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US Against Hunger

Join our next event "Behind the Frontlines: Hunger and the Confluence of Conflict and COVID-19" on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 12pm – 1pm EST

US Against Hunger Series

The US Against Hunger discussion series explores key drivers of hunger and food insecurity, including conflict, gender inequality, climate change and food waste. Each panel convenes high-profile thought leaders, experts, influencers and business leaders across sectors to examine these issues and what must be done to make a Zero Hunger world a reality.

Up Next: Hunger, Conflict & COVID-19

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 12pm – 1pm EST

Join us for Behind the Frontlines: Hunger and the Confluence of Conflict and COVID-19. This engaging discussion will explore the connection between hunger and conflict, with the added threat posed by COVID-19. We’ll examine the factors at play and take a behind-the-scenes look at the U.N. World Food Programme’s sophisticated operations. You’ll hear how more than 19,000 staff feed the most vulnerable people in the most challenging conflict zones, including the Sahel, Yemen and Syria. We’ll go behind the frontlines to explore the firsthand experiences of hunger, instability and those living on the brink, and what must be done to help them. We’ll show how the world is actually facing two intersecting pandemics – COVID-19 and extreme hunger – and the challenges and opportunities forecasted for these immense challenges in 2021.

Panelists include:

Valerie Guarnieri

Valerie Guarnieri is Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. She has 20 years of experience leading supply chain functions and providing supervision, strategic guidance and support for some of its largest and most complex operations.

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author. He has reported from six continents, covering topics such as the Tiananmen Square democracy movement and the genocide in Darfur, and is an advocate for human rights.

Rima Fakih

Rima Fakih fled conflict in Lebanon at the age of seven and became the first Arab and immigrant woman to be crowned Miss USA (2010). She is a champion of women’s rights, an avid philanthropist and Ambassador of the Children Cancer Center in Lebanon.

Barron Segar

Barron Segar is the President and CEO of WFP USA, working to support the U.N. World Food Programme. Previously, Barron served in the senior leadership team of UNICEF USA. He is also a founding and current Board Member of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Femi Oke

Moderated by Femi Oke

Femi Oke is an award-winning international journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of “Moderate The Panel.” Femi’s reporting has been recognized by the Economic Community of West African States, the African Communications Agency and InterAction. She has worked for BBC television and radio, Sky TV, CNN and U.S. public radio. As a professional moderator, Femi has presided over world class events including European Development Days and the historic Barbershop Conference at the United Nations Headquarters.

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US Against Hunger

“Never before has conflict and armed violence among different factions so impacted WFP’s ability to deliver food. The largest hunger crises are no longer the result of natural disasters. They are now the direct result of man-made conflicts. When roads are bombed, trucks carrying flour and lentils can’t get through. When air strips are destroyed, planes carrying cooking oil can’t land. And when fighting continues day and night, hungry people can’t venture out to seek food, farmers can’t work their fields, and food markets stop functioning.” – David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

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