Date and time
Wed, 24 June 2020, 18:00 – 19:30 CEST
This session explores the effects of COVID-19 has on food systems worldwide and attempts to find solutions
About this event
COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of our food systems during a global crisis, both in the global north and the global south. In developed countries, processing centers are forced to open despite outbreaks within the plants, threatening the health and safety of workers and the integrity of food. Farmers are facing economic hardships requiring government assistance. Food shortages as elements of supply chains are halted. In the global south, partial port closures and quarantine regulations add to the continuing hunger crisis.
This session explores the effects of COVID-19 has on food systems worldwide and attempts to find solutions to these problems in hopes of anticipation of future global crises, including climate change.
Co-organized by ProVeg International, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Sustainability Health Education (SHE) Foundation, Loyola Marymount University, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and UN Environment Program (UNEP).
Raphael Podselver, ProVeg International
Dr. Cristina Tirado: LMU, SHE
Dr. Rose Mwebaza: UN Climate Technology Centre and Network, Director
Dr. Zitouni Ould Dada : FAO, Deputy Director Climate and Environment Division
Debra Boudreaux: Executive Vice President, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Dr. Filipo Dibari, Nutrition Adviser, World Food Programme
Rose Mwebaza, CTCN, Technologies for food security, Director and Advisory Board Secretary, Climate Technology Centre & Network.
Dr. Rose Mwebaza (PhD) is the Director of CTCN and brings 20 years’ experience providing policy advice on a wide range of climate change, environment and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank, and held leadership positions within the UN Development Programme. Dr. Mwebaza was a Lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, for 10 years, serving as the Head of Department for Commercial Law, and Deputy Dean of the Law School. Rose holds a PhD in Environment and Natural Resource Governance from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Law (With a Certificate of Academic Excellence) from the University of Florida, U.S.A and a Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B, Hons.) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. (8 min)
Dr. Zitouni Ould Dada is currently Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the FAO, Rome. Before joining the FAO, he worked as the Head of the Technology Unit at UNEP as well as for the British Government holding senior positions at DECC, DEFRA, FSA, EA and MAFF. He also worked for the French Government on international climate change.
Debra Boudreaux, Tzu Chi Foundation, Executive Vice President of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.
Debra Boudreaux is a senior volunteer with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. She has more than 30 years of experience working on major projects related to charity, medical care, education, and humanitarian aid. Debra was previously the CEO of Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. Debra has also led teams on international disaster relief missions around the world. Between 1993 and 2013, Debra has in fact led over 800 projects related to medical outreach. She leads Buddhist and Catholic interfaith dialogues and serves as a member of the UN Multi-Faith Advisory Council.
Dr. Filippo Dibari, World Food Program, Public Health Nutritionist and Food Technologist, working at World Food Programme as nutrition adviser in Ethiopia.