Food and Migration

Food & Migration is meant to be an Observatory created to investigate with in-depth analyses, interviews with experts and insights the often-underestimated link between food and movement of peoples. Throughout human history and especially within the Euro-African area, migration routes and food systems were frequently intertwined: a deeper understanding of their nexus is a crucial investment today that will bear great dividends tomorrow.

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.


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.