Prof. Patrick Cortbaoui presents at Food as Medicine workshop at NDU Lebanon

Patrick Cortbaoui presents in front of his slides
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Published: 11 June 2024

Within its efforts to introduce and promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture in the educational sector, the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences (FNHS) and the Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon held an enriching workshop titled Food as Medicine. The informative event featured NDU President Father Bechara Khoury, FNHS Dean Dr. Jessy El Hayek, Major General Muhammad Al-Mustafa, President of the Food Safety Lebanese Commission Elie Awad, Representative of the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Salem Darwish, Representative of the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture Sylvana Gerges, Representative of the Director General of the Ministry of Economy and Trade Dr. Elie Bou Yazbeck, and Dr. Patrick Cortbaoui, Managing Director at the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security at McGill University. FNHS Chairperson Dr. Maya Abou Jaoude also moderated the event and introduced the guests to the highly anticipated workshop.

Professor Cortbaoui's intervention acknowledged the widespread issue of food insecurity, citing alarming statistics. He highlighted how food waste exacerbates the lack of food security and can hinder access to food. Throughout the conference, Dr. Cortbaoui presented data regarding hunger and food insecurity worldwide. Actively interacting with the audience, he discussed food supply monopolies, infrastructure, and health concerns. Prof. Cortbaoui also shared his personal endeavors in raising awareness about this pressing issue and contributing to the improvement of global food security.

Overall, this workshop provided attendees with useful insights concerning nutrition-sensitive agriculture and appropriate food security measures.

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