Manoj Thibbotuwawa Speaks on Achieving Food and Nutrition Security by 2030

30 – 31 October 2019
Yangon, Myanmar

IPS Research Fellow and Head of Agricultural Policy Research, Manoj Thibbotuwawa, highlighted the importance of endorsing a multi sectoral approach to prevent the triple burden of malnutrition (undernutrition, overweight/obesity, and micronutrient deficiencies) which has become a critical concern for Sri Lanka.

He further noted that nutrition-specific interventions offered by the health sector cannot, in the long term, substitute for the broader nutritional benefits offered by healthy, balanced diets from a well-functioning food system.

Dr. Thibbotuwawa made these remarks at the ‘International Conference on Evolving Agrifood Systems in Asia: Achieving Food and Nutrition Security by 2030’, organised by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System for Asia (ReSAKSS-Asia) led by IFPRI and the Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID), held in Yangon on 30 – 31 October 2019.

The primary objective of the conference was to share knowledge and evidence to guide policymakers and other key actors in designing and implementing effective agrifood system policies to support healthier diets and optimal nutrition.