Food for thought: Global Food Security conference being hosted in Milan


The European Union is taking part in the Universal Exhibition “Expo Milano 2015”, the theme of which is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. As food is the overarching focus of the Expo and the EU pavilion is engaging visitors on the topic of ‘Growing Europe’s Future Together for a Better World’, the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission (DG AGRI) is playing an important role at Expo Milano. ICF Mostra is assisting DG AGRI to host the pre-ICAE Conference on ‘Global Food Security Challenges’ on 7-8 August at the Polytechnic University of Milan.

ICF Mostra took care of all logistical elements of this event including creating an online registration website, assisting participants, and providing ongoing personalised follow-up for the 50+ speakers – including booking flights and accommodation and collecting their presentations. ICF Mostra is arranging conference catering, a VIP dinner and a welcome cocktail reception with live music and entertainment. Special attention is being given to event signage and branding (including both the European Commission and Expo Milano logos).

ICF Mostra contracted event staff and an event photographer. We are providing audiovisual support and session production, and are onsite to support the event and speakers. All conference materials have been designed and printed in-house.

DG AGRI, together with the European Association of Agriculture Economists (EAAE) and the International Agriculture Trade Research Consortium (IATRC), is hosting the conference for top agricultural economists and representatives of international organisations and governments in an effort to consider the various dimensions of food security. Forty of the speakers are top-level economists from around the world. They are joined by 10 ‘young economists’ who were offered in-kind grants to attend the conference and who are representing the future of food security issues. This two-day conference is being attended by approximately 250 people and precedes the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE), also held in Milan, on 8-14 August.

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