Food & Migration examines the often underestimated link between food systems, and particularly food insecurity, with the movement of peoples. Produced jointly by Limes, the Italian Review of Geopolitics, 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 the year.
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.
COP26 has been heavily criticized because of its limited results, consisting more of pledges than of concrete engagements. Notably, several pundits and observers stressed that food systems were far from playing a pivotal role both during the negotiations and in the final deal called “Glasgow Climate Pact”.
Russia's food policy has raised production and profits in the agricultural sector, increasing food exports and improving food security. Still, the sector is increasingly under pressure due to climate change-induced weather anomalies, grain policy and migrations. In the long run, these factors could affect Russia's status of food exporter.
Interview with Roberto Sensi, Policy Advisor on Global Inequality at ActionAid Italia. Mr Sensi deals with issues raging from migration and development to international development cooperation, right to food and agroecology. He’s also ActionAid’s Right to Food Officer and has been Trade and Investment Policy Officer at MAIS, Movimento per l’Autosviluppo, l’Interscambio e la Solidarietà.
Interview with Cristina Rapone, Rural Migration Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Mrs Rapone has been leading analytical and technical work on rural migration and its links to agriculture and rural development. Moreover, she is actively involved in policy, advocacy, and capacity development work at global and country levels.
In an era in which migration is increasingly at the centre of public debate and crucial to the decision-making process, more awareness on the existing links between food and migration is needed.
Against this backdrop, MacroGeo in collaboration with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition has conducted an analysis of the geopolitical impact of migration and food in the Euro-Mediterranean area, whose results are comprised in this report on “Food and Migration”. Our study experimentally combines geopolitical analysis (resources, flows, migratory routes) and the analysis of food and nutrition, through a series of different and heterogeneous essays.