examines the often underestimated link between food systems, and particularly food insecurity, with the movement of peoples. Produced jointly by MacroGeo Think Tank and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation, this project will provide interviews, expert columns and in-depth analysis on a regular basis throughout 2019.
Our planet faces huge food paradoxes: the co-existence of hunger and obesity and of farm surpluses with food waste. A primary driver of migration is the breakdown of local food systems.
The Barilla Foundation focuses on studying the scientific, economic, social and environmental factors connected to our food systems. Together with MacroGeo and The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), it developed a book-length report “Food & Migration: Understanding the geopolitical nexus in the Euro-Mediterranean”. That study explains the flows and trends of the current and future interlinkages between food and migration, with a focus on the Mediterranean countries.
This new project expands the theme, including pieces on how food and migration are linked in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Throughout the year, we will get regular updates on progress and setbacks. We hope you will enjoy the journey.
Interview with Mario Morcone, director of the Italian Refugee Council (CIR), former chief of staff of Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti (2017-18) and International Cooperation and Integration Minister Andrea Riccardi (2011-13).
CIR is an independent humanitarian NGO born in 1990 that operates at national, European and North African level to defend the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
Migrants can help revive European agriculture, says Michele NORI, Research Fellow at the European University Institute. In a wide-ranging interview, Nori explains how youthful Africans and North Africans are already reviving rapidly aging areas of Europe and providing essential labor to till the fields.
North Africa’s short-lived Arab Spring of 2010-2011 illustrates a disastrous cycle of conflict, food insecurity, and forced migration. Food shortages sparked tension. Migration accelerated. As young people moved away, the farming sector suffered, yields declined, and competition for food increased among those who stay behind.
Often crystallized in the vast public imagination as a place of conflict and starvation, Ethiopia is in fact a fast-developing country, which many look at as a model. Between the blurred lines of recent historic events a less stereotyped image of the giant of the Horn still struggles for recognition.