The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology invited Assistant Secretary Azucena M. Dayanghirang , Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council to its 71st Annual Convention with the theme “ Accelerating Transformations for Sustainable Development Through Science , Technology and Innovation last August 9, 2022.
It was a Virtual Webinar Series , highlighted with the Talks from the distinguished Speakers – Dr. Eufemio Rasco , Jr. , the chair of Agricultural Sciences Divisions , NAST , who discussed about Impacts of human disruptions to Earth’s natural systems on human health , Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture who shared inputs on Improving Security by acceleration of agricultural innovations and capacity -building research and policy and Dr. Carlos Primero Gundran , project leader of DRRMH-H , DOST NICER-NIH who elaborated on Building Resilience Amidst Climate Change Challenges.
Asec. Dayanghirang’s tasked was to give her reaction pertaining to Dr. Glenn Gregorio’s presentation. She emphasized on the need to improve Food Security and Nutrition through improving Agriculture- which has always been a backbone of the food economy . She as well pointed out the irony that even our farmers after long day of farming activities , were left with limited food on their own tables . She further expressed support on the recommendations presented by Dr. Gorgonio on the following : Strengthening of the academe industry and government connectivity models which focuses on the need to harness and adapt changes brought by modern farming techniques and Pursuing integrative studies , assessing risk and uncertainties related to price volatilities and climate change-related hazards which may become a tool to provide robust information related to food accessibility . She also supports the 3rd policy recommendation on sustaining of the growing interest in agriculture and agri-entrepreneurship .
“ Agriculture has been and will always be an essential component of eradicating malnutrition and hunger and sustaining food security . With an access to affordable food commodities , we can ensure that nutrition will flourish across all age groups . Ikan ga nila , ang magtanim hindi biro . That is why we laud the efforts of scientists especially Dr. Glen B. Gregorio of extending hand to find ways on innovating agriculture to secure supply of food in our tables and in turn helping nutrition community ensure that food is accessible to everyone”, Asec. Dayanghirang concluded.