Future of Food

Monday 10th June, 2019

All times listed are Rome, Italy time (GMT+2). Click on the link to access the webcast.

11:00 - 12:00: Morning Session of the Symposium 

  • Opening Remarks: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO
  • Speakers:
    Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
    Video message from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
    Sandy Thomas OBE, Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition 
    David J. Lane, President, Annenberg Foundation Trust
    Mario Arvelo Caamaño, Chairperson, Committee on World Food Security

12:30 - 13:30: Microbiome Research: What does this mean for the future of food and healthy diets?

  • A seminar presented by Rob Knight, Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, (USA)

14:00 - 17:10: Afternoon session of the Symposium

  • PANEL 1: Research, Knowledge Gaps and Needs for Sustainable Food Systems and Healthy Diets

    Chair: David Nabarro, 2018 World Food Prize Laureate, Curator Food Systems Dialogues, London
    Keynote speaker: Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University London
    Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO
    Rob Knight, Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, UCSD
    Carlos Monteiro, Professor of Nutrition and Public Healthy, University of São Paulo
    Sara Roversi, Founder, Future of Food Institute
    Grace Marquis, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University


Tuesday 11th June, 2019

9:00 - 13:30: Morning Session of the Symposium 

  • 9:00: Welcome statement by Máximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO

  • 9:05 - 11:10: PANEL 2: Governance of food systems for healthy diets

    Moderator: Paul Amuna, Subject Matter Expert in Research, Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar
    Keynote speaker: Guido Girardi, Senator of the Republic of Chile
    Patrick Mink, Co-Chair, Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the One Planet Sustainable Food Systems Programme, Switzerland
    Mariam Harib Sultan Al Yousuf, Executive Director, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority
    Rickard Bjerselius, Head of Team, Risk-Benefit Management and Environment, Swedish National Food Agency
    Visith Chavasit, Professor, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand
    Stefano Prato, Managing Director and Editor, Society for International Development
    Erik Wijkstrom, Counsellor Trade and Environment division, WTO

  • 11:30 - 13:30: PANEL 3: Building Consumer Confidence in Food Systems

    Moderator: Catherine Geissler, International Union of Nutritional Sciences, Secretary General, Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition, King's College London
    Keynote speaker: Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, NYU
    Tim Lobstein, Director of Policy, World Obesity Federation
    Simona Castaldi, Research Project Manager, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition
    Amos Laar, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana
    Justin Macmullan, Advocacy Director, Management Team Member, Consumers International
    Sharada Keats, Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

14:00 - 15:00: High Level Event on the Mediterranean Diet

  • Introduction: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO
    Opening Statements:
    Plácido Plaza, Secretary General, CIHEAM 
    Video message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO
    Gaetana Ferri, Director General of Food Hygiene, Safety and Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Italy 
    Keynote speaker: Farah Naja, Associate Professor, Human Epidemiology, American University of Beirut
    Concluding Remarks: Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships Division, FAO
    Moderator: Anna Lartey, Director, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO

15:00 - 17:25: Afternoon session of the Symposium

  • 15:00 - 17:15: PANEL 4: Transforming Food Systems: What does it take?

    Moderator: Patrick Webb, Alexander McFarlane Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
    Keynote speaker: Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor and Director of Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, Johns Hopkins University
    Tom Arnold, Chair, European Commission Task Force on Rural Africa 
    Luigi Scordamaglia, Managing Director, INALCA and CEO, Filiera Italia
    Bela Gil, Chef, Author, TV host and Food Activist
    Alison Cairns, Director, Food Systems Transformation, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    David Salt, Professor of Genome Enabled Biology, University of Nottingham
    Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland
  • 17:15: Closing Remarks: José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO