Marrying technical progress and knowledge integration for better One Health outcomes in agrifood systems

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Center, FAO, Rome, Italy

Hybrid Event, 20/10/2022


This session is directed at people who are interested in seeing how One Health science and innovation can make a difference in the agrifood system transformation. Participants will be able to explore how we can integrate technical progress and, knowledge sharing through in-depth discussions with the One Health experts invited for the occasion.


  • To highlight the opportunities that arise for better "One Health" outcomes from latest developments in whole genome sequencing and genomics
  • To showcase how innovations in this area are changing access to genomic based information and solutions and discuss how national policies are important to capture the benefits of innovation.

Key-note speaker

Jean-Claude Manuguerra, Research Director, Environment and infectious risks, Institut Pasteur

Target audience

This session is directed at people who are interested in seeing how One Health science and innovation can make a difference in the agrifood transformation system. This event will explore how we can integrate technical progress and knowledge sharing. The session will be structured and moderated in such a way that makes it accessible to a broad, non-specialist audience.

Draft agenda



Keith Sumption
Chief, Joint Zoonotic Diseases and AMR Centre (CJWZ)
Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO)/ Leader Animal Health Programme (NSAH)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Keynote speech: Genomics and One Health surveillance

Jean-Claude Manuguerra
Research Director, Environment and infectious risks, Institut Pasteur
Paris, France

Panel with two thematic areas:
1. Technical progress and OH surveillance in agrifood systems

2. The Innovation environment - Increasing the pace of change and access to innovations at country level
Moderator: Sasha Koo Oshima, Deputy Director and Head of Water at the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)

 Scaling innovations to make them cost effective and implementable at country and regional level to drive productive sustainable agriculture while combatting climate changeItzik Mizrahi
Professor, Faculty of Life Sciences Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Be'er-Sheva, Israel


Technical developments for a better understanding of AMR and pathogens in the production system environment

Heike Schmitt
Professor, ‘Antibiotic resistance in the water cycle'
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Using genomic approaches to develop surveillance and interception systems based on detailed knowledge of emerging pathogens and their environmental interactions

Gerald Misinzo
OR Tambo Africa Research Chair for Viral Epidemics,
SACIDS Foundation for One Health,
Sokoine University of Agriculture,
Morogoro, Tanzania

Application of phylodynamics to help tackle viral diseases using a One Health approach. *

Oliver Pybus
Vice Principal for Research & Innovation, Royal Veterinary College London   
Professor of Evolution & Infectious Disease, University of Oxford 
London, UK


Knowledge sharing and use of innovation to serve the development and implementation of One Health public policies*

Adjaratou Diakhou Ndiaye
Permanent Secretary of One Health Platform in Senegal
Dakar, Senegal

 EU research initiatives the European Commission has on the implementation of the One health approach in the agrifood systems. 

Kerstin Rosenow
European Commission, DG AGRI, Head of Unit F2 Research and Innovation
Brussels, Belgium

 Anthropological perspectives on marrying technical progress and innovation

Salome Bukachi
Associate Professor, Institute of Anthropology, University of Nairobi 
Member, One Health High Level Expert Panel, OHHLEP  
Nairobi, Kenya  

Translating progress in genomics into measurable benefits – Reflections and Q&A session
Moderator: Keith Sumption (FAO)

 10:00-10:40  Discussion All
 10:40-10:45  Closure FAO Deputy Director General, 
Maria Helena Semedo


* To be confirmed


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