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Webinar: Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Building a Healthier Food Syste...

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Join the Global Alliance for the Future of Food for a webinar: Tuesday 12 December 2017, 8:00-9:00 am PST | 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST | 5:00-6:00 pm CET

Food is a cornerstone of good health. Yet food systems affect health through multiple, interconnected pathways, generating severe human and economic costs.

Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus – a report commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and written by IPES-Food (International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems) – provides a comprehensive overview of the health impacts of food systems, identifying the channels through which food systems affect human health, and how prevailing power relations and imperatives in food systems help to shape our understanding of the impacts they generate. The report asks why evidence gaps persist, why negative impacts are systematically reproduced, and why certain problems are not politically prioritized.

For anyone interested in the Food-Health Nexus, this webinar will feature Lead Author Cécilia Rocha who will share highlights of the report, showing how unhealthy work conditions, contamination of water, soil and air, contaminated foods, unhealthy diets, and food insecurity interact in interrelated, self-reinforcing, and complex ways. She will also highlight five leverage points that can be used to build healthier food systems. Three respondents will comment on the findings and recommendations and their implications, followed by a short Q&A. The discussion will focus on what action we can take collectively to accelerate a shift from a food system that often results in harm to a system based on health promotion and protection.

This webinar will provide participants with leading-edge research on the health impacts of food systems, insight from global thought leaders, and a deeper understanding of the systems-based solutions needed to move forward to address these complex issues.

Lead presenter:

Cécilia Rocha - IPES-Food member / Ryerson University
Cécilia Rocha is Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University (Toronto) and a leading authority on food and nutrition policies in Brazil, including the successful experiments in the municipality of Belo Horizonte. With a PhD in Economics, Cécilia previously held the post of Director of the Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada (2005-2010). Since the late 1990s, Cécilia has been following and analyzing the policies and programs for food and nutrition security in Belo Horizonte, Brazil -- one of the most successful municipalities to advance the cause of food and nutrition security. Cécilia has also been studying food and nutrition security policies at the national level in Brazil. She brings to the panel her impressions on what are some leverage points leading to successful policies. She has used the concept of “market failures” as the basis for the need for policy in transforming


Roberto Ciati - Scientific Relations & Sustainability Director of the ‎Barilla Group
Roberto Ciati has been with Barilla since 1986, including 20 years of R&D with different positions. Today, Mr. Ciati is responsible for the development and implementation of the Group's scientific and institutional policies, sharing sustainability processes, and involving extensive cooperation with institutions, stakeholders, and the scientific community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation, and a member of the regulatory and technical committees of several industry associations (AIDEPI – CAOBISCO) and scientific associations (Nutrition Foundation of Italy, International Life Sciences Institute). He holds a master’s degree in Food Chemistry and Technologies, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Parma.

Simon Poole - MBBS, DRCOG
Dr. Simon Poole is a Cambridge-based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator, and an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. He is a member of Council of the highly influential US-based True Health Initiative, the Public Health Medicine Committee, and the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association. Dr. Poole is a Council member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a founding member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and a member of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organisation. He is an international senior collaborator with the NNedPro Global Center for Nutrition and Health, and has previously been involved in teaching at the Cambridge University primary care department. Dr. Poole has published on the subject of nutrition and lifestyle and public health in scientific journals, including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He is the author of the award-winning book The Olive Oil Diet.

Olivia Yambi, Co-Chair, IPES-Food
Olivia Yambi is Co-Chair of IPES-Food. She is a Senior Consultant on Nutrition and Sustainable Development who served as UNICEF Country Representative in Kenya (2007-2012) and has held other senior roles in the UN system. She is a Tanzanian national with a PhD from Cornell University. She has extensive programming experience in nutrition, development and international cooperation, with programming and research work including a focus on infant and young child feeding, nutrition and HIV and AIDS, cash transfers for vulnerable children and households, and a human rights-based approach to programming. She has made contributions to the understanding of the relationship between nutrition status and mortality in children through her doctoral primary research. She has worked with UNICEF in several senior positions: including that of Country Representative in Kenya (2007-2012) and Laos (2003-2007); Regional Nutrition Advisor Eastern and Southern Africa Region (1997-2003); and Chief of Nutrition and Child Development in India (1992-1997). In 2002 she was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy Mission looking into humanitarian needs in Southern Africa resulting from a combination of drought and HIV and AIDS.

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