Gov. Suarez attends 2017 Asia and the Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition





Bangkok, Thailand - Crossing another extra mile, Gov. David C. Suarez was invited to be one of the resource speakers on the two-day “Asia and the Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition” held at Bangkok, Thailand, November 10-11, 2017.


Organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank, the event brought together more than 250 experts, policy-makers, academicians, civil society and the private sector from approximately 30 countries from Asia and the Pacific, North America and Europe where practical solutions and successful country experiences in implementing sustainable food systems was shared.  The symposium also explored policies and program options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges.


The said symposium aims to enhance agriculture and food systems’ visibility, create policy and program options, promotes sustainable diets and builds partnerships through transformational change in food systems toward sustainability, and their link to positive health and nutrition outcomes.


Gov. Suarez proudly shared one of the provinces’ acclaimed programs, the Quezon’s First 1000 Days of life or Q1K on the topic “Moving Forward the First 1000 Days Agenda: The Role of Local Government Units”. Along with the honorable governor, the symposium was also attended by Alona Partylist representative, Cong. Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez, Mr. Webster Letargo, the Quezon Provincial Chief of Staff, Mr. Roberto Gajo, the Provincial Agriculturist and Ms. Joeann Reyes, member of the Technical Working Group of the Q1K program.


A child’s first 1000 days critically impact development and health throughout life. Early nutritional deficits during this period can link to long-term impairment in growth and health. The Q1K program was concocted to address the gaps of low birth weight and malnutrition throughout the first two years of childhood. It is a holistic approach to development that ensures good nutrition along with better care and feeding practices, water and sanitation and education and social protection can give the province a stronger and healthier generation of Quezonians. (Quezon – PIO)