Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit Side Event: Towards healthier and sustainable diets through research
A virtual presentation exploring inclusive approaches to improving diet diversity to build more resilient communities.
Date: Friday, 10 December 2021
Time: 15:00-16:30 (UTC+8)
Diversified farming and food systems have large potential to attract investment, but a truly transformative food system would ensure that these opportunities are equitably available to all stakeholders. Women comprise ~43% of agriculture’s workforce, and produce more than 50% of the world’s crops. However, most agricultural technologies, practices, and policies are geared towards males.
As part of the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit to achieve the global targets for health, food and resilience, IRRI, Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT organized a virtual Side Event on ‘Towards healthier and sustainable diets through research. In this side event, CGIAR’s partners, donor and multilateral agencies exchanged ideas on how populations can be empowered to access safe and nutritious foods.
WorldFish’s Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health and this year’s World Food Prize Laureate Shakuntala Thilsted led a presentation on ‘Diversifying diets and investments: improving livelihoods and nutrition through social inclusion.’ In particular, she will focus on Asian Mega Deltas in Southeast Asia as well as inclusive, equitable technologies, practices, and policies that can transform food systems to improve diet diversity, nations can build more resilient communities.
Together with the panel members, they discussed investments on Southeast Asian food systems and their role in developing research and innovations toward the improved nutritional needs in the region. It is, therefore, necessary that we partake in nutrition or agricultural livelihood interventions, and we apply a “gender equality and social inclusion lens” to ensure we are considering the effects on vulnerable members of society.