NEWS AND EVENTS [Food & Health Seminar]

TIAL FOOD & HEALTH CONFERENCE/EXHIBITION 2014

Polo Park Mall, Enugu, Nigeria, December 16, 2014

Happiness = Food + Health – Disease

Please Note: The information contained here is a first announcement. Further details regarding Exhibition space/costs, Keynote Speakers, Conference programme, Payment/Banking Details, Hotels and other logistics will be available shortly. Please save the dates and watch out!

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Overview

Food and health are perhaps two of the most important, most fundamental necessities for human happiness. Considerations of the two are of age-old concern. In Nigeria, despite our rich orthodox and traditional knowledge about the links between food and health, there persists a public health emergency in terms of poor food habits/choices, poor food hygiene, very low environmental standards and poor product knowledge, etc. Poverty, widespread ignorance and the desire to appear ‘modern’ constrain most people’s ability to maintain a healthy food habit, to seek out and use health information. The issue of neglect of indigenous knowledge and loss of healthful varieties of flora and fauna is a very important one. The attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are threatened in some states due to the persistence of conditions that foster poor feeding, poor food and health choices among the population, etc.

The efforts of NAFDAC, Fed Min of Health, to regulate the sub-sector, although significant, fall far too short in relation to the size of the problems at hand, which call for input from all and sundry, and actions ranging from public awareness to policy, to enforcement, to public health, to product awareness, etc. Particularly, we direct attention to farm and nutrition policies and practice designed to encourage increased consumption of vegetables/fruits as well as local natural foods.

 

Nigeria’s efforts to integrate orthodox and traditional (herbal) medicines is still evolving. There is a palpable dearth of policy and information on the links between traditional and orthodox medical practice, and between food for nutrition and food for health. Public institutions/agencies etc need updated information for redefining their mandates. Healthcare providers need/looking for how to integrate and or supplement with alternatives.

On the other hand, researchers, practitioners and companies are interested in opportunities to expose their products and innovations profitably to a public that has become ever so hungry for new products that can guarantee then good health and perhaps fight some deadly persistent and emerging diseases, including the ebola virus. Bearing in mind the interest of consumers, we want to be sure what is present for health and wellness at out supermarkets and food retail outlets, and what innovations are ahead as well. Managers of the major outlets will have to tell us, and show us, at the exhibition pavilions, the newest products and brands and what benefits they promise.

In consideration of all the above issues, every year TIAL F & HCE brings together stakeholders in the full spectrum of the food and health value chain to discuss the state of the sector and exhibit emerging and available innovations, present their objectives, ideas, products/services with a view to popularize, inform, enlighten, educate, influence policy and practice, promote enterprise/growth and profit taking. Issues to be covered include diet and disease, integrative approaches to medicine, feeding of infants, pregnant women and children, nutritional health of vulnerable groups, social inequalities, poverty, food and health; food safety, chemical hazards in the food chain, food and nutrition insecurity, food security, policies for future, mechanisms to help public institutions set new agendas and more!

 

Objectives/Benefits

TIAL F & HCE has scientific, commercial and social components. It will bring together researchers, policy makers, industrial professionals, managers etc to share their experiences on new ideas and research results for innovation in sustainable food for health.

  1. Our goal is to provide stakeholders with an understanding of the central role food and nutrition play in health, healing, good living and happiness. While it is not an academic conference, it will provide latest audience-friendly information on critical aspects of the subject matter from major companies and institutions;
  2. Afford hundreds of small innovating health food-based entrepreneurs opportunity to be visible to local and international clientele, entrepreneurs, sponsors and financiers;
  3. bring to attention of the public new products and recipes (especially health and ecofriendly ones) formulated by small and medium operators;
  4. encourage development and preservation of indigenous recipes, food products, processes and innovations for possible evolution to health-enhancing products and practices;
  5. link participants in a network of business innovators and researchers;
  6. Link enterprises to companies and institutions in a network, that can produce research-based solution to their problems; and,
  7. Give Awards/certificates to high performing companies, institutions and entrepreneurs.

Process and Format

  1. Exhibition of products, innovations, posters/charts, processes, ideas, methods related to food and healthy living;
  2. Companies, institutions etc are given opportunity to make presentations/espouse on their objectives, policies, practices, products/services, outlooks/plans;
  3. Inspiring company/institutional/individual presentations and demonstrations on products, innovations, best practices, and forward-looking plans for clientele;
  4. Competitions/Awards for best exhibitors in several categories; and,
  5. Advertising spotlights.

Who Should Attend?

  1. The general public
  2. Regulators and policy makers (NAFDAC, SON, etc)
  3. International Organisations (WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, etc)
  4. Local and international food policy agencies and institutio
  5. Food Companies (NESTLE, etc)
  6. Food Supplement producers, vendors and retailers
  7. Health and safety professionals
  8. Hospitals
  9. Educational institutions
  10. Major supermarkets and food value chain stakeholders

 

FURTHER DETAILS

innovationacademy@gmail.com
cuzomaokoye@yahoo.com; boffyemmanuel@gmail.com
234-8036991587 | 234-8033085792