UN Habitat III Workshop

Members of the UB Food Lab attended Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. Food Lab members collaborated  with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to organize a training on food systems planning at Habitat III. A team of five from the Food Lab, including Dr. Raja, staff, graduate students, and a volunteer facilitated the training.  The mayor of Sucre, Bolivia, which has many innovative policies pertaining to food, opened the session, along with Cecilia Marocchino from FAO headquarters. Participation exceeded the anticipated number of attendees - about 75 individuals from across the globe attended the training. The training was simultaneously interpreted into Spanish, as many attendees were from South America.

Samina Raja, Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning; Alexandra Judelsohn Research Associate, Danielle Vazquez, Graduate Student, Jennifer Whittaker, Staff Associate, Hijab Khan, External Partner and Erin Sweeney, Graduate Assistant, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab