This event featured panellists Professor David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, distinguished fellow at Chatham House and former WHO assistant director-general for health security and environment; and Dr Victor Mbao, senior program specialist, International Development Research Centre. It was moderated by Professor Robyn Alders, Chatham House Global Health programme, and took place on Wednesday 21 July 2021.

Watch the recording here. Please note that unfortunately we experienced some technical difficulties in this discussion.

PANELLISTS' KEY MESSAGES
  • Food Systems and One Health are intricately connected. Impacts and challenges of one affects the other. They should be called One Health Food Systems.
  • The contribution of smallholder farmers will be critical in supporting sustainable and inclusive Food Systems.
  • The buck stops with each one of us. The critical role played by frontliners (farmers, policy makers, environmentalists, livestock and human health professionals) is clear but incremental gains through individuals’ actions will just be as important.
  • Food borne outbreaks are frequent and caused by known pathogen/food associations.
  • Standards for food safety are required and are developed by Codex Alimentarius through standardised risk assessment.
  • Countries require capacity to do their own risk assessment in order to develop guidelines and policies based on risk assessments provided by Codex.