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Exotic and migrant crops – Via Gadio 2, Milan – Friday, November 27, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Right to food, right to food traditions, sustainability

The three-year Nutrire la Città che Cambia (Feeding the Changing City) project, developed by Associazione Solidarietà e Sviluppo (ASES) and Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA) with the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo and the scientific assistance of the University of Milan, launched in 2013 to verify the possibility of producing in Lombardy the fresh exotic vegetable products required by new citizens from non-EU countries, comes to an end.

The project made it possible to map the presence of non-EU agricultural producers in our region, the channels through which they sell their products and the conditions under which they are grown, identifying a market for these products from whose development growers and consumers can benefit. The nutraceutical applications of some of these plants were also examined.

During the third year of the project, the nine farms participating in the project sowed and harvested 11 vegetables and other plant species.

Thus, a clear experimental framework is available, which will be illustrated together with the project results and experiences of farms. The final conference also addresses the issues from which the project grew and to which it provided an initial response: the right to food, the right to one’s own food traditions, and finally the sustainability of consumption and agricultural production for the new citizens of our cities.


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h 5:15 p.m. START OF WORK

Chair Dario Olivero – President Cia Milano-Lodi-Monza e Brianza


Giovanni Daghetta – President Cia Lombardia

Filippo Del Corno – Councilor for Culture of the City of Milan

Elena Jachia – Cariplo Foundation


Cultivation of exotic spices, vegetables and grains, on farms in the Milan area. Results of the experiment and and final data of the project
Stefano Bocchi – University of Milan – DISAA, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Production, Territory, Agroenergy

The legal and constitutional framework on the issue of the right to food
Filippo Pizzolato, Professor of Institutions of Public Law – Milano-Bicocca University

Food and traditions. The food issue in migrants and asylum seekers between possibilities and impositions
Barbara Pinelli, Anthropologist, Milan Bicocca University

Ethnic food purchasing and ethical values in large retailers. The Coop Experience
Laura Redaelli, Social Policies Coop Lombardy

Food traditions of “new citizens” and product availability in the Food Policy of the City of Milan
Representative of the City of Milan

Experience of cultivating Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) and Ochre (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Francesco Ghezzi, Azienda Agricola Villa Licia Bernareggio (MB)

Experience of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) cultivation.
Cinzia Rocca, Podere Monticelli Organic Farm in Villanova del Sillaro (LO)

An inclusion project through the cultivation of exotic vegetables at Milan’s Casa del Sole School
Maria Patanè, Teacher Istituto Scolastico Comprensivo Casa del Sole di Milano

Training internships for non-EU agricultural forestry workers at North Milan Park and Niguarda Common Garden
Fabio Campana, Agronomist North Milan Park

h 20.00 Conclusions by Secondo Scanavino, ASES President

h 20.30 Ethnic buffet


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