The International call for “Best Practices in Sustainable Development” (BSDP) was launched on 14 November 2013 and closed on 31 October 2014. The BSDP competition is part of the Feeding Knowledge platform, an initiative launched by Expo Milano 2015 to encourage greater cooperation in research and innovations related to food security with the aim of becoming an important part of the Exposition’s legacy. Each of the best practices that have participated in the call will in fact become a part of the Feeding Knowledge web platform.

The initiative aimed to identify, collect, promote and facilitate the sharing of best practices in food security in terms of food availability, food access and food use.

The best practices submitted were in line with the following five thematic priorities: 1) Sustainable management of natural resources; 2) Improvement in the quantity and quality of agricultural production; 3) Socio-economic dynamics and global markets; 4) Sustainable development of small rural communities in marginal areas; 5) Food consumption habits: diet, environment, society, economy and health.

Having always played an important part in improving food security and nutrition for the most vulnerable communities, the United Nations actively promoted the competition throughout the organizations of the UN System, many of whom responded with a number of development cooperation projects.

Of the 18 selected best practices, one winner from each of the five priorities is featured in documentaries and screened in Pavilion Zero. The remaining 13 runners up –from two to four per priority– are illustrated through photo stories and also featured in Pavillion Zero.   


The five Best Practice winners featured in films are:

Priority 1:
‘Pasture user groups for sustainable rangeland management in Mongolia’ - Ministry of Agriculture (Mongolia), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia, Aimag Federation of Pasture Users’ Groups.;

Priority 2:
‘Intensification of agriculture by strengthening cooperative agro-input shops’, Niger - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - IARBIC, Ministry of Agriculture of Niger, Union of the producers federations of Niger UFPN Gatanci. ;

Priority 3:
‘Regional Network to support small producers of coffee’, Guatemala - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Agronomic Institute for Overseas, National Coffee Association of Guatemala, Italo American Institute.;

Priority 4:
‘Africa Milk Project: love your land, fight poverty, drink your milk’, Tanzania - Granarolo Group, Njombe Livestock Farmers Association, The European Committee for Education and Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate General for Development Cooperation.;

Priority 5:
‘Food is a resource to secure tangible assistance and inclusion to the deprived’, Italy - Food Bank Foundation, National Federation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Milano Ristorazione, METRO Cash and Carry Italy, Finmeccanica, Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition, National Union of producer organisations, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Nestlé Italiana, Barilla G&R, University of Milan-Bicocca, Politecnico of Milano, The Global FoodBanking Network, European Federation of Food Banks, Intesa Sanpaolo .


The 13 Best Practice runners-up listed below are represented through Photo Stories:

Priority 1:
‘Conservation and management of Lampi National Park in Myanmar’, Burma (Myanmar) - Oikos Institute ONG, Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Directorate General for Development Cooperation;

‘Introducing no-till conservation agriculture to Lebanon’, Lebanon - The American University of Beirut, GIZ, Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zonees and Dry Lands, Lebanese Agricultural Research Institution; 

‘Identification and conservation of the high nature value of ancient olive groves in the Mediterranean region’, Mediterranean Area - Apulia Region, Italian Ministry for the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania;

‘Rationalisation of Ras El Ain irrigation systems and rational use of natural resources to improve agriculture productions’, Syria - MAE, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research, Syria.

Priority 2:
‘Ecuador, ancestral grains fight poverty and malnutrition’, Ecuador - Oxfam Italia, Decentralized Autonomous Municipal Government of Santa Ana de Cotacachi, Union of Indigenous and Peasant Organization of Cotacachi, Cotacachi Organic Agricultural Producers Association “Mama Murucuna”;

‘Nourishing the land, nourishing the people’, Madagascar - The International Fund for Agricultural Development, Cornell University, Ministry of agriculture livestock and fisheries of Madagascar;

‘Tradition and innovation: ensuring a more sustainable and equitable future for Karakorum communities’, Pakistan - Ev-K2-CNR, University of Padua - Tesaf Department, Aga Khan Rural Support Program, Directorate of Central Karakoram National Park, University of Torino – Department of Veterinary Science.

Priority 3:
‘Farmer-researcher networks and North-South partnerships to transform West African agriculture and society towards sustainability, justice and wealth’, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali - Fibl- Research Institute for Organic Agriculture – FRICK Switzerland, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research, National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin, Institute of Rural Economy/ Regional Center for Agricultura Research, National Agricultural Research Institute of Benin, Institute of Rural Economy/ Regional Center for Agricultural Research, National Union of Cotton Producers of Burkina, Union of Village Associations for the Management of Wildlife Reserves, Malian Organic Movement.;

‘Informatics tool for the competitiveness of local food productions from South Mediterranean Countries to European entry points (Italy)’, Egypt - Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (Egypt), Apulia Region, Regional Agency for the rural development (Friuli Venezia Giulia)..

Priority 4:
‘Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal’ - Directorate of Veterinary Services, International Atomic Energy Agency and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, Senegal Institute for Agricutural Research;

‘Sri Lanka, reconciliation happens through respect for environment, healthy organic food and joined marketing opportunities’, Sri Lanka - Oxfam Italia, Rainforest Rescue International, Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano, Department of Presidency and Foreign Affairs, Office of Cabinet Affairs.

Priority 5:
‘Kiwicha (Amaranto) agriculture native to the human and social development as the only alternative to the battle against hunger in the region Salta- Argentina’, Argentina -Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Solidarity and cooperation CIPSI - Coordination of Popular Initiatives for International Solidarity, Argentine Agrarian Federation;

‘Malawian women as agents of change for nutritional and agricultural development’, Malawi - Save the Children Italy, Save the Children Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Opportunity International Bank of Malawi.


For more information on the Best Practices competition results, the evaluation process or the evaluators, click here.  


List of winners

Download the list of the 18 selected Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security

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