Biodiversity plays a crucial role in food security and human nutrition through its influence on world food production, as it ensures the sustainable productivity of soils and provides the genetic resources for all crops, livestock, and marine species harvested for food. Food is an important basic need which should be sustainably provided in the future for human health and wellness.
Agrobiodiversity within food system not only provides a wide and varied range of nutrient-rich foods and dietary components with important health properties, but also a resource that is locally available. It is the basis of dietary diversity and the preferred choice for nutrition and health. Furthermore, agrobiodiversity related to communities’ food culture, traditions and practices therefore it reinforces the cultural and social determinants of wise food choices by individuals which is fundamental to a good health of population.
There is growing concern about the health consequences of biodiversity loss and change. Biodiversity changes affect the functioning of life sustaining ecosystem.With the increasing population of the world in the future, the link between biodiversity, food security and sustainability to support health and well being need to be addressed, therefore it is important to conduct this international seminar.
- To improve awareness of the importance of biodiversity related to many aspects including food security, nutrition, health, climate change, and sustainable development.
- To communicate biodiversity conservation to a larger audience to enable biodiversity mainstreaming using traditional knowledge in food and health.
- To expand private-government- public-people partnership for biodiversity conservation related to food and health and to strengthen synergies among different sectors.
- To establish strategy and concept of agrobiodiversity development to improve food security and health.