EATx Cali

EATx Cali, 30 October 2015

Published October 21, 2015

A Latin American perspective on food, health, and the environment, 30 October 2015, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Cali, Colombia.

The EAT Initiative, in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the CGIAR Consortium are convening a one-day event at CIAT headquarters in Palmira, Valle, to address emerging food-related challenges and solutions in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. The event will bring together Colombian government representatives, world-class researchers, international experts and regional and civil society representatives from Latin America.

The event seeks to formulate a concise agenda needed to achieve sustainable food systems, particularly focusing on healthier diets for low-income consumers in Latin America.

Today, half of the world’s people live in urban areas. In the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, this share has already reached more than 80 percent. The majority of today’s poor live in urban slums, and city living is a key driver of unhealthy diets, as people have greater access to unhealthy food choices at lower prices. The triple burden of malnutrition is resulting in a rising paradox: under-nutrition: deficits in vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients – while over-nutrition is caused by increased consumption of sugars, fats, and salt. These challenges are only expected to increase with trends in global population growth.

Yet there are solutions emerging, and responses must be tailored to the specific geographic, cultural and socio-economic context of Latin America. A transformation of awareness is needed; together with a concise agenda for change which unites stakeholders throughout the value chain.

EATxCali is the first EATx event in Latin America. Previous EATx events have taken place in New York and Abu Dhabi.

A summary of EATx Cali including videos of the speeches will be uploaded to the EAT website following the event. Se the full program here.

For further information, please contact eatxcali@cgiar.org