On 22 July 2003 Mr M.
Gorgoni delivered this seminar, starting with a review of the main
features of the agricultural sector. Agriculture nowadays is not just
farming, but also the result of a complex system of post harvest
activities at industrial and trade level.
With regard to the
globalization of food and agriculture, Mr Gorgoni stressed how the
traditional economies are largely locally focused, while the advanced
ones are largely globally focused. Nevertheless, it must be stressed
that globalization puts down its roots in local contexts where
agricultural systems are situated.
lecturer defined food insecurity as a pervasive dimension related
to the way a system behaves to ensure that people are able to get food
and consume the food they need. Also, it is very much connected (as
clearly explained in the FAO publication - World Agriculture
Toward 2015/2030) to the condition of poverty underdeveloped societies
face. Therefore, food insecurity cannot be tackled just with actions at
sector level, but has to address issues spared within the entire
economic and political system.
Finally, Mr Gorgoni
concluded by stressing that it is vital for governments to be cautious
and not to fall in the temptation of food self sufficiency. Governments
should instead focus on food self reliability with the chance to get the
food needed on the international market.