The winners of the Best Practices awarded at Palazzo Italia

6 July

The International competition on Best Practices for the sustainable development of Food Security (BSDP), launched in November 2013 and closed in October 2014, was set up  with the scope of gathering and sharing experiences that have produced improvements, compared to the pre-existing conditions in specific intervention areas in the world and related to the theme of Expo Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". The award ceremony for the competition's 18 winning initiatives shall take place at the Auditorium in Palazzo Italia at Expo Milano 2015 on Monday, July 6 at 10:30 and this will be the beginning of the week dedicated to the Best Practices and to discussions on its thematic areas.

Among the speakers, Giuseppe Sala, Vicente González Loscertales and Giovanni Azzone

The event, moderated by the RAI journalist Maria Soave, starts at 10:30 with the registration of the participants. At 11 there will be the welcoming speeches by Giuseppe Sala (Sole Commissioner of the Government for Expo Milano 2015), Vicente González Loscertales  (Secretary General of the BIE) and Robert Fillon (Commissioner General of the Monaco Principality Pavilion representing HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco), while at 11.30 there will be a screening of the video describing the 18 initiatives followed by the awarding ceremony. At 12:40 the conference "Feeding Knowledge. The Best Practices. The Legacy of Expo Milano 2015" attended by Cosimo Lacirignola (Secretary General of CIHEAM), Maria Cruz Diaz Alvarez (President of the 'World Association of Agronomists) and Giovanni Azzone (Rector of the Polytechnic University of Milan). The closing speech shall be by Maurizio Martina (the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry).

The applications are 786 from all over the Planet

The 786 applications, arriving from all over the world, focused on five specific theme areas: sustainable management of natural resources, quality and quantity increase of agricultural production, the socio-economic dynamics and global markets, the sustainable development of small rural communities, the food intake patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health. An international selection committee, chaired by SAS Prince Albert II of Monaco, has identified 18 winning initiatives, announced in January 2015 and awarded next Monday. The winning Countries standing out for the concreteness, innovation, transferability, sustainability of projects include, among others, Malawi, Argentina, Pakistan, Mongolia, Syria, Senegal and Madagascar.