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The journey food takes from fields to the family table is complex. Join us Thursday, October 14, 2021 for insight into how healthy food systems are built and sustained, and the impact of food waste on hunger.


Thursday, October 14, 2021
12pm – 1pm ET

One third of all food produced (worth $1 trillion) is wasted. At the same time, millions of families around the world cannot access enough nutritious food, because they can’t afford it or because they are cut out of food systems by geography, politics or disruptions such as COVID. By rethinking our food systems, we can protect nature, tackle climate challenges and address people’s health and well-being, nutrition and food security. Growing famine risk and food insecurity underscore how urgently we need food systems to deliver to all.

Join us for a lively, interactive conversation on the Future of Hunger and Global Food Systems for an inside look into what can be done to transform food systems and help us achieve Zero Hunger.


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people could be fed if current food loss trends are reversed


hungry people worldwide reflects broken food systems


of the world’s food is lost or wasted each year

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The Future of Hunger and Global Food Systems


Dr. Agnes Kalibata

U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

In her role, Dr. Kalibata provides leadership, guidance and strategic direction toward the 2021 Food Systems Summit. She also serves as President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she leads the organization’s efforts with partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth. Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record globally as an agricultural scientist, policymaker and thought leader.

Volli Carucci

Director of Food Systems and Resilience, U.N. World Food Programme

With 29 years of experience with the U.N. focused on livelihood assets creation and resilience building, Mr. Carucci leads the Food Systems & Resilience Service of the Policy and Programme Division at World Food Programme Headquarters in Rome. He previously led the Resilience and Livelihoods Unit in the West and Central Africa Regional Bureau from 2016 to 2021. Mr. Carucci is an agronomist by training with expertise in natural resources management, soil conservation and water harvesting, particularly in dry lands and degraded ecosystems.

Chef Andrew Zimmern

Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. World Food Programme

An Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher, and Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. World Food Programme, Mr. Zimmern is one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise and other media, he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food.


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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What Is the US Against Hunger Discussion Series?

The US Against Hunger discussion series unpacks 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.

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Photo: WFP/Arete/Damilola Onafuwa No Woman Left Behind: The Future of Gender Inequity and Hunger

March 5, 2021

Our panel explored the state of gender equity in relationship to hunger, and how WFP and others are empowering women to establish successful food systems for all.

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Photo: WFP/Alice Rahmoun Behind the Frontlines: Hunger, Conflict & COVID-19

December 2, 2020

A Former Miss USA, New York Times columnist and WFP’s Assistant Executive Director shared their accounts of how global hunger is threatening the health and security of billions of people.

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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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