8th December 2014
Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo

Linking Agrobiodiversity and Dietary Diversity : the Sri Lankan Experience

Organized by Wayamba University of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Biodiversity for Food & Nutrition Project (BFN) - Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy and Department of Agriculture

The nutritional importance of the diverse foods available in our environment has been neglected as technological options focus on few staple foods to address global food security and hunger. Despite attempts made in reducing global hunger, there remains a formidable health challenge posed by obesity and other non-communicable diseases and nutrient deficiencies. Food based strategies are key to addressing global hunger and malnutrition, and maintaining biodiversity in the food systems is essential for ensuring food security, adequate nutrition and health. Re-introduction and effective utilization of biodiversity used in traditional and indigenous food systems into nutrition intervention strategies will maximise food security, better nutrition and health.

The symposium addresses the linkages among agriculture, biodiversity, nutrition, food consumption and food security. The symposium enables the local participants from multiple disciplines to widen their knowledge and to plan future research activities by sharing the experience with international and local speakers.

  • Registration: 8.00 – 8.30 am
  • Inauguration: 8.30 to 9.00 am
  • Keynote lecture: Nutrient biodiversity in rice and its health implications: Dr T Longvah, National Institute of Nutrition, India
Other Topics:
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity and sustainable use for improved human nutrition and wellbeing - Dr Danny Hunter, BFN Project
  • Agrobiodiversity in Sri Lanka - Prof Gamini Pushpakumara, University of Peradeniya
  • Linking biodiversity to supply chain through food processing - Dr KH Sarananda, Food Research Unit, Department of Agriculture
  • Panel Discussion: Exploring agrobiodiversity in Sri Lanka
  • Aquatic biodiversity and indigenous fish species in Sri Lanka - Dr Dileepa de Croos, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka / Ms R Shirantha, NARA
  • The FAO/INFOODS compositional database on Food Biodiversity for Sustainable Diets - Dr Ruth Charrondiere, Food & Agriculture Organization
  • Achieving nutritional needs of humans through dietary diversity: Sri Lanka perspective - Dr Renuka Silva, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
  • Multi-sectoral nutrition action plan in Sri Lanka: linking biodiversity, diet and health - Dr Lalith Chandradasa, National Nutrition Secretariat
  • Bringing biodiversity to the plate: country experience - Representatives from Kenya, Brazil, Turkey and Sri Lanka
  • Community based biodiversity management: a success story

Tentative programme of the Symposium

Abstract submission

Abstracts are called from following disciplines:

Deadline for abstract submission: 15th November 2014

Notification for authors: 20th November 2014

Instructions to authors for preparation of abstracts

Registration and Contact Details


Contact: Dr Renuka Silva, Symposium Secretariate, Department of Applied Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila 60170

Email: biodiversity.symposium@gmail.com / Tel: 031 2298120; 0718129805


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