Academic Research


STAPLES STable food Access and Prices and Lower Exposure to Shocks

The project aims at informing private and public resilience strategies through new evidence-based knowledge on external stressors and shocks deriving from cereal global value chains on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and on the feasible local solutions to address them, with a specific focus on Morocco and Egypt.

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OTHER UNISG RESEARCHERS INVOLVED: Lorenzo Bairati, Andrea Pieroni, Gabriele Proglio

PARTNERSHIP: Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) Italy; Università di Scienze Gastronomiche (UNISG) Italy; Collegio Carlo Alberto (CCA) Italy; Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) Spain; Economic Research Forum (ERF) Egypt; University of Agadir (UIZ) Morocco; Delgado Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) Spain; Soc. Coop. Agroalimentare e Agroindustriale del BRADANO SPA (BRADANO) Italy; Agricultural Cooperative for land reclamation Al Madina (Al Madina) Egypt.

DURATION OF THE PROJECT:  36 months (May 2024 – April 2027)

FUNDING INSTRUMENT: PRIMA, Thematic Area 3-Agri-food value chain. Topic 1.3.1-2023 (RIA) Increasing resilience of agri-food supply chain (cereal) in the MENA region






The project contributes to increase the resilience of Mediterranean and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) food systems to the economic instability deriving from international food markets. Stability is a pillar of food security, which does not only require food to be available, accessible and well utilized but also that these conditions are stable and predictable, stressing the centrality of information. Policymakers have made big efforts to understand and track the main factors of risk for the domestic production of food. Instead, there is less understanding and systematized knowledge about which external shocks and stressors may derive from international markets.

The project specific objectives are:

  1. To generate a better understanding, targeted on governments and economic actors involved in the cereal value chain in the MENA region, of the external stressors and shocks that derive from Global Value Chains and threaten local cereal supply chain and food security.
  2. To develop innovative solutions and evidence-based recommendations for strategies, action plans and best practices that governments and economic actors of the MENA food systems along the cereal value chain can use to enhance the resilience of the systems and ensure food security.
  3. To improve preparedness to anticipate and cope with external stressors and shocks by integrating new knowledge and data from available platforms into a Decision Support System (DSS) to guide adoption of solutions, recommendations and practices identified by the project.