Transforming Food Systems: Effective policies to build a sustainable future

The global pandemic has had widespread impacts, accelerating our planetary climate crisis and deepening inequalities – including access to sufficient, healthy food. In a post-pandemic world, the need for sustainable, resilient and equitable food systems will be even more critical. And we’ll need to build them together.

On 20 October, to mark World Food Day 2021, CRC partner The George Institute for Global Health ran a GeorgeTalk webinar on this timely topic.

‘Transforming Food Systems: Effective policies to build a sustainable future’ featured three experts in food systems thinking: the UK’s Professor Corinna Hawkes; Delhi, India-based Dr Purnima Menon; and Sydney, Australia’s Associate Professor Alana Mann.

The hour-long discussion focused on strategic policies and practices that may help increase the equity, resilience and sustainability of our food systems – in Australia, India, the UK and beyond. The webinar concluded with a Q&A session.

View the recording below.

More about the speakers

Corinna Hawkes

Professor Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, UK, an entity devoted to shaping an effective food system through education, research and policy engagement. She’s spent 20 years with UN agencies, governments, universities and NGOs helping develop effective policies to improve diets and prevent malnutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases globally. Prof. Hawkes is a Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She blogs at The Better Food Journey.

Alana Mann

Assoc. Prof. Alana Mann is the Food Research Lead in the Sydney Environment Institute at The University of Sydney, and helms the FoodLab Sydney (ARC Linkage) food business incubator project in partnership with the City of Sydney. Her recent book, Food in a Changing Climate (2021) outlines a political agenda at the critical nexus of food security, global warming and public health.

Purnima Menon

Dr Purnima Menon is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI) in Delhi, and theme leader for South Asia Nutrition Programs in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. In India, Dr. Menon directs Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India (POSHAN), an initiative to support more use of evidence for nutrition in India.

For more information, visit the event listing.

Source: The George Institute for Global Health