Protecting our Planet’s Health: Growing Cities, Poor nutrition, What can be done?

Our current food system is failing to deliver sufficiently healthy and nutritious products to people, in particular to the most vulnerable populations. And this same food system is damaging the world’s biodiversity and natural resources. Urban nutrition has been underestimated for far too long and we now realize that the world cannot longer ignore this problem. The good news is that we have the power, the know-how and the means to change this and fix the global food system.

It is to discuss possible #UrbanNutrition solutions that GAIN, in partnership with the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, hosted an event titled ‘Protecting our Planet’s Health: Growing cities, Poor nutrition, What can be done?’ on Thursday, 10 November in Geneva. The purpose of this event was to discuss how we can improve the nutrition of vulnerable urban populations and to build upon the discussions from a recent Habitat III side event on Good Governance for Healthy and Sustainable Urban Food Systems.


Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in Geneva

Ambassador Dr. Reinout Vos

Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva

Katia Santos Dias

Country Director, Mozambique, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)