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Spring Course on Food and Nutrition Security Rome, 9-13 March 2020

Food security

Standard Application deadline: 27 February 2020

Early Bird deadline: 6 January 2020


“The world’s population continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace than at any time since 1950, owing to reduced levels of fertility. From an estimated 7.7 billion people worldwide in 2019, the medium-variant projection indicates that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100.” (World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. New York: United Nations). These demographic changes are closely interlinked with the issues of access to sufficient, affordable and nutritious food.

With this consideration in mind, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), is organizing the second edition of the Spring Course on Food and Nutrition Security, which will take place at JCU in Rome, Italy, from 9 to 13 March 2020.

Food security is not a new concept or phenomenon. Despite its long history, it still remains a major challenge. Climate change, conflicts, migration and new economic systems are compelling the global community to re-shape the entire food chain, from production to consumption. Aiming to reach the second SDG “Zero Hunger” within 2030, Member States and international organisations need to find a balance between economic development, environmental protection and food security.

While countering malnutrition and facilitating access to food, international and national institutions highlight the importance of controlling and monitoring the food supply chain. The globalisation of the food chain and its increased complexity urge governments to have the control on the large quantity and variety of food travels in the world. Substitution, adulteration, mislabelling, counterfeiting and misrepresentation of food products are seriously affecting the quality of what we eat. Furthermore, in many legislative frameworks they constitute criminal activities. Recognising the multiple threats of an uncontrolled food chain, common standards are essential to provide a safe and healthy nutrition. As affirmed by José Graziano de Silva, FAO General Director, “there is no food security without food safety, which is the base for healthy diets and lives”.

The course will bring young professionals up-to-date with programs and current challenges about food and nutrition security, also improving participants’ ability to address the issue in a comprehensive way.

The course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of main determinants and issues connected to food and nutrition security, among which:

  • The long path towards the multidimensional definition of food and nutrition security
  • The UN strategy for Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” (SDGs
  • The four dimensions of food security
  • The grounds of food and feed legislation
  • Food industry and food crimes: counterfeiting and adulteration
  • Food industry and food waste
  • Climate Change impacts on Food Supply
  • Migration and food shortage
  • Access to food and conflict
  • Food security in emergency: Food Aid
  • New ideas for the future: blockchain for Zero Hunger

The Spring Course combines theory-based lectures with roundtable discussions, challenging case studies, and practical exercises. The faculty is composed of leading scholars and academics from JCU and other universities, as well as international legal experts from the United Nations system, international and non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

In this unique learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognised experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from around the world. This intensive experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of two of the most salient issues faced by the international community.

For further information on application process, entry requirements, registration fees and certificate of participation, please visit the how to apply section or send a message to