Future Food at EXCO 2019, the first International Cooperation Expo

This Wednesday marks the first edition of EXCO and the beginning of a new journey towards sustainability.

Created by Fiera di Roma and in collaboration with Diplomacy and Sustainaway, EXCO brings together businesses and buyers working towards furthering scientific research, tech innovation and education while providing products, services and solutions that can support the international cooperation sector.

EXCO2019 aims to facilitate the cooperation between industry-specific active players and aware individuals looking to bring about change. These participants will gain the opportunity to meet financial Institutions, Government representatives, development agencies and international organizations as well as engage in new business relationships focused on sustainable development.  

This year, the Future Food Network is also taking part in the International Cooperation Expo. Staring from a foundation of agrifood innovation, this Bologna-based ecosystem has actively generated and accelerated social, cultural, economic and environmental impact since 2014.  

Over the course of EXCO 2019, the Future Food Network will launch a number of innovative initiatives. These can be observed from May 15th to May 17th between Halls 7 and 9.  

The first of these initiatives will be a panel titled, “Global Responsible Agriculture Investment” taking place in Hall 9 on opening day. RAI journalist Romana Fabrizi will serve as moderator while the participants of the panel discuss future prospects of agricultural investments, comparing both Thai and Italian contexts.

Over the course of this discussion, the Future Food Network will also unveil the new FAO-Future Food joint program.   Following this panel, the Future Food Network will present the award ceremony for the third edition of the International Award 2019: Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness for Developing Countries.

This is a contest organized by UNIDO ITPO Italy (Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Italy of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization), under the patronage of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, supported by the PRIMA Foundation and the Santa Chiara Lab by the University of Siena and carried out in collaboration with Future Food Institute.

During the event, 8 winners, among the 440 applications of the contest, will be announced.   Next, on May 16th a panel titled “Women for Climate: the Italian national female pact for SDGs” will take place.

This panel has been organized by Stati Generali delle Donne in collaboration with Future Food. Participants of the discussion will include, senator Assuntela Messina (Secretary of the executive board in the Commission for Environment, Territory, Environmental heritage & Member of the Extraordinary Commission for Human Rights defence and promotion), Prof. Stefania Proietti (Ph. D. & Mayor of Assisi) and Marina Baldi (National Council of Research climatologist)  

The final event for this years edition of EXCO will be “Hack for SDGs”. This is a Hackathon focused on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 launched by Future Food and FAO in collaboration with PRIMA Foundation. The winning team, of “Hack for SDGs”, will have the incredible opportunity to present their final idea at the official closing ceremony of EXCO 2019. In addition, one team member from the winning team will also receive a scholarship to participate in the Future Food 4 Climate Change Summer School on Smart Cities, that will take place in New York on July 10th-17th.

On May 17th, Future Food will sign a strategic partnership with ANGI – Associazione Nazionale Giovani Innovatori, based on educational programs focused on innovation applied to food and impacts.

In the Future Food stand, there will be a special presentation given to Food Shapers, the book collection arising from the Food Innovation Global Mission and validated by DiSBA CNR.  





SCHEDULE 12.00 – 12.05 pm | Cristina Petracchi, FAO e-learning Center and Claudia Laricchia, Future Food Institute: Introduction on FAO-FF Joint Program 12.05 – 12.20 pm | Michael Riggs, FAO Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) Team Leader: Policies and strategies on responsible agriculture investments 12.20 – 12.35 | Maurizio Martina, former Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies: Italian responsible agriculture investments: overview and perspectives. 12.35 – 12.50 | Akeanong Jangbua Ph.D., COO Food Innopolis – The most attractive food innovation sectors in terms of investments, which will be presented during Food Innovation Symposium in Bangkok 12:50 – 13:00 | Final remarks Moderated by Romana Fabrizi, TG3  



DATA: May 15th | 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm


LANGUAGE: English  

The third edition of the International Award “Innovative Ideas and Technologies for Agribusiness”, organized by UNIDO ITPO Italy with the collaboration of the Future Food Institute. The award ceremony will take place during the opening day of EXCO 2019.

For more information: https://www.unido.it/award2019/en/  


Simona Grande, Institutional Relations, Future Food Institute Li Yong, General Director at UNIDO Diana Battaggia, Head, UNIDO ITPO Italy Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division at FAO Claudia Laricchia, Head of Institutional Relations and Global Strategic Partnerships at Future Food Institute Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division FAO Angelo Riccaboni, Chair at PRIMA Foundation Andrea Carapellese, International Expert on Investment & Technology at UNIDO ITPO Italy Alessandra Rainaldi, Formazione Imprese at Agenzia ICE Mirko Tricoli, AICS Stefania Quaini, Responsible Food Project at Fondazione Mattei Giulia Giuffré, Marketing Director at Irritec Group   Moderated by Andrea Carapellese, UNIDO Italy; Claudia Laricchia, Future Food Institute  



DATA: May 16th | 9.30 am – 11.00 am



SPEAKERS 9.30 – 9.35: Claudia Laricchia, Future Food Institute and Patto delle Donne per il Clima e per l’Ambiente: “Building together a sustainable future”. 9.35 – 9:50

A political pact for climate and environment

Senator Assuntela Messina, Secretary of the executive board in the Commission for Environment, Territory, Environmental heritage and Member of the extraordinary Commission for Human Rights defense and promotion

✔ Prof. Ing. Stefania Proietti, Ph. D., Assisi Mayor: the bond between Assisi and Laudato Si’

✔ Doctor Maria Ludovica Agrò, Stati Generali delle Donne   9.50 – 10.00

An artistic pact for climate and environment

✔ Maria Cristina Finucci, Head of Garbage Patch State, architect and world fame artist   10.00 – 10:30

A pact for science and innovation for climate and environment

✔ Sara Zanni, scientist of U-Earth

✔Alessandra Lomonaco, Innovation Advisor

✔ Ilaria Vitellio, Associazione Mappina: digital platform Climate Shapers launched at the European Parliament on March 18th to map the FIDU “Youth Empowerment for Environment” climate actions

✔ Luisa Galbiati, “So Lunch” founder

✔ Marina Baldi, CNR climatologist

✔ Laura Dell’Aquila, Regional Leader of the Lean In Italy network and President of the Toastmasters Club Roma   10.30 – 10.50

A youth pact  per il clima e l’ambiente

✔ Valentino Magliaro, Humans to Humans: “Corporate Activism”

✔ Claudia Carotenuto and Daniele Giustozzi, “Controcorrente”, the 100% sustainable documentary on the state of water

✔ Aran Cosentino, Fridays for Future.   10.50-11.00 Closing Remarks  



DATA: May 17th | 10.00 am – 16.00 pm


LANGUAGE: English  

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Future Food Institute organize, in collaboration with the PRIMA Foundation (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Areas), their first hackathon entirely dedicated to the SDGs (the Sustainable Development Goals) set by the UN 2030 Agenda.  


09:00 | Registration of participants

10:00 | Opening remarks             Marcela Villarreal, Director of Partnerships Division at FAO             Sara Roversi, Founder of Future Food Institute             Eugenio Carli, PRIMA Foundation

10:15 | Teams session (SDG2, SDG4, SDG5, SDG11, SDG12, SDG13)

15:00 | Team Pitch sessions

15:45 | Evaluation of the project proposals

16:45 | Delivery of the certificates of participation        

17:00 | EXCO Closing Ceremony (Hall 10, Room Flavia)

Announcement of the Hackathon Winner and Closing Remarks               

Roberto Ridolfi, Assistant Director General Programme Support at FAO  



DATA: May 17th | 4.30 pm – 5.00 pm

LOCATION: Hall 7, B3

LANGUAGE: Italian  

To access EXCO, please register at http://survey.fieraroma.it/execute/survey?surveyID=registrazione-exco2019&action=start The pass is free of charge.