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NRC Webinar - Addressing Food Insecurity in Children: Lessons from Brazil

Nutrition Resource Centre

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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Brazil has been receiving international recognition for its ground-breaking and progressive FOME ZERO (ie. Zero Hunger) strategy for food security. Using an innovative multi-sectoral approach to address income and social inequality, food access, and a national school feeding program, the FOME Zero strategy has proven to be highly effective in rapidly reducing food insecurity, poverty, childhood malnutrition, and infant mortality across the nation. Furthermore, Brazil's new dietary guidelines have received praise for their sensible, food-based approach to addressing both nutrient deficiency and preventing the health consequences of excess weight. In this webinar, join Dr. Cecilia Rocha, Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, as she draws important insights from Brazil's experience for improving children food security and health in Ontario.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn about food security initiatives in Brazil
2. Discuss and reflect on what lessons from Brazil's experience can be applied to promoting food and nutrition security of children in Ontario

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Meet Our Presenter

Dr. Cecilia Rocha is Director of the School of Nutrition and Associate Researcher and past Director (2005-2010) of the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson. Her research interests are on assessing the social efficiency of food security initiatives and programs, the role of market failures in food insecurity, and the effectiveness of markets as policy tools. From 2004 to 2010, Rocha was the Director of the project Building Capacity in Food Security in Brazil, developed in partnership with the Reference Centre for Food and Nutrition Security in Rio de Janeiro, and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. She has authored some of the key papers on the innovative and pioneering policies and programs in food security in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and has been an invited speaker at many international meetings, such as the 2009 United Nations High Level Meeting on Food Security for All in Madrid, Spain, and the 2009 Parliamentary Meeting on the Occasion of the World Food Summit in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Rocha was an active member of the Toronto Food Policy Council from 2006 to 2011, and participated in the development of the Toronto Food Strategy (2009-2010). She has conducted research on food security conditions among immigrant populations in Toronto, and the manifestation of food sovereignty in an indigenous settlement in Brazil.



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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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 About NRC

The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) was established in 1999. The NRC’s objective is to be a leader in advancing public health in Ontario by supporting a broad range of professionals around issues related to healthy eating and nutrition. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of public health nutrition and health promotion professionals by:

·Facilitating collaboration and communication

·Providing policy development support

·Serving as a central hub for healthy eating and nutrition resources and tools

About OPHA

 The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is an organization of individuals and constituent associations from various sectors and disciplines that have an interest in improving the health of Ontarians. Founded in 1949, OPHA is a voluntary, charitable, non-profit association whose mission is to provide leadership on issues affecting the public’s health and to strengthen the impact of people who are active in the public and community health throughout Ontario.

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