7th Annual UGA Global Educational Forum:

April 02, 2013 | 8:00 am5:00 pm

2013 Theme: Obesity, Food Security, and Nutrition in Global Context

Education is a priority for…addressing the world’s challenges
- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (September 24, 2012)

The 2012 G8 Summit featured President Obama’s Keynote address on food security and nutrition, who informed of the critical need for the achievement of sustained and inclusive agricultural growth, highlighting the issue in a new alliance for food security and nutrition, which underscores the commitment to “achieving global food security” (http://www.state.gov/s/globalfoodsecurity/190282.htm; Guardian, 2012, 1).

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food acquired in a socially acceptable ways to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life” (World Summit, 1996).

Globalization of food production, coupled with advances in the technology of processing and preservation, has revolutionized what we eat and drink today. Global changes in food production and distribution, as well as in nutrition, affect human development across the lifespan. Natural disasters, political and cultural conflicts, technological changes, and the burden of policies that fail to address problems of food security and genetically modified foods influence the dietary needs and food choices of worldwide populations. Most vulnerable populations affected by issues of food insecurity and nutrition number about 900 million worldwide, with the majority being women and young children. The growing global issues of food insecurity and nutrition have prompted researchers and scholars to seek solutions. The 2013 Global Educational Forum brings together university-wide researchers and scholars to share state-of-the-art programmatic and research findings on food insecurity and nutrition in the global context.

Improving food security and nutrition is about more than just increasing the quantity of energy intake – it is also about improving the quality of food in terms of dietary diversity, variety, nutrient content and safety.
–Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2012. http://www.fao.org/publications/sofi/en/

Forum goals:
• Provide state-of-the-art research on food security and nutrition.
• Educate about excellent food choices and nutritional habits.
• Share evidence-based knowledge on physical activity promotion to reduce obesity.
• Communicate knowledge about food safety in production, distribution and consumption.
• Discuss food and nutrition policies responsive to the needs of human population across the life span.

Location

Tate Student Center Grand Hall A,B, & C