The Swiss Pavilion addresses food insecurity during the Food and Agriculture Week at Expo 2020 Dubai

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations organizations in Rome and USI Università della Svizzera italiana collaborate to organize activities from February 17 – 23, 2022

In line with the Food and Agriculture Week at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Swiss Pavilion bought together young people from MENA region and Switzerland to discuss water scarcity and food insecurity related to global issues. During the interactive workshop and public discussion, attendees had the opportunity to share their perspectives keynote speakers.

The main event, organized by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations organisations in Rome and USI Università della Svizzera italiana, included Ambassador Pio Wennubst and Dr. Federica Frediani. They headed a workshop on food and women in MENA region, followed by a presentation on the Bites of Transfoodmation.

Mr. Dante Larini, Project Manager of Swissnex at the Swiss Pavilion, said: “We believe access to healthy and nutritious food is a right, not a privilege and food systems are getting more complex than ever. Although food and water scarcity ares drivers of conflicts in MENA region, nevertheless it can also be a powerful instrument of cohesion and inclusiveness. The Food and Agriculture Week aims at encouraging people to rethink their food habits and to use food towards creating solidarity amongst each other.”

The activities during this week highlighted the various problems that exist in our current food systems and underlined possible solutions to these issues. Experts presented and discussed the work done by the Bites of Transfoodmation community, a Swiss project which works towards change for more sustainable, resilient and equal food systems. It brings together a unique group of young and motivated people to elaborate a shared vision and engage in transformative processes to improve food systems.

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