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International Sustainability & Food Award 2015

First Edition



 23rd September 2015


To support scientific and technological research in the field of agri-food sustainability, to improve and optimize the distribution of food, to reduce the environmental and social impacts of food production and distribution, to promote a new and widespread culture in the name of nutrition and education are the fundamental goals of the Bologna Award for International Substainability and Food,- the International Prize "City of Bologna" supporting agri-food sustainability - conceived and promoted by CAAB, the Agribusiness Centre of Bologna, in collaboration with the Municipality of Bologna and the Emilia Romagna Region.

The prize, which will be held every two years, aims to identify and promote scientific research and initiatives in the agri-food field carried out by people, institutions and companies in the name of a long-lasting and sustainable development.

The prize will be awarded by an international jury chaired by Andrea Segrè, President of CAAB – the Agribusiness Centre of Bologna- and coordinated by Duccio Caccioni, Marketing Director of CAAB and composed of Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna, Michael Hurwitz, Director of Grow NYC (New York-USA), Nadia El Hage Scialabba - FAO, Claudia Sorlini, President of EXPO Scientific Committee, Paolo De Castro, Chair of the EU Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Livia Pomodoro, President of the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, Jiao Hui - Munic Chengdu UNESCO, Chennaiah Poguri - Action Aid International, Pierluigi Masini, Director of projects and editorial initiatives at Poligrafici Publisher, Giovanni Beccari - CEFA, Giovanni Carrada - RAI and Sylvie Coyaud and Antonio Cianciullo, scientific journalists.

The general secretariat of the jury is composed of Duccio Caccioni, Ruben Sacerdoti (Emilia-Romagna Region) and Mauro Felicori (Municipality of Bologna).

The Bologna Award is part of a strategic context for the city of Bologna and the Emilia Romagna Region that started with the World Food Research and Innovation Forum, a project connected to Expo 2015, designed to activate - in Emilia-Romagna, in Italy and in the European Union - an international platform linked to research and safety in the food industry, and intended to become a catalyst for the competitiveness of European and national companies and supply chains on global markets.

Furthermore, the project City of Food has been operating for over a year in Bologna. Such framework initiative aims to promote - both in Italy and abroad - the agri-food heritage of Bologna as a key  element of the city and as cornerstone of operations like local marketing and tourism promotion.

Andrea Segrè, President of CAAB, underlines that …globalization increases interconnectedness among different populations in the world and foster dialogue about issues and problems that take place in remote places. The sustainability of agricultural and food production techniques are important global issues, since they ensure availability and accessibility to good quality food to all the inhabitants of the Earth.

For this reason CAAB, that has conceived the project FICO Eataly World in perfect alternation with Milan Expo on topics such as the quality of food and the access to it, is the promoter of a large mobilization to enhance those projects, often unknown, that –in different parts of the world – focus on the very same topics and have brought added value in access to food for all the inhabitants of the planet.

The award ceremony of the first edition of the Bologna Award will take place at Expo on the evening of September 23, 2015. The next award ceremonies will be held in Bologna.

The prize, worth € 20,000 will be assigned - on  recommendation of the winner - to  sustainable, long-lasting or solidarity research and industrial initiatives