A Latin American perspective on food, health, and the environment October 30, 2015

EATx Cali

The EATxCali Forum brings together scientists and consumers from Latin America to talk about food, health, and nutrition. The EAT Initiative, CGIAR Consortium, and CIAT have organized this event based on their shared commitment to sustainable development.

About EATx Cali

More than half of the world’s population live in urban areas, and in Latin America, this share already exceeds 80%. Many urban people are poor and have limited access to healthy food at affordable prices. As a result, they suffer disproportionately from a double burden: on the one hand, hunger and under-nutrition, while on the other, obesity caused by unhealthy foods, which has given rise to an epidemic of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

At the same time, food systems are a major contributor to ecosystem degradation and greenhouse gas emissions but are also vulnerable to climate change, which threatens to reduce crop yields and disrupt entire food value chains.

There are solutions, however, that could help transform the livelihoods of the urban poor and protect the environment. Sustainable agricultural practices can provide more and better food at lower cost. Improving supply chains to reduce food waste and reversing land degradation can bring similar benefits.

Appropriate, evidenced-based national dietary guidelines send a strong policy signal to consumers and the food industry. To be effective, these and other interventions must be tailored to specific local contexts.

Making this happen requires a transformation of food systems, based on a clear policy agenda that unites stakeholders throughout the food value chain from farmers to urban consumers.

EATxCali aims to do just that. It brings together representatives from academic and government institutions, international agencies, businesses, and civil society to rebuild food systems, and ensure that consumers have access to healthy and more sustainably produced food.

The Program

EATx Cali

15:00

OPENING REMARKS

Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, Sudhvir Singh, Joe Tohme

Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, is the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Colombia. Sudvihr Sing, is the Director of Policy, EAT Initiative Joe Tohme is the Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area, CIAT.

15:30

THE GRAND CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING HEALTHY DIETS FOR 9 BILLION PEOPLE

Dr. Frank Rijsberman

Frank Rijsberman is the CEO, CGIAR.

15:50

THE NUTRITIONAL TRIPLE BURDEN:
LATIN AMERICA’S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS

Barry Popkin

Barry Popkin, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, USA.

16:10

BRAZIL’S DIETARY GUIDELINES:
A MODEL FOR THE REGION?

Carlos Monteiro

Carlos Monteiro, is Professor at the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

16:30

Break

17:00

IS AN ARCTIC SEED VAULT KEY TO NUTRITION IN LATIN AMERICA?

Joe Tohme

Joe Tohme, is Director at Agrobiodiversity Research Area, CIAT.

17:20

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN FARM AND FORK:
A ROLE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

Juan Lucas Restrepo

Juan Lucas Restrepo is the Executive Director, Corpoica.

17:40

PANEL—HEALTHY FOOD FROM HEALTHY LAND

Harold Alberto Suárez, Juan Camilo Restrepo, Luis Felipe Avella, Antonio José González, Carlos Alberto Yanguas

PANELISTS Harold Alberto Suárez, Secretary of Public Health in Cali. Juan Camilo Restrepo, Former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Luis Felipe Avella, CEO, Factoría Quinoa. Antonio José González, Manager of Mass Consumption, Harinera del Valle S.A. Carlos Alberto Yanguas, Owner and CEO of MiKocina Gastronomy Shop.

18:40

CLOSING REMARKS

Sudvhir Singh, Joe Tohme

19:00

COCKTAIL WITH SNACKS OF THE FUTURE

20:30

TRANSPORTATION TO CALI