Pandemic Nutrition and Food Security Spotlight - Griffith News

A key group of health and nutrition professionals from Sri Lanka will participate in a six month nutrition and food security awards program run by Griffith University in collaboration with the Australian government and local university partners.

Dr. Thomas Davis, First Secretary for Development Cooperation for the Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, said the short course was an important step in the current climate.

“The pandemic is a major stress test for local and global food systems and supply chains,” he told participants in a recent preliminary workshop.

“This is a critical area for Sri Lanka for its economy and in terms of human development.”

Professor Sarah Todd, Vice President (Global) at Griffith University, said the university is committed to supporting capacity building across the Asia-Pacific region and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

“Short courses like this one are an important part of Griffith’s internationalization efforts,” she said.

The Multisectoral Approaches to Nutrition and Food Security course is offered by Griffith University International Business Development Department on know-how from. To fall back on Griffith health, Griffith Sciences, Griffith Business School, University of Peradeniya and Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka.

Participants include 23 emerging and middle management executives representing government, non-governmental and private sector organizations who are already responsible for formulating and implementing nutrition and food security.

Joshepkumar Thamilini

Joshepkumar Thamilini, nutritionist and manager of the Sri Lankan Diabetes Association’s education and awareness program, hopes to “gain the practical knowledge to reduce the effects of food insecurity and actively engage in advocacy activities to formulate policies in Sri Lanka” .

Joshepkumar and others will participate in a series of live interactive sessions (online) consisting of presentations, workshops and discussions along with mentoring from Griffith and Sri Lankan experts and an online symposium.

“Colleagues from across the university have responded to the challenges posed by ongoing travel restrictions,” said Professor Todd of efforts to bring the course online in the face of COVID-19.

“As I look forward to the day we can again welcome short course participants ashore, I am pleased that we can support the development of Sri Lanka’s health and nutrition professionals in this way.”

Interviews with relevant community and government stakeholders and filming of additional resources are added to the online learning material.

The six-month course, which runs through November, aims to develop an understanding of how an integrated multisectoral approach combined with gender-sensitive programming can improve food and nutrition security outcomes.

Important topics will be the development of cross-sectoral relationships / networks and appropriately equipped platforms to have a greater impact on better nutrition and food security.

In On November 11th, participants will meet online again to present their return to work plans for future implementation in their workplace.

The Australia awards Short Course for South Asia is funded by the Australian Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Australia Awards Short Course opportunities build valuable personal connections both within Australia and within the Indo-Pacific region, and enable entry-level and emerging business leaders to capitalize on Australian expertise and acquire valuable skills and knowledge.