Don't miss our next event: Hunger & the Climate Crisis
Join us for an inside look into how climate change is driving hunger, livestreamed here on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Register below.
of the world’s hungriest people live in disaster-prone climates
of all the world's farmable lands are now degraded
people are displaced annually due to climate disasters
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 12pm – 1pm ET
Climate change is a key driver of hunger around the world. It starves livestock, farms and families. Without immediate action, the number of people worldwide who need humanitarian assistance due to climate-related disasters could double by 2050. The United Nations World Food Programme, the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, works to strengthen vulnerable communities’ resilience to climate shocks. Climate Starves: Hunger & the Climate Crisis, will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s happening to the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Meet our speakers:
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo community, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim began advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental protection at the age of 16 when she founded the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad to introduce new income revenue activities for women.
Gernot Laganda is leading the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programs at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). He supports WFP Country Offices and the governments they serve to understand the effects of climate change on food security, and develop strategic measures to reduce climate risks in country programs.
Laura Melo has been the United Nations World Food Programme Representative in Guatemala since August 2018. Before her assignment in Guatemala, Laura Melo coordinated in the Latin American and Caribbean region the implementation of one of WFP’s most innovative initiatives known as Purchase for Progress.
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.
About the 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.
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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