Virtual Dialogue on ‘Building Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems in the Age of Pandemics’

3 December 2020

The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) organised a virtual dialogue on ‘Building Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems in the Age of Pandemics’ on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.The dialogue was supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). It was the first in a three-part series of dialogues on the ‘Agricultural Value Chain Linkages to Improved Food Systems in Sri Lanka’ ahead of the UN Food System Summit scheduled for September 2021 in Rome.

Mr. R. H. W. A. Kumarasiri, Director-General, Department of National Planning delivered the opening remarks on behalf of the government, and Ms. Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo, delivered the opening remarks on behalf of the UN. Dr. Tarek Kotb, Country Director (Sri Lanka and Nepal), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Ms. Brenda Barton, Representative and Country Director (Sri Lanka), World Food Programme (WFP); and Dr. Xuebing Sun, Representative for Sri Lanka and Maldives, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) also addressed the virtual dialogue, which saw the participation of 180 industry stakeholders. Kithmina Hewage, Research Economist, IPS moderated the Introductory Session.