Official Dialogue Feedback to the United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit
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China is a multi-ethnic country with 56 nationalities. Due to the special geographical, natural, and cultural background, many ethnic minorities have their own traditional food and medicine in the long-term harmonious coexistence with nature; and are not well-known by the outside world. However, due to the acceleration of modernization and urbanization, while China has made remarkable development, the traditional diet and medicine of many ethnic minorities are disappearing, especially among the young generation. Many of them do not know how to obtain food and medicinal materials from nature in the traditional way and even can’t speak their own national languages. These are the major losses of human dietary diversity, ecological diversity, and cultural diversity. According to research, improving dietary diversity can significantly improve nutritional status. Therefore, it is very necessary to document the traditional diet and medicine of ethnic minorities. This precious knowledge is likely to play a significant value and role one day in the future. For example, avocado and quinoa, two popular and considered healthy foods, originated from indigenous tribes in Peru. In addition, if more traditional foods can be recorded and discovered, it is likely to help mankind cope with natural disasters and food crises and increase people’s awareness of environmental protection.
对话流程(Agenda)：共120分钟 (120 mins in total)
Welcome words: the significance of traditional diet of ethnic minorities for the transformation of China’s food system; How to make a documentary about traditional food of ethnic minorities (10min)
Speaker: Mr. Jian Yi, founder of China Good Food Fund
Guest speech: why is it necessary to study traditional food and what is its international application (10min)
Speaker: Dr. Gina Kenndy, an employee of GAIN, seconded to USAID Advancing Nutrition as the Technical Director for Food Systems.
3. 中国的传统食物和少数民族营养现状概况 （5min）
演讲者：多伦多大学博士 对话发起人 王泽远
Overview of traditional food and nutrition of ethnic minorities in China (5min)
Speaker: Wang Zeyuan, convenor, a doctoral student at the University of Toronto
4. 中国的少数民族食物的检测和应用案例 (10min)
Detection and application cases of ethnic minority food in China (10min)
Speaker: Wang Qi, Professor of Kunming Medical University
5. 中国的膳食健康标准 介绍健康指南 (5min)
Introduction to Chinese dietary health standards and health guidelines (5min)
6. 少数民族分享地方特色食品 （三个少数民族案例共15min）
演讲者: 雀古拉 (哈萨克族); 纳扎开提（维吾尔族); 苏玉亩（布朗族）
Ethnic minorities share local indigenous foods (three ethnic minority cases, 15min in total)
Speaker: quegula (Kazak); Nazakati (Uygur); Su Yumu (Bulang)
Introduce the group discussion process and topics (5min)
Group discussion: three topics, 40min
分组讨论议题 Discussion Topics
Group 1: how to collect, record and develop the traditional diet of ethnic minorities?
Who is responsible? How to find it? How? What are the important elements? How to let everyone know about these foods? How to give play to the potential value of these foods? Is it considered to combine with art?
Group 2: how to combine minority food with commerce to achieve sustainable development？
How to commercialize mass production of traditional food? How to benefit? Culinary tourism?
Group 3: problems encountered in using traditional food?
How to get traditional food in the city? How to inherit knowledge about traditional food? Advantages and disadvantages of eating traditional food? How to overcome these problems?
1. Collect the characteristic food of ethnic minorities, as well as the medical function and cultural meaning behind it.
2. Gather more willing and capable people (preferably with biomedical background) to design healthy recipes according to Chinese dietary health standards and ethnic minority characteristic diets, and collect them into a book.
Participation method: please contact the convenor; please indicate the topic of this dialogue and the group discussion you want to participate in.
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