AVSI Ecuador, Strengthening local protection networks through food sovereignty programs
Yubari Valero is a renown humanitarian leader who currently holds the position of Country Representative in the international NGO, based in Italy, AVSI ECUADOR Foundation. From this position, she maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social development of the most vulnerable communities. She holds an MA degree in Social Economics from the National University of General Sarmiento in Argentina and a PhD in Development Economics from the Latin American Faculty of FLACSO-Ecuador, where she conducted research on “Alternative Food Marketing Systems”, providing valuable theoretical and methodological approaches from the perspective of the new institutional economics. With more than 14 years of experience, she has led local economic development and rural development projects, which together her solid background in strategic planning and ability to implement institutional management methodologies have generated significant impacts on the welfare of the communities she has served.
Session Organizer: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).
Session Description: Food systems around the world are impacting the natural resources that are key to food security. They are also accentuating issues pertaining to nutrition, demonstrating the need for healthier diets derived from more sustainable food sources. A range of issues, including climate change and the pandemic highlight the urgency of food system resilience in relation to sustainable development goals. This panel will bring academic, community and international organizations together to discuss urban food security and food sovereignty challenges and strategies to improve health and environmental outcomes in fairer and more equitable ways, with a focus on enhancing resilience of communities