Eutropian is thrilled to have participated in the second Rome Food Council meeting on 12 January 2024, electing its new president. The Council met for the second time in the Sala Giulio Cesare in Campidoglio to elect its president, Fabio Ciconte, Director and co-founder of the environmentalist association Terra!, an author and expert on agriculture and food supply chains, committed to environmental and social issues.
The Food Council is an inclusive participatory tool in which civil society, institutional actors and sector associations meet and debate and define a Food Plan for Rome’s agri-food policy for the coming years, a policy inspired by the principles of agro-ecological transition. The Food Council has advisory, proposing and supporting functions to the Administration on the objectives of the Food Policy as well as on further fields of action indicated by both the Administration and the Council.
Eutropian had signed “A Food Policy for Rome” – the bottom-up proposal for a food policy of Rome that was approved by Resolution n. 38 of 2021, in which the The City Council of Rome identified the guidelines for the implementation of Rome’s food policy. You can read more on Rome’s food policy here .
Based on our long-standing research and advocacy work around food systems and the revitalisation of markets led Eutropian to apply for membership of the food council. Our colleagues, Daniela Patti and Giovanni Pagano represent Eutropian together with almost 150 other entities that make up the Rome Food Council. The members come from the catering, distribution, research and civil society sectors.
The paper Food markets’ network as an infrastructure for local development in Rome investigates local food markets in Rome, looking into their role in supporting local food distribution, offering local services in public assets, creating employment and ultimately affecting the neighbourhoods they are located in.
Our book Il Rilancio dei Mercati: spazio pubblico, servizi comunitari ed economia circolare examins the possibility of markets regaining a central role within public food policy.