Aligning the Food System to Meet Dietary Needs: Fruits and Vegetables

Friday, June 2 - Saturday, June 3, 2017

UC Davis Conference Center
550 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
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*This event is in-person

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About the Workshop

Please note that this conference will be held in Davis, CA and not be available online.

Join us in June for an engaging workshop discussing the role of fruits and vegetables to imrpove nutrition. The workshop is divided into three sessions looking at 1) Optimal Nutrition and the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables, 2) Improving the Availability of Fruits and Vegetables and, 3) Metrics to Evaluate and Improve Diet Quality. The objective of this workshop is provide recommendations for development strategies to improve the availability, affordability, and demand of fruits and vegetables.

We hope to have a wide array of attendees from academia, government, industry, and NGOs from the nutrition and agricultural communities. The program is designed to have speakers present within sessions and allow time in each session for an fruitful discussion, with space limited to 60 participants.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Registration and Light Breakfast



Amy Beaudreault
UC Davis
9:00 - 9:15am

Session 1: Optimal Nutrition and the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

Introduction to Session
Session Chair: Kathryn Dewey, UC Davis
9:15 - 9:50am

Supply, Demand and Nutritional Need
Timothy Sulser, IFPRI
9:20 - 9:50am

The Potential for Food Systems Approaches to Enhance Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Low- And Middle-income Countries
Andrew Jones, University of Michigan
9:50 - 10:20am

Producing Enough Fruits and Vegetables to Meet Dietary Recommendations in the United States
Zach Conrad, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
10:20 - 10:50am

Potential Impacts of Increasing Supply of Specific Food on Nutrient Adequacy
Joanne Arsenault, UC Davis
10:50 - 11:20am

11:20 - 11:40am

Facilitated Group Discussion
11:40 - 12:30pm

12:30 - 1:30pm

Session 2: Improving the Availability of Fruits and Vegetables

Introduction to Session
Session Chair: Emmy Simmons, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
1:30 - 1:35pm

Fresh Produce and the Diet Transformation in Africa: Challenges to Ensuring a Safe and Fresh Supply to Growing Urban Populations (virtual)
David Tschirley, Michigan State University
1:35 - 2:05pm

Artichoke to Ziziphus: Using Agrobiodiversity to Improve the Availability of Fruits and Vegetables
Gina Kennedy, Bioversity International
2:05 - 2:35pm

Improvements to Postharvest Management
Elizabeth Mitcham, UC Davis
2:35 - 3:05pm

Processing Strategies for Stabilization Perishable Produce and Formulation into Staple Foods
Mario Ferruzzi, North Carolina State University
3:05 - 3:35pm

3:35 - 3:50pm

Facilitated Group Discussion
3:50 - 4:45pm


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Light Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00am

Session 3: Metrics to Evaluate and Improve Diet Quality

Introduction to Session
Session Chair: Reina Engle-Stone, UC Davis
9:00 - 9:05am

Metrics to Evaluate and Improve Diet Quality: Defining and Measuring Diet Quality Worldwide and Generating Accessible Indicators for Affordable and Nutritious Diets
Anna Herforth, Columbia University
9:05 - 9:45am

Food Environment Metrics of Produce Desirability, Diversity, and Quality to Support Healthy Dietary Patterns
Selena Ahmed, Montana State University
9:45 - 10:15am

A New Metrics Toolbox to Assess the Cost and Geographic Distribution of Healthy Diets
Anju Aggarwal, University of Washington, Seattle
10:15 - 10:45am

10:45 - 11:00am

Facilitated Group Discussion
11:00 - 11:45am

Closing Remarks

Amy Beaudreault
UC Davis

12:00 - 1:00pm


The conference will begin Friday, June 2, at 9 a.m. at UC Davis' Conference Center (550 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616). The first day will focus on Sessions 1 & 2, with Saturday, June 3, focusing on Session 3. The conference is expected to end at approximately 12:30 on Saturday.

For those traveling to Davis, we reserved a special rate at the Hyatt Place UC Davis (use this link to register) located across from the conference center. If the link doesn't work, the room block at the discounted rate is full.

Parking: Gateway Parking Structure, $9/day (map)

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