Together towards a Sustainable Community

Together towards a Sustainable Community

In celebration of AUB’s 150th anniversary, and with its slogan “Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, Healthy People,” AUB’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) held a two-day event under the theme “Together towards a Sustainable Community” on the 29th and 30th of September 2016.

A series of lectures, panel discussions, and activities were held over three stages hosted by the Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC) Department, the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU), and the Food Security Program, respectively under the titles “Nutrition and Food: Ongoing Journey for Better Health”; “Arab Women: Keepers of the Land”; and “Celebration of Food and Nutrition Security in the Middle East and North Africa”.

[...] The third event started on the second day with a lecture by Dr. Clemens Breisinger, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), who addressed agricultural production and trade in light of evolving supply and demand patterns in the MENA region.

A panel discussion followed on “Sustainable Diets for a Sustainable Future,” providing an overview of recent evidence on the intersection of food security, nutrition, and environmental sustainability.

The connection is clear: “Food security cannot exist without sustainable food systems,” stated Dr. Hamid Al Bilali, Researcher at the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies in Bari, Italy (CIHEAM-Bari).

Read the full article on the American University of Beirut web site.

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