FOOD IS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE.
FOOD IS THE FIRST COMMODITY
BEING A HIGHLY INTERDISCIPLINARY SECTOR,
FOOD IS THE PRIMARY FORM OF CULTURAL EXPRESSION,
FOOD JOINS PEOPLE, INDUSTRIES AND COUNTRIES.
FOOD PLAYERS ARE PIONEERS IN TAKING CARE OF SOMETHING MORE THAN PROFIT:
THEIR CHOICES CAN HAVE TREMENDOUS IMPACTS ON HUMAN HEALTH, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WORLD SUSTAINABILITY.

About

Food is a global language and a driver for global economic prosperity. Food is also a catalyst for change and food players are often pioneers that are responsible for more than just the bottom line; their choices can have tremendous impacts on human health and world sustainability. So how do we face the urgent issues of creating a more sustainable future of food while understanding technology’s role in closing the gaps in our food system? The key is knowledge and education, the cornerstone of innovation.

This is where we come in.

The Future Food Institute is an Italian-based non-profit with global horizons that aims to build a more equitable world through enlightening a world-class breed of innovators, boosting entrepreneurial potential and improving agri-food expertise and tradition.

Social Impact

CULTURE

We are holders of a unique heritage and have a responsibility to preserve it, maintain it, improve it and spread it. innovation must be grounded and rooted into a local history. future food institute aims to bring innovation, while keeping strong basis on our unique food heritage.

BUSINESS

The food industry is deeply changing, and we can imagine different scenarios. part of our mission is to be a beacon in paving the way for food innovators through the food world, in every direction, from product to process innovation, analyzing all the related impacts on local economic growth and job creation. the food industry is deeply changing, and there are we can imagine different scenarios.

COMMUNITY

To eat is a physical need and a great excuse to come together! who you eat with has always been important in the social lives of people all over the world. even what you eat has social implications. food and social interaction are deeply entwined in the human psyche, a fact which we tend to ignore in our daily lives. transformation is the key characteristic that makes food a highly challenging innovation field. ffi wants to be a guide through the food world, in every direction, from product to process innovation, analyzing all the related impacts on local economic growth and job creation.

ENVIRONMENT

A future of growth, both in good ways (more technology in the agricultural system, and attention towards health and diets) and in bad ways (exploitation of the soil, more health diseases connected to food consumption).
But also a future of collapse, considering how climate change is influencing crops’ growth or how many people in the world are still starving.

edu

When September 2016 – September 2017
Where ITALY, USA, CHINA
Language English
Partners FFI, IFTF, UNIMORE
The Food Innovation Program explores and identifies critical technologies for shaping agriculture, food distribution, retail and consumption as well as the dissemination and development of radical innovations in the food industry, keeping in line with the IFTF Seeds of Disruption Forecast Map.

When May , June 2016
Where Emilia Romagna, Italian Food Valley + Silicon and Napa Valley , California
Language Italian, English
Partners FFI, IFTF, UNIMORE
Food Innovation Executive Program is a 4-day intense workshop held at the Food Innovation Space in Bologna, plus an Executive Mission, (a 1 week Discovery tour set for the first week of June 2016, which will include the chance to discover the unique entrepreneurial culture and innovative approach of Silicon Valley.

When July 4-24, 2016
Where Messina, Sicily
Language English
Partners FFI, University of Messina
This Program is for those who are passionate about food culture and want to explore the skills, knowledge and history of the Mediterranean food experience and all that it has to offer. Explore Mediterranean methods, Arid culture, Enhancements in food waste, Cross pollination and cultural melting pots. As well as understand why the Mediterranean diet is an important UNESCO intangible heritage.

When Jan-Dec 2016
Where Global Future Food Hubs – HQ Emilia Romagna, Italian Food Valley

The FFI Fellowship Program is a yearly experience dedicated to a team of young visionary food innovators, thinkers and doers in the following areas of expertise: Food Makers and Digital Fabrications, Food Policies and access to Food, AgTech, Food Education, Health, Food Production, Taste and Social Innovation. The FFI Fellowship is a multifaceted experience aimed to empower its fellows to reach their full potential and achieve their goals in making positive impact on the broader community.

labs


Officucina Reggio is an exclusive kitchen hybrid maker space for food innovators that blends culinary tools with 3D printers, laser cutters, sensors, Arduino, and more, offering a unique and creative learning experience for students to develop their prototypes.
Food Lab Bologna hosts community events, kids labs, training and innovative prototyping and co-creation activities.


This state of the art kitchen maker space guests community events kids labs, training and innovative prototyping and co-creation activities that educate people of all ages about food in a practical, fun and engaging way, providing them with the hands on knowledge and skills that allow them to shape a healthy approach and appreciation for food.

HACK

  • 432
    Participants
  • 86
    Prototypes
  • 30
    International Partners
  • 24
    International Events Attendee

More about our hackathon

Research

The FFI Fellowship Program offers dynamic young visionary food innovators, thinkers and doers the chance to put their knowledge to action. In particular, our FFI Fellows are experts and advocates in Food Makers and Digital Fabrications, Food Policies and access to Food, AgTech, Food Education, Health, Food Production, Taste and Social Innovation. Our FFI Fellows embody the Future Food Institute’s mission and navigate through the Food Ecosystem by understanding the logic and the innovations of its sectors (production, manufacturing, distribution, shopping, eating) and, above all, aspire to be positive change makers in their communities and the world through the power of food.