The FNRI successfully conducted the 40th Seminar Series on July 3-4, 2014 at the FNRI Building in Bicutan, Taguig City. The FSS adopted this year's Nutrition Month Theme, "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!"
Attending the gathering were 845 nutritionist-dietitians, nutrition action o cers, food industry professionals, barangay nutrition scholars, food technologists, local government health workers and students. In his message, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo mentioned the e orts by the DOST in giving warning and assisting in disaster rehabilitation. These e orts include improving the nutritional status of a ected communities in the regions a ected by natural and man- made calamities.
Director Margarita V. Sampang, Head of the Protective Services Bureau of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gave the keynote message on behalf of Secretary Dinky Soliman. Director Sampang discussed the initiatives the government has been doing in the recent calamities that struck the country. She also elaborated on its on-going rehabilitation, and prevention strategies to prepare for any untoward disaster event that may happen.
Last year's completed research studies of the Institute were also presented, either through oral presentation, poster or both. These researches were not directly about nutrition in emergencies but can be used as benchmark in targeting vulnerable groups when a disaster happens. These are in addition to the pool of literature on strategies for intervention or development of policies for prevention, response and rehabilitation related to emergencies.