Rome, Italy

Spring Course on Food and Nutrition Security

when 13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee USD 1100

Food security is not a new concept or phenomenon. Despite its long history, it still remains a major challenge. Climate change, conflicts, migration and new economic systems are compelling the global community to re-shape the entire food chain, from production to consumption. Aiming to reach the second SDG “Zero Hunger” within 2030, Member States and international organisations need to find a balance between economic development, environmental protection and food security.

While countering malnutrition and facilitating access to food, international and national institutions highlight the importance of controlling and monitoring the food supply chain. The globalisation of the food chain and its increased complexity urge governments to have the control on the large quantity and variety of food travels in the world.

With this consideration in mind, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with John Cabot University (JCU), is organizing the first edition of the Spring Course on Food and Nutrition Security, which will take place at JCU in Rome, Italy, from 13 to 17 May 2019.

The course will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of main determinants and issues connected to food and nutrition security, among which:

- The long path towards the multidimensional definition of food and nutrition security
- The UN strategy for Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” (SDGs)
- The four dimensions of food security
- The grounds of food and feed legislation
- Food industry and food crimes: counterfeiting and adulteration
- Food industry and food waste
- Climate Change impacts on Food Supply
- Migration and food shortage
- Access to food and conflict
- Food security in emergency: Food Aid
- New ideas for the future: blockchain for Zero Hunger

The Spring Course combines theory-based lectures with roundtable discussions, challenging case studies, and practical exercises. The faculty is composed of leading scholars and academics from JCU and other universities, as well as international legal experts from the United Nations system, international and non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

Course leader

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and John Cabot University

Target group

The course is designed for:
- University graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science and other relevant disciplines
- Young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of current food security issues.

Applications from students who expect to graduate at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year will also be considered.

Course aim

The course will bring young professionals up-to-date with programs and current challenges about food and nutrition security, also improving participants’ ability to address the issue in a comprehensive way. They will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognised experts, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from around the world.This intensive experience fosters intercultural dialogue and promotes a deeper understanding of two of the most salient issues faced by the international community.

For further information on application process, entry requirements, registration fees and certificate of participation, please visit the Spring Course web-pages or send a message to

Fee info

USD 1100: The standard registration fee is US Dollars 1100.

Registration fees do not cover additional expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation and VISA.
USD 1000: The registration fee for Early Bird applicants is 1,000 US Dollars. The deadline for Early Bird Applicants is 17 February 2019.

Registration fees do not cover additional expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation and VISA.


There is no scholarship or financial aid available for this program.