Special Event

Better Targeting Food Safety Investments in Low and Middle Income Countries

May 24, 2017 - 09:00 am to 06:00 pm CEST

Recent work by the WHO shows the health burden of foodborne disease is comparable to that of malaria, HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis. To further expose and explore the massively under-estimated burden of foodborne disease and its likely causes, the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will host a workshop on Better Targeting Food Safety Investments in Low and Middle Income Countries in Brussels, Belgium on May 24, 2017.

The event will provide updates on recent evidence on the burden of foodborne disease in low and middle income countries (LMICs) as well as a review of food safety interventions and opportunities to discuss promising solutions. The event program will focus first on the vastly underestimated burden of foodborne disease in LMICs and its likely causes. The program will then take a closer look at successes in and unintended consequences of small-scale food safety interventions and explore options for developing widespread solutions for foodborne disease in LMICs. 

                                                                                          AGENDA

9:00 - 9:30 am

Coffee and Registration

9:30 - 10:00 am

Opening Session

Roberto Ridolfi , Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, DG DEVCO, European Commission (EC)
John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
Jeff Waage, Chair of LCIRAH and Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

10:00 - 10:30 am

“Global Burden of Foodborne Disease”

Paul Torgerson, Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology, University of Zürich

10:30 - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm

“Why Foodborne Diseases Matter for Development”

Chair: Jeff Waage, Chair of LCIRAH and Professor, LSHTM
Presentations:
The agri-food system perspective -- Delia Grace, Program Leader (joint), Animal and Human Health, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Flagship Leader Food Safety, A4NH
The public health perspective -- Oliver Cumming, Assistant Professor, LSHTM
Commentators:
Lystra N. Antoine, CEO, Global Food Safety Partnership
Dieter Schillinger, Assistant Director General BioSciences, ILRI
Open Discussion

12:00 - 13:00 pm

Lunch

For questions, please contact Jenna Ferguson, j.ferguson@cgiar.org