The Future of Food, Nutrition, and Health: Conversation webinar

Rice harvest in the Philippines. Photo: Joaquin Bobot Go/ILO.

This webinar will examine the current global public health situation, but also envision the future of health in the post-coronavirus era, with the hope of advancing health policy discourse in the Philippines and globally. It is organized by the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial, through its new Planetary and Global Health Program.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of good population health – including food access and optimal nutrition. However, the reality in the Philippines and in various parts of the world is that many people, especially children, still do not have reliable access to nutritious high-quality food and therefore suffer from different forms of undernutrition.

Meanwhile, obesity and noncommunicable diseases continue to be on the rise, with the consumption of unhealthy food driving these pandemics. And as climate change and other types of environmental crises unfold, there is a growing discourse around transforming food systems to make them not just good for people’s health, but for the planet as well. What then is the future of food, nutrition, and health in the era of COVID-19 and beyond?

For this  webinar, leaders from various sectors will share their diagnosis as well as their prognosis of issues around food systems, nutrition, and public health in the country and across the world.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Corazon VC. Barba, Technical Adviser, Nutrition International-Zuellig Family Foundation Project and Professor Emeritus, Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, University of the Philippines Los Baños;
  • Rogelio Garcia, City Nutrition Action Officer, Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat and Region XII President, Nutrition Action Officer’s Association of the Philippines (NAOPA);
  • Dr. Ranjiha Puskur, Representative to India and Gender Research Program Leader, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Evidence Module lead for the CGIAR GENDER Platform;
  • Dr. Alessandro Demaio, Chief Executive Officer, VicHealth, Australia and former Chief Executive Officer, EAT, Norway, and;
  •  Louise Mabulo, Chef, Farmer, Entrepreneur and Founder, The Cacao Project and The Culinary Lounge.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Renzo Guinto, Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program of the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial.

The event is open to the public.

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