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Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns: Biodiversity, Resilience and Food Security

On July 8th Emerging ag Inc, in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) hosted a Zoom webinar entitled Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns: Biodiversity, Resilience and Food Security.  

The session asked the questions around if agriculture and biodiversity can coexist and how food systems can best prepare for disasters. It provided a discussion on how natural disasters impact the environment and food systems. The session also explored how to increase food production for the growing global population while still being able to protect the environment and promoting biodiversity.

The webinar, which was held in the auspices of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF), boasted an impressive panel of five experts who were able to speak on various aspects of the issue at hand. The panel included:

The webinar was attended by over 200 people and had an additional audience watching through a live YouTube showing. It was an interactive session which began with a series of polls which the audience could take part in to further understand some of the context that would be talked about by the panel. Poll questions included the topics of biodiversity landscapes, sustainable foods and food waste. Those in attendance were also able to ask questions following each presentation and take part in a question and answer period at the end of the session.

Overall, the event was a huge success and provided some much needed and appreciated insight into the state of the world’s food systems and how adaptation to changing climate factors can affect the biodiversity of the food we eat, as well as the importance of biodiversity in our food systems.

Watch the full session 

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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