Conference Theme: "The Philippine Food and Nutrition Security Agenda: Setting Strategic Directions and Actions"
Venue: Metro Manila area (specific venue to be announced)
Date: 12-13 October 2015
Food and nutrition security is an overriding concern in the Philippines especially for a country with more than 100 million in population, poverty incidence of 28% and malnutrition rate of 15-24%. It is affected by increase in population rate, changing pattern of consumption, land productivity and climate change. Adding to the issues affecting food security are production, marketing and trade, food safety, food processing, farm mechanization, and other concerns.
In response to these challenges, the UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food Security (ISCFS) will hold the 1st National Conference on Food and Nutrition Security with the end view of addressing the current issues affecting food security and setting strategic agenda in research, development, and extension (RDE).
The National Conference aims to convene advocates and relevant stakeholders of food and security in the country. The Conference will:
- Present the current status of food production, food trade, food security information, nutrition security, RDE, governance, and policies in the Philippines;
- Discuss the prevailing issues, imperatives, and challenges including threats besetting food security in the Philippines;
- Define policies to enhance food and nutrition security in the country; and
- Develop collaborative RDE programs, policies, capacity building, and strategies to enhance food and nutrition security.
The conference is expected to produce useful information about the current and pressing issues and gaps in the food security situation in the country. Aside from the conference report, policy briefs, monographs and published journals on food and nutrition security will be produced.
The conference will convene wide range of key stakeholders all over the country. Participants will include the experts on agriculture and food security, academicians, SUCs, LGUs, NGOs, traders, farmers, and consumer groups.
Call for Papers
Researchers, scientists, policy makers, academicians and civil society are invited to submit a 250-word abstract to the conference secretariat. Abstracts that will be chosen will then be asked to present on the first day of the conference as well as submit a full paper that will be published in the conference proceedings.
Thematic areas for paper presentation: Methodologies for Assessing Food and Nutrition Security; Production Issues on Food Security; Marketing and Post-Harvest; Governance of Delivery Systems on Food and Nutrition Security; and Food Safety.
Deadline of submission: 28 August 2015