Observatory on Food and Migration

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.

Our planet is threatened by huge food paradoxes: the co-existence of hunger and obesity, the over-exploitation of natural resources and the food waste along the food chain.

The commitment of The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) aims at analyzing scientific, economic, social and environmental factors strictly connected to food systems, with a multidisciplinary approach, with research tools such as the Food Sustainability Index (FSI).

In this perspective, food is at the basis of our health and the one of the Planet and it must be addressed not a cause of today’s problems but as a powerful solution to tackle such urgent challenges, in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a time when the nexus food-migration is at the center of public debate, BCFN, in collaboration with MacroGeo and The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), developed a study “Food & Migration. Understanding the geopolitical nexus in the Euro-Mediterranean”. It offers a wider understanding of flows and trends of the current and future interlinkages between food and migration, with a focus on the Mediterranean countries, through a geopolitical perspective.

Interviews

This section collects interview with experts, policymakers and NGOs to gather different point of view on topics of interest to the Observatory and offer readers privileged and up-to-date perspectives. 

Food & Migration: Understanding the Geopolitical Nexus in the Euro-Mediterranean

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.

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