Symposium on Sustainable Food System & Diets – Implication and Relevance for Nutrition Security

Singapore, Singapore
2:30pm – 6:00pm
Orchid 4204, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands

This symposium is a sponsored session by ILSI SEA Region at the 5th International Rice Congress 2018.


Feeding a growing population while ensuring the food is nutritious has emerged as a major challenge faced by governments and health authorities of many developing countries.  It is recognized that agri-food production and supply systems need to be more productive and efficient, as well as sustainable with least environmental impact for the future.  Establishing key metrics and appropriate indicators to assess status such as resilience of the food system, nutrition adequacy, dietary quality, and diversity, will help to identify and fill gaps and measure progress towards attaining nutrition security.

This symposium will highlight challenges in sustainable food systems and nutrition security in Asia, discuss utilization of metrics for intervention, as well as the harnessing of innovation and new technologies. A panel will discuss and elucidate strategies to transform nutrition security challenges into opportunities for the future.


The program is available HERE

i) Nutrition Security – Dimensions and Challenges in Asia

Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner, Founder and CEO of ibn360 Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Presentation available here

ii) Food System Metrics and Indicators – Approaches & Application in Assessing Nutrition Security

Dr. Jessica Bogard, Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Nutrition Systems Scientist of CSIRO, Australia
Presentation available here

iii) Food Prices, Diet Quality & Nutrition Security in South Asia

Dr. Felipe Dizon, Economist of World Bank, U. S.
Presentation available here

iv) Harnessing Agricultural Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Food System & Nutrition Security

Prof. Paul Teng, Managing Director of National Institute of Educational International Pte. Ltd., NTU, Singapore
Presentation available here

v) The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) providing strategic opportunities towards Nutrition Security

Mr. Peter Sprang, Technical Coordinator of IRRI and SRP, Philippines
Presentation available here

Panel Discussion: Transforming Nutrition Security Challenges into Opportunities for The Future

The executive summary of this symposium is available HERE.