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In days of political uncertainty, we must not lose our bearings on what is now the most important issue for the country: a good recovery. And there is no recovery that does not go through food. For this I would like to deepen the guidelines of the Recovery Plan on this topic today.
With three strategic axes, six missions, sixteen components and forty-seven lines of intervention, the architecture of the version of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) was defined. We, in each of those categories, always read the word “FOOD”: the agri-food sector, technically included in mission two (green revolution and ecological transition) as (sustainable agriculture and circular economy), is actually transversal with respect to all commitments. “FOOD” is at the center of our life and of this plan, and it is essential that it continues to be like this because we cannot talk about recovery and resilience, if we do not talk about food and one of the most essential sectors – we are noticed especially during the pandemic -, especially for Italy, from an economic, social, cultural, environmental and relational point of view.
Let’s not forget it right now that the PNRR meets the Italian presidency of the G20 and the important international events that await us for pre COP26 and COP26. Let’s not forget that we are the country of food, recognized all over the world for the immense agri-food heritage that we are able to express, for culture, for biodiversity and because the headquarters of the United Nations FAO agencies reside in Rome. , IFAD and WFP that deal with humanitarian assistance, development, resilience, as well as knowledge and funding that concern food, agriculture, nutrition and rural development. All of this is already part of our DNA, we don’t have to invent others.
The strategic axes of the PNRR are digitalization, innovation, ecological transition and social inclusion. These axes will guide the next investments, the next interventions and finally the future of the next generations. The agri-food sector is the one that most of all needs to make an important leap in innovation in our country. Precision agriculture, internet of things applied to the agri-food chain, optimization, through technology, of the use of increasingly scarce natural resources, application of predictive models in the field, artificial intelligence, are just a few examples. Competitiveness and sustainability reverberate in unison when it comes to digitalization and innovation of agri-food systems, as well as when it comes to open innovation and the ecosystem of startups that are expressing great value in this sector in Italy.
This will also require significant investments in training, so that no one is left behind by this revolution which is already underway. It is this combination that leads to the concept of ecological transition, which represents the foundations of Italy (and the Planet) of the future. After all, we don’t have many alternatives. Either we choose this path or the ecosystems will implode in an over-heated and polluted planet that will create a devastating domino effect for human health and survival.
But environmental sustainability cannot be achieved without social sustainability. And it is thus that the third leg of the strategic axes of the PNRR speaks of social inclusion: inclusive growth, social and territorial cohesion, structural reduction of asymmetries and inequalities, between geographical areas and between people represents an essential premise for sustainable development and inequalities between urban and rural areas will now have to find have the opportunity to cease.
The priorities are therefore clear, they don’t always speak explicitly of food, but we see it as central. The huge investments allocated by the Plan for each of the missions will be a breath of fresh air for a country currently wounded and are also a clear direction towards which we must all push together, so that these wounds do not leave too deep scars. To do this, the recipe requires us to transform our approach to development models and in this transformation let us bring our identity. Because food is our passport to the future.
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