From Stockholm Food Forum to the First Asia Pacific Food Forum
On June 12-13, 2017, in Stockholm, gathered over 500 academicians, scientists, politicians, and civil societies from 46 countries, believing that “Food Can Fix It”. It became the idea to solve interconnected challenges of climate, sustainable development and public health by implementing sustainable food system. Indonesia presented by its delegation; Diah Saminarsih, Special Adviser to Indonesian Minister of Health; Acep Somantri, Ministry of Health’s Foreign Partnership Bureau; dr. Rina Agustina, Food and Nutrition Scientist from University of Indonesia; and Anindita Sitepu, Programme Director of CISDI, joined the event with bringing regional update on the issue.

This event was made possible following the initiative of EAT Foundation, led by Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen. She invited all the delegates to work together in fixing the world’s problem by implementing sustainability in the global food system. She believed that sustainable food provides solutions to the world’s current challenges in health, climate and development which will also contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in 2030. She also later praised Indonesia’s effort to bring Food Forum as  regional interest that will drive the adjustment to the region’s food system.

To further expand this initiative, Indonesian Ministry of Health took initiative to bring the issue to regional scale by becoming the co-host of the first Asia Pacific Food Forum which will be held in Jakarta on October 30-31, 2017. Through this forum, approximately five hundred participants will meet in the country’s capital to share research, best practices and lessons learned to address the main food challenges in the region, including food security and changing climate, the effects of rapid urbanization on diets and the double burden of malnutrition. The Indonesian Ministry of Health and EAT Foundation will also collaborate with CISDI as the implementing partner as well as other ministries to invite regional governments, businessmen, civil societies, academic institutions and scientists to co-design the solutions to answer the existing challenge that the region face and find common solutions towards a common purpose: towards sustainable food system.

By : Arina Aisyal Hanny

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