World Affairs Council Charlotte:

Feeding the World Through Innovation

How Technology and the Corporate Sector Collaborate to Fight Global Hunger

Default text Necessity is the mother of invention. Nowhere is that truer than at the United Nations World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian organization on a mission to create a zero-hunger world. Innovation and technology has been fundamental to the U.N. World Food Programme’s operations and logistics for sixty years and a driving force behind its ability to feed and support more than 100 million people each year. In its early years, the U.N. World Food Programme introduced humanitarian airlifts, airdrops and vehicle leasing, email via radio connections and assistance distribution through e-vouchers. Today, it leverages technology including mobile, biometrics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and digital finance to empower and improve the lives of its beneficiaries. When faced with conflict, disaster or famine, every second and every mile can be the difference between life and death. Innovation is essential to enabling WFP to scale and respond quickly to emergencies so that it helps as many people as possible. Join us as we talk to experts and private-sector partners about the cutting-edge technology that the U.N. World Food Programme currently employs and the solutions currently under development at the Innovation Accelerator to resolve key humanitarian challenges. Generic Heading

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  • Bernhard Kowatsch, United Nations World Food Programme, Director of Innovation Accelerator
  • Gabriela Alvarado, United Nations World Food Programme, Chief of IT Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Dr. Tiffani Burt, Sealed Air Innovation and Sustainability, Executive Director of the Materials Lifecycle Team
  • Moderator: Jessie Hermann, Director of Programs and Community Outreach at the World Affairs Council of Charlotte