In the context of the United Nations (UN) Food System Summit, the summit secretariat has organized a side event called “UN Food Systems Summit Science Days.”

The event is entitled, “Protein for All: The Importance of Protein Quality in Equitable, Sustainable Food Systems,” and is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. CET on July 6.

Registrations for the session are now being accepted.

The session will cover how access to high-quality protein containing foods (HQPs) can help minimize or alleviate several severe health conditions, that a greater understanding of the foods can optimize consumption of HQPs, and the complementarity of all protein sources is imperative to adequately feed a growing global population.


Global protein experts will discuss the health implications of protein quality in the diet, as well as the challenges of providing adequate HQPs, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The speakers and their topics of discussion include:

  • Dr. Manuel Otero, director general, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Costa Rica – Opening Remarks: The Importance of High Quality Proteins, Particularly in LMICs
  • Dr. Paul Moughan, distinguished professor and Riddet Institute Fellow Laureate, New Zealand – Overview of Protein Quality and Why It is Important to Food Systems
  • Dr. Suzanne Hodgkinson, research leader, Riddet Institute, New Zealand – Measuring Protein Quality and Relative Quality of Different Staple Foods via the DIAAS Methodology
  • Dr. Kiran Bains, professor and head of Department of Food and Nutrition, Punjab Agricultural University, India – Amino Acid Deficiencies in Indian Meals and the Protein Intake of Women in India
  • Dr. Mitch Kanter, Global Dairy Platform, United States – Concluding remarks

The lead organizers of the event are IICA, Punjab Agricultural University, Global Dairy Platform and Riddet Institute. The supporting organizations are the International Dairy Federation, International Egg Commission, International Meat Secretariat, International Poultry Council and the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.