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World Food Day: Challenge Accepted

By Dateline Staff on October 3, 2016 in University

presents a challenge that UC Davis gladly accepts: To put science to work to improve and increase the global food supply.

 World Food Day 2016 logo

Next week, you can see the winning videos and hear from a World Food Prize laureate in one of many World Food Day programs to be held on campus. Two events are being held off campus, sponsored by the UC Davis World Food Center, but you can still “attend” — via live streams (from the World Bank and the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium).

Campus programs include a talk by the director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s nutrition team, and three presentations revolving around UC Davis’ Feed the Future Innovation Labs.

Programs are scheduled before and after the actual World Food Day, Oct. 16, described as “a day of action against hunger,” held annually on the anniversary of the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, or FAO. 

World Food Day 2016 @ UC Davis

Douglas Cook, right, and Syed Gul Abbas Shah Sani, a Ph.D. scholar in Cook’s lab, are pictured at the Armstrong Field Station on the Davis campus, collect tissue for DNA extraction and genotyping of segregating populations of chickpea.

• — UC Davis plant pathology professor Douglas Cook, director of the , gives this lecture in celebration of the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses (pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family, including chickpeas, dry beans, dry peas and lentils). Lecture will be delivered at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. 9-10:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday, Oct. 5.

“Harnessing Agriculture for Improved Nutrition in Africa” Shawn Baker, director of the nutrition team, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the foundation’s efforts to ensure that women and children receive the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. Sponsored by the International Programs Office and the Program in International and Community Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and the World Food Center. 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Meeting Room D, . Free.

UC Davis Dining Services Fall 2016 Farm to Fork Dinner The menu will feature local foods, including produce from the Student Farm. Open to the public. For students with dining plans, the cost is one swipe of a meal card. Others: staff with ID, $11.80; staff with Aggie Cash, $10.62; children under 8, $7.38; and general $14.75 (prices include tax). 4:45-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, , and dining commons.

 Catherine Bertini

The World Food Center hosts Catherine Bertini, a World Food Prize laureate, to speak on her 10- years as head of the UN’s World Food Programme, and about the need to ensure the world’s neediest people receive not just enough food, but the right food. The program will open with the announcement of the winners of the World Food Day Video Challenge — and the screening of those videos. 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, multipurpose room, , UC Davis. Lecture will be live-streamed. Free.


 Chimney solar dryer.
Visitors to the Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center hear from Jim Thompson, UC Cooperative Extension emeritus specialist in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, about the UC Davis-designed chimney solar dryer.

Explore Horticulture InnovationsPresented by the (Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture) at UC Davis. Tour the low-cost, agricultural technologies that UC Davis researchers are using around the world. Edible plant giveaway to first 20 visitors. Guides from the Horticulture Innovation Lab will be available to discuss solar dryers, cool storage, postharvest handling, and vegetable plants from Africa and Asia. Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, . Free.

Student Farm Tour and HarvestPresented by the and the , featuring Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Campus and community members are all welcome to attend; maximum 25 people . 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1050 Extension Center Drive. Free. 

Bees and Climate Change The 2016-17 UC Davis Campus Community Book Project, featuring Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, invites you to tour the and learn more about “Bees and Climate Change” in celebration of World Food Day. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Free.

 Beth Mitcham

The World Food Center hosts this panel discussion on nutrition, and progress on food and nutrition security, during the (World Food Prize International Symposium), Des Moines, Iowa. Elizabeth Mitcham, postharvest biologist who is the director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, will be among the panelists, and Josette Lewis, associate director, UC Davis World Food Center, will be the moderator. Other panelists: Pietro Gennari, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization; Lawrence Haddad, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Food Policy Research Institute; Emily Hogue, U.S. Agency for International Development; and Marie Chantal Messier, Nestle. , 2:20-3:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Edible Campus Project and World Food Day Information SessionTour the and learn more about the in celebration of World Food Day. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in front of the . Free.

With five Feed the Future Innovation Labs, more than any other university, UC Davis is tackling issues ranging from chickpea and millet productivity to poultry, horticulture and asset management by small farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This seminar will feature the chief scientist for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and a panel discussion with the UC Davis program directors, along with a presentation on two of the innovation labs. Presented by the International Programs Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and sponsored by the , , and the . 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 17, 2207 . Free.

About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or [email protected] Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or [email protected]