The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Edmondo Cirielli, participated in the opening event of the World Food Forum (WFF) organised by the FAO in Rome. The event, now in its third edition, is being held from 16 to 20 October (to coincide with World Food Day) under the theme “Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action” and focuses on youth action, innovation, education and culture.
In his speech, Deputy Minister Cirielli recalled the link between food security and climate change, an issue that is increasingly central to the international political agenda and in the context of which Italy is working closely with COP 28.
He said: “”Food insecurity and climate change are two of the main causes of forced migration. Together with partner countries and organisations, Italy is committed to finding long-term solutions to address the root causes of these problems through development initiatives that ensure fair access to food, water and education, especially for young people. Investment, innovation and private companies play an essential role in finding innovative solutions to support food security in the world”. He concluded: “In this regard, the Italian agrifood supply chain, which is among the strongest and best structured on a global scale, represents a model of excellence for sharing good practices, knowledge, and technology to foster the sustainable transformation of food systems”.
Italy is recognised by the international community as one of the leading countries in the food sector, thanks to its international action to support food security and the sustainable transformation of food systems. In fact, our country hosts the UN Agri-Food Hub (FAO, WFP and IFAD), as well as the headquarters of other important international organisations committed to rural and sustainable agricultural development, including the CIHEAM in Bari. In July 2023, Italy hosted the UN Summit on Food Systems +2 with the participation of 21 Heads of State and Government and 125 Ministers from partner countries. In 2024, Italy intends to promote food security as one of the main topics of the G7 Presidency, adopting an inclusive and pragmatic approach that involves – from the outset – African partner countries in the definition of shared development policies.