World Food Security e-Center

EXPO 2015 left a large legacy of significant skills of international importance in the field of food security, providing adequate technological solutions to timely meet emerging countries’ needs.

In the wake of such progress, the project of a Center for digital services of food security, born in the UN in 2013, was drafted to face the main problems afflicting poor countries, by transferring to rural communities competences and technologies to fight food emergencies, activating development processes from the bottom up.

The World Food Security e-Center project was thus created by the Task Force composed of the following professionals:

  • Dott. Cesar Alvarez, IT Division (CIO) Senior Information Technology Officer at FAO (Roma)
  • Dott.ssa Valentina Aprea, Assessor for Education, Training and Work at Regione Lombardia
  • Ing. Salvatore Crapanzano, Delegate of Milan’s Association of Engineers
  • Prof. Giuseppe Enne, President of the Scientific Committee of UNISS Desertification Research Center (NDR)
  • Assessore Giuseppe Fava, Assessor for Agriculture at Regione Lombardia
  • Dott. Ruggero Gabbai, President of Milan Council’s EXPO Commission
  • Prof. Goffredo Haus, Head of IT Department at Università Statale di Milano (UNIMI)
  • Prof.ssa Claudia Sorlini, President of Milan Council’s Scientific Committee for EXPO 2015
  • Prof. Gianluca Carenzo, General Director of Parco Tecnologico Padano (PTP)
  • Prof. Vincenzo Gerbi, President of Associazione Italiana Società Scientifiche Agrarie (AISSA)
  • Dott. Carmine Pacente, Manager of Servizio Europa at Provincia di Milano
  • Carolina Requena, Delegate of the Mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Eugénie Salebongo Basoy, Secretary General of DR Congo’s Ministry of Commerce
  • Banca Popolare di Lodi
  • Assoconsumatori

The project was launched during the 15th Infopoverty World Conference (UNHQ, New York, 9-10/04/2015); it was further illustrated during the International Conference ‘Beyond Expo: new digital services for food security’ (Palazzo Regione Lombardia, Milano, 20/10/2015) and validated during the 16th Infopoverty World Conference (UNHQ, New York, 14-15/04/2016) and during the Infopoverty Seminar at COP 22 (Green Zone, Marrakech, 17/11/2016)

The Center will be further launched on the occasion of the 17th Infopoverty World Conference, to be held on the April 21, 2017 at the UNHQ, New York, during a live videoconference from Milan.

What is it about?

The World Food Security E-Center (WFSeC) is finalized to apply innovative services on a large scale and worldwide to assist countries in order to develop adequate, rapid and efficient food security and safety policies.

The Center is made up of three main elements:

  • Services Providers: Service Providers of digital services, as specialized laboratories, research centers, universities, international organizations, associated in the UN ambit, are able to evaluate issues rising from the different users, elaborate the best solutions and then to provide them to the requiring subjects (users). Indeed, the Center avails itself of the following partners acting as Service Providers: Italian Association of the Agricultural Science Societies AISSA, Desertification Research Centre of Sassari, PTP Science Park, Universities of Milan for EXPO, Confconsumatori, Ordine degli Ingegneri di Milano, Christopher D. Smithers Foundation and Oklahoma University-Infopoverty Institute.
  • Service Users: Service Users are Institutions and Communities, located in countries in need, joining the project which will benefit from the competences and technologies of the Center and receive assistance. With regard to the Service Users we are working to establish local hubs in Brazil, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Lesotho and Honduras.
  • Digital Platform: the Digital Platform based on the IoT (Internet of Things), is the hub of the whole system, capable of receiving and sorting the information from the Service Providers to the Service Users, being the connecting point within the apparatus, using data coming directly from sensors and robotic devices set up in the field.

The Main Fields where the E-Center will focus its action are:

  • Agriculture
  • Remote diagnostics for the management of the adversity of plants and food
  • Technologies and transformation processes and food preservation
  • Hygienic quality
  • Remote diagnostics for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of animal diseases in livestock
  • Human nutrition
  • Economic Analysis of Investments in Food Security
  • Training Human Capital