The speaker is Elliot M Berry MD, FRCP (Ministry of Health, Israel and the Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel).
We have developed a Global Nutrition Index to describe nutritional status with regard to the three dimensions of malnutrition – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency (hidden hunger) and obesity – all of which are problems of people with food insecurity and of low socio-economic status. In 2015, the United Nations described the seventeen sustainable development goals. We believe that FS involves nearly all of these goals to a greater or lesser extent.
The challenge ahead is to build and integrate food security on the sustainability agenda and vice versa. The final common pathway for all these efforts is for countries to develop their most appropriate Sustainable Food Systems. The Mediterranean diet pattern has the most scientific evidence for health benefits and also an excellent profile regarding environmental impact. The presentation will discuss the practical steps involved in building sustainable food systems, from production to consumption and involving all stakeholders along the value chain.
From a synthesis of this work he evolved the concept of the <Sociotype> to understand how people cope with life stress and chronic diseases in general, and food insecurity in particular. Berry has published over 270 articles and chapters in books. He has been a visiting scientist at MIT, a distinguished visiting scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge and a visiting Professor at Yale University.
Dr Berry has been a consultant for the WHO, the World Bank and the Serbian Government in Public Health and Nutrition. He was the Director of the Braun School of Public Health & Community Medicine (2003-6) and Head of the WHO Collaborating Center in Capacity Building in Public Health (2007-2013). He was a consultant at FAO, Rome (2013-4) where, following his development and publication of the Global Nutrition Index, he worked on indicators for food security and sustainability.
Berry has recently completed, as co-Editor-in-Chief, a three volume Encyclopaedia on Food Security and Sustainability (Elsevier) and he is currently Specialty Chief Editor for Nutrition and Environmental Sustainability as part of Frontiers in Nutrition. These responsibilities align well with membership of the United Nations Multistakeholder committee on Sustainable Food Systems, as part of the 10 year Framework Program.