Resetting the Australian Table: Adding Value and Adding Health

Wednesday 19 August 2015 1.30 - 6.30pm

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Teacher’s College Assembly Hall


Understanding how Australia’s food systems can be nutrient-rich, cost-efficient & sustainable.

This event is hosted by the joint Charles Perkins Centre and Marie Bashir Institute (CPC/MBI) Project Node on “Food systems and nutrition: security, safety, quality” in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute Food, People, Planet Research Node, the Food Systems Innovations Network, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Crawford Fund.

Globally our modern food systems have delivered the double burden of under- and over-nutrition. The human and financial costs associated with this situation are staggering and place huge strain on national budgets that are already stretched. At the same time, support for agricultural research and development has declined markedly. Can health and agriculture come together to provide a cost-efficient solution to these challenges?

Nutrition-sensitive value chains are currently under discussion in the international development arena in relation to food security and human health. The approach provides a framework for a multidisciplinary discussion around all aspects of food and nutrition security from soils, food production wastage and market chains, to consumption, human physiology, culture and social justice.

The Symposium will review current global thinking on nutrition-sensitive value chains with the aim of defining options appropriate to the Australian context in support of improved human and environmental health. Download program.

The Q&A panel discussion will cover Global lessons for Australia in relation to our domestic food systems and our international aid program. Panel members:

  • Dr Brigitte Bagnol (France), Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Jonathan Rushton (UK), Professor of Animal Health Economics, Royal Veterinary College London
  • Professor Patrick Webb (USA), Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

1:30 – 5:00pm Symposium
5:30 – 6:30pm Q&A panel discussion with reception afterwards

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