Good Food, Good Health: Delivering the benefits of food security in Australia and beyond

17 March 2014

A multidisciplinary response to complex global challenges

Food and nutrition security is one of the major challenges facing our global community. Our modern food system is causing worldwide ill health on two fronts with chronic shortages of nutritious food causing malnutrition on one hand, and excessive consumption leading to chronic obesity on the other.

In Australia 60 percent of adults and 25 percent of children are overweight or obese. In contrast, recent estimates suggest that as much of 11 percent of gross national product in Africa and Asia is lost annually as a result of malnutrition. In addition, food systems - especially those orientated to the production of food as a commodity rather than an essential contributor to a nutritious diet - are contributing to environmental degradation in our region, putting additional pressure on land, water and food security.

This collaborative event brought to you by the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, Marie Bashir Institute and Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, will showcase our multidisciplinary and practical response to this complex challenge in a day-long forum.

Speakers from a range of faculties and interdisciplinary centres, as well as experts from institutes around the world involved in food security, will tackle issues ranging from sustainable farming in Australia to aquaculture in Southeast Asia to associated human rights.

As well as providing a unique opportunity to engage with the latest research about food and nutrition security in Australia and neighbouring regions, this event will be an exceptional opportunity to interact with leading national and international experts on these issues.

Please download the event program here.

All participants must register here RSVP by Monday 10 March.

Time: 8.30am - 4.45pm

Location: MacLaurin Hall, Level 2, The Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus

Cost: FREE

Contact: Christine Aitken

Email: 002942223c56152c502f573625206d2939