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Promozione della sicurezza alimentare attraverso la cooperazione internazionale così che le persone abbiano accesso a cibo sicuro e sano, che soddisfi le diverse esigenze dietetiche e le condizioni di salute.


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Food systems are multi-actor networks that connect producers, processors, distributors, consumers, etc., at international, national, regional and local levels. They represent one of the most effective ways to address the issue of food security and nutrition in communities. Food systems are at the center of many of the key global challenges of our time. They play a crucial role not only in terms of diet and human health but also in terms of the sustainability of the environment in which food is produced, processed, distributed, sold and consumed. Additionally, they serve as a significant driver of economic development and stability. Addressing food systems and their transformation, which is increasingly necessary today, means ensuring that they become more inclusive and resilient, safeguarding easy access to healthy and quality food for everyone. Only in this way food systems can contribute to address major African challenges such as malnutrition, urban migration, inadequate agricultural infrastructure, food losses, gender inequality, dependence on commodity markets and market imbalances. Engaging with food systems offers an opportunity to redefine the relationship between food, the environment, and society. Addressing these challenges requires joint commitment and only through collective and coordinated actions we can transform food systems into sustainable solutions that ensure the well-being of humanity and the planet for future generations.
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Milk & Honey

Two high-value-added value chains as a response to the food and economic insecurity of urban and rural areas in Niger

Period: 02/07/18 – 08/02/22

Project Leader: Riccardo FORTINA

Funders: Africa 70 Movement

Description: “Milk & Honey” is born to contribute to ensuring the right of the Nigerien population to healthy and quality food from sustainable local value chains. Specifically, the project aims to ensure that the population of Niamey and the Departments of Say and Torodi consume milk, honey, and derivatives from local, fair-trade, and sustainable sources, promoting the work of young people and women.

The project also intends to promote the socio-economic development of communities and youth and women’s empowerment by fostering the development of alternative economic opportunities, with the full involvement of institutions and the population. The inclusion of young people and women in the two productive chains and financial incentives for supporting and creating micro-enterprises from production to sales are additional important and innovative interventions in the rural intervention context.


Women Empowerment and Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security Achievement in South Sudan

Period: 12/06/17 – 31/03/22

Project Leader: Sabrina Maria Rita BONETTO

Funders: VIDES International Volunteering Women Education Development

Description: The research aims to address, through an interdisciplinary approach, issues related to the sustainable management of natural and environmental resources (mainly water, but also grazing lands or agriculturally relevant soils) and the dissemination of environmentally friendly agricultural and livestock practices adapted to climatic and environmental conditions, capable of ensuring adequate food security for local populations. The research activities will take place primarily within the framework of the WOSA project – Women Empowerment and Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security Achievement in South Sudan (led by VIDES) funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), in which the CISAO of the University of Turin is a partner. The research activities will be carried out in collaboration with Italian and African NGOs, institutes, and public and private entities.


Réseau des Universités Sahéliennes pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et la Durabilité Environnementale
Period: 01/10/13 – 01/10/16

Project Type: Other Research Projects with Competitive Call

Funders: Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) – ACP-EU Cooperation Programme for Higher Education (EDULINK II)

Description: Improvement of the living conditions of rural populations in the three countries involved through a high-level higher education program that promotes sustainable development interventions to increase plant and animal production while respecting the environment and ensuring food security. The project involves organizing a higher education course (master’s level) to train and specialize professionals who can be locally integrated into institutions (public bodies, universities, or other training institutes of various levels), NGOs, businesses, etc. that are more involved in rural development. The Master’s program will be open to students from various educational backgrounds (agronomists, veterinarians, animal scientists, graduates in biology, geography, physics, environmental sciences, natural sciences, etc.) and from partner countries as well as other Sahelian countries in the CISAO network.


An EcoVillage for Food Security in Casamance

Period: 21/04/22 – 20/04/24

Project Leaders: Alessandra GUMINA, Daniela Nicoletta COSTA, Elisa BIGNANTE, Cristiano LO IACONO, Egidio DANSERO