Francesca Allievi, President of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) YES Alumni Network, talks about the value of youth involvement in agriculture and creating a global network to make an impact on the food system.
Francesca Allievi is a food sustainability researcher, consultant, and the President of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) YES Alumni Network. In 2007, she got a Master of Science in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. Since 2008, she works and studies in Finland, where she has dealt first with indicators related to all aspects of sustainability, and then has focused on agro-food sustainability.
Since 2011, she is a PhD student at University of Turku, with a thesis on the impacts and future trends of meat and dairy products consumption.
In 2012, she was a finalist in the BCFN Young Earth Solutions competition, with an idea for an application of the Double Pyramid concept to food labels.
In 2013, she got a certificate in Permaculture Design and received the Judges’ Award in a competition organized by MIT’s Climate CoLab, with a project for a smartphone app to enable easier decisions for a sustainable diet.
Francesca believes in the value of food as a communication mean for a cultural and political message, necessary for a sustainable development of today’s society.