10-11 June 2019. While undernutrition persists, we are witnessing an unprecedented rise in obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases, including in low- and middle-income countries. What is wrong with our food systems? How will we feed a growing and urbanizing world population with natural resources that are limited and are being depleted?
FAO convened a 2-day symposium on The Future of Food, brought together academics, researchers, policymakers, representatives from civil society and private sector, parliamentarians and government agencies to discuss these questions (and many more) and to explore pathways to a sustainable future of food and healthy diets for all.
10 June 2019
Seminar on Microbiome discoveries
- A fascinating seminar presented by Rob Knight (see picture), Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, (USA)
“We need to preserve the microbiome diversity similar to what Crop Trust with seed banks to preserve the bio diversity”
|“There’s a causal relationship of
ultra-processed foods on
weight and NCDs.
We have to discuss about under researched
areas with potential impact
for low and middle income countries”.
- Keynote: Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
- Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO
- Rob Knight, Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA
- Carlos Monteiro (see picture), Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, University of São Paulo
- Sara Roversi, Founder, Future of Food Institute
- Grace Marquis, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University, Canada
|Chilean Senator @guidogirardi
“NCDs is the wrong term because these
diseases are definitely transmitted through
the food companies, advertising.
It is a violation of child rights.
We shouldn’t call these things food.”
11 June 2019
Panel 2: Governance of food systems
- Keynote: Senator Guido Girardi, author of the Chilean Nutritional Labelling and Advertising Law, Senate of the Republic of Chile
- Patrick Mink, Co-Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the One Planet (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme, Switzerland
- Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority
- Rickard Bjerselius, Head of Team Risk-Benefit Management And Environment, Swedish National Food Agency
- Visith Chavasit, Professor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand
- Stefano Prato, Managing Director and Editor, Society for International Development
|Marion Nestle:“Restricting commercial influences
on food policy would have a triple duty action
on obesity, undernutrition and climate change”
|Marion Nestle: “Elephant in the room is the food industry’s
influence on food choice. It’s invisible!”
trust in food and a desire for increased regulation. As people lose the connection with farmers, they lose the valuable relationships that offer a connection to their food. This session will explore how to build consumer confidence in food systems.
- Keynote: Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of “Food Politics”
- Tim Lobstein, Director of Policy, World Obesity Federation
- Simona Castaldi, Research Project Manager, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition
- Amos Laar, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana
- Justin Macmullan, Advocacy Director, Management Team Member, Consumers International
- Sharada Keats, Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
- Keynote: Farah Naja, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut Adherence to the Mediterranean Diet: from Analysis to Food Systems Intervention
- Plácido Plaza, Secretary General of CIHEAM
- Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General (video message)
- Gaetana Ferri, Director General for Food Hygiene, Safety and Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Italy
- Keynote: Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Director of Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, John Hopkins University, US
- Tom Arnold, Chair of Task Force on Rural Africa established by the European Commission
“On 7 March 2019, this task force presented its report with recommendations, grouped along four strategic areas for action”
The African Union – European Union agriculture ministerial conference of 21 June will discuss the recommendations to contribute to African job creation and to the development of its agricultural sector.
- Luigi Scordamaglia, Managing Director of INALCA and President of Filiera Italia
- Bela Gil, Chef, Author, TV show host and Food Activist
- Alison Cairns (see picture), Director, Food Systems Transformation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- David Salt, Professor of Genome Enabled Biology, University of Nottingham, UK
See also PAEPARD blogpost: Global-local knowledge systems for innovation and entrepreneurship
- Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland