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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
17h00 - 18h30
Moyse Hall (Faculty of Arts)
853 Sherbrooke St. W.
"Government and other Obstacles to Food Security: A Tale of Leadership and Cooperation"
Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
08h00 - 20h00
Salle Prince Arthur, New Residence Hall
3625 Avenue du Parc
|08h30 - 09h00||
Morning: Special Keynote Address
Improved Food Security with Nutrition: Collective Solutions, Limitless Benefits
|09h00 - 10h30||
SESSION 1: Linkages between Agriculture and Nutrition in Fighting Food Insecurity and Hunger
The fight against malnutrition in all its forms – acute and chronic undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity- requires a multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach bringing together, among other disciplines, agriculture and nutrition with complementary interventions in public health and education. Improving agriculture to produce more and better food remains a fundamental challenge, but there is much more that needs to be done in eradicating malnutrition. While improving productivity of staple foods, greater attention needs to be paid to the production of nutrient-dense foods. Food supply chains can be enriched by increasing the availability and access to a larger variety of nutritious foods, which consumption needs to be promoted in a more intensive manner. This session will address the fundamental linkages that exist between agriculture and nutrition, as well as the existing evidence gaps in knowledge on how to improve the impact of agriculture-based interventions in the food security and nutrition status of vulnerable populations.
|10h30 - 10h45||Health break|
|10h45 - 12h15||
SESSION 2: Global Approaches in the Fight against Food Insecurity and Hunger
National and international agencies and institutions of diverse nature are developing and carrying out a broad variety of interventions aimed to improve the food security and nutrition status of vulnerable populations. Given the growing connections between countries within an increasingly globalized world, agencies working throughout the world face the challenge on how to address food insecurity taking into account learned lessons from different regions. In addition, a better understanding of the global food supply chain requires an approach that incorporates a global perspective of the international food system, from food producers working in one country to food consumers in another part of the planet. This session aims to discuss how international institutions and agencies address the challenges of a global scenario when fighting food insecurity and hunger among the poorest people in the world.
|12h15 - 13h30||Lunch
Sponsored by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
|13h00 - 13h30||
Afternoon: Special Keynote Address
Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Security: Threat or Opportunity?
|13h30 - 15h00||
SESSION 3: Future Generations and the Emerging Challenges on Food Insecurity and Hunger
The fight against food insecurity and hunger requires future professionals with a training that includes theoretical and practical aspects of the knowledge on food security across a wide diversity of disciplines. The new leadership in global food security will come from programs building professionals used to think, assess, analyze, and propose action while connecting multiple disciplines and incorporating the views and needs of different sectors. This session presents efforts and ideas by members of the future leadership, called to undertake the emerging challenges of food insecurity and hunger.
|15h00 - 15h15||Health break|
|15h15 - 16h45||
SESSION 4: Policies and Programs against Food Insecurity and Hunger
Governments and non-governmental institutions at national and international level are discussing and developing policies and programs to better address food insecurity and hunger. In addition, they are putting in place a large number of interventions of diverse magnitude that demonstrate the willingness of a wide range of actors to work on this issue. However, usually responses to food insecurity and hunger by different actors are disparate and sometimes incompatible, which might be due to the lack of a policy environment and structure that allows for clearer guidance, common goals, and coordination. This session will focus on how from a policy and programmatic perspective the challenges related to food insecurity can be addressed in a sustainable way, while helping people access enough foods of such a nutritional quality that allows them to meet their dietary requirements for a healthy and active life.
|16h45 - 17h00||
Announcement of poster presentation winners
|17h00 - 17h30
WRAP UP SESSION
Facilitator: Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, Director, McGill Institute for Global Food Security
Audia Barnett, Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture, Ottawa, ON
|17h30 - 19h30||
Poster Session (sponsored by Erin Hogg)