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Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing Practices, Political Economy, and Power Relations to Build Healthier Food Systems; Global Alliance for the Future of Food

December 12, 2017

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST

Food is a cornerstone of good health. Yet food systems affect health through multiple, interconnected pathways, generating severe human and economic costs.

Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus (  – a report commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, and written by IPES-Food (International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, – provides a comprehensive overview of the health impacts of food systems, identifying the channels through which food systems affect human health, and how prevailing power relations and imperatives in food systems help to shape our understanding of the impacts they generate. The report asks why evidence gaps persist, why negative impacts are systematically reproduced, and why certain problems are not politically prioritized.

For anyone interested in the Food-Health Nexus, this webinar will feature Lead Author Cécilia Rocha who will share highlights of the report, showing how unhealthy work conditions, contamination of water, soil and air, contaminated foods, unhealthy diets, and food insecurity interact in interrelated, self-reinforcing, and complex ways. She will also highlight five leverage points that can be used to build healthier food systems. Three respondents will comment on the findings and recommendations and their implications, followed by a short Q&A. The discussion will focus on what action we can take collectively to accelerate a shift from a food system that often results in harm to a system based on health promotion and protection.
This webinar will provide participants with leading-edge research on the health impacts of food systems, insight from global thought leaders, and a deeper understanding of the systems-based solutions needed to move forward to address these complex issues.
Lead Presenter

  • Cécilia Rocha, IPES-Food member / Ryerson University


  • Roberto Ciati, Scientific Relations & Sustainability Director of the Barilla Group
  • Simon Poole, MBBS, DRCOG
  • Olivia Yambi, Co-Chair, IPES-Food

Please register at Kindly register as soon as possible, as we have limited spaces left. (Many thanks to those who have already registered.)