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The other half of the Planet. The challenges, messages and proposals from the Women's Weeks

Economia / Redazione Expo 2015

The Women's Weeks were two intense, constructive and exciting weeks at Expo Milano 2015. Strong messages, clear proposals and concrete testimonies were given by the women and men who participated in over 50 international events, debates, concerts, readings and performances. Here is the story in words and pictures of what took place between June 29 to July 10 and the significance of this great legacy for the future.

Antonio Boselli. Cisgenesis can help small farmers and typical products

Innovation / Giorgio Zerbinati

Antonio Boselli is the President of the farmers’ association Confagricoltura in Milan, Lodi, and Monza-Brianza, and an expert in biotechnology applied to agriculture. A speaker at a conference focused on GMOs, held by the CNR (National Research Council) in Expo Milano 2015, he was interviewed by ExpoNet, the official magazine of the Universal Exposition.

October 16, FAO World Food Day. The new video on the children of Lesotho

Economy / Stefano Carnazzi

The video for this year, dedicated to World Food Day, explores the theme of social protection and how it can help eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. The video focuses on the Lesotho Child Cash Grant program, put in place by the government and developed together with several partners. With the contribution to agriculture, the FAO is helping the poorest families in the country to improve productivity in the fields and their food situation.

Good news: African governments are seriously stepping up their fight against malnutrition

Economy / Marc Van Ameringen

As we approach the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we can observe that significant progress has been made toward achieving this set of targets over the last decade. Despite this progress, malnutrition still represents one of the main challenges the planet is facing today and has devastating socio-economic consequences for all countries tackling the complex issue of malnutrition in all its forms. Governance in the nutrition sector plays a key role in driving and sustaining efforts against the multiple causes of malnutrition.

Why #FutureFortified: what does it take to end hidden hunger?

Sustainability / Marc Van Ameringen

Poor nutrition is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. Today, 2 billion people — that’s 1 in 3 people on the planet — suffer from micronutrient deficiency, otherwise known as “hidden hunger.” Food fortification — adding small amounts of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals to staple foods and condiments — has been shown to be one of the safest and most cost-effective measures to tackle hidden hunger on a large scale.

Just Spirulina. Fighting malnutrition at school

Innovation / Emanuela Taverna

An Israeli NGO has picked out the best allies to spread its great ideas: teenagers and their love of networking. In fact, it teaches schools a very simple way to grow Spirulina and then encourages them to pass on their knowledge to other institutes. Including South Africa and Ruanda.

Worldwide, over 1,000 species of insects are eaten. We tell you where and how

Lifestyle / Stefano Carnazzi

Not in large quantities, and not usually as the main course, but people have been eating insects for a long time. For subsistence (hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa and the Amazon), because they are traditionally considered a delicacy (as with cricket snacks in Thailand or Mexican mezcal with a worm in it) or, as happens to most westerners, without even realizing they are eating them (up to about 10 ounces a year), in preserved tomato products and organic vegetables.

Argentina is transforming itself from “the granary of the planet” to a producer of food products

Sustainability / Stefano Carnazzi - Michele Sechi Gatta

Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture illustrates his country’s statistics, its future prospects and its revolutionary scientific innovations. Including the first transgenic cow in the world.

How Can Bitcoin Help Emancipate Billions And Help Food Security

Innovation / David Orban

Through the fundamental invention of the Blockchain, we now have a tool that, through the use of planet-wide communications networks and smartphones, can put a Western city-dweller and an Indonesian fisherman on equal footing

Ilaria Capua. Women’s ideas need to have their own voice and reach everyone, men and women alike

Innovation / Stefano Carnazzi - Silvia Passini

A virologist, defined as “a revolutionary mind”, the “strong lady” of Italian research, and rapporteur in many TED conferences, Ilaria Capua manages to reconcile her work in the laboratory, exploratory missions abroad, talk shows and her family. This is why she is the perfect example of the woman who, during the Women’s Weeks of Expo Milano 2015, can inspire other women to do things, to study, to take risks.

Over a million people are already #FoodConscious. What about you?

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