Monday, 02 December 2013, 16:00– 18:00
Press room DR 08
FPS Foreign Affairs, 15 rue des Petits Carmes, Brussels, Belgium
Ending hunger and malnutrition are common priorities for WFP and the Belgian Development Cooperation.
Whilst some important strides have been made, 842 million people, roughly one in eight of the global population, still remain affected by chronic hunger and undernutrition. The good news is that hunger is entirely solvable. There is enough food in the world to feed everyone and no scientific breakthroughs are needed. Today’s knowledge, tools and policies, combined with political will, can solve the problem. The shift from a food aid approach to food assistance will play a crucial role in achieving the world we want by breaking the cycle of hunger and reducing risks to improve people’s resilience to the natural and man-made shocks that cause hunger.
This event aims at drawing attention to humanitarian and development actors in their efforts to rise to the challenge of delivering effective and efficient interventions with innovative new programming and tools, and in cultivating a deeper understanding of what it takes to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in addressing the core causes over the long term.
WFP and the Belgian Cooperation particularly invite parliamentarians, journalists and representatives of the civil society involved in promoting the link between humanitarian relief and development and recovery in the fight against hunger.
16:00 – 16:15 Opening remarks
Mr. Frank de Wispelaere, Director Thematic Directorate, DGD
16:15 – 16:30 WFP and the Shift from Food Aid to Food Assistance
Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director, WFP
16:30 – 17:50 Interactive Panel Discussion with introductions by
Benoit Thiry, Country Director, WFP Niger
Belgium Directorate, TBC
Belgium NGO, TBC
Sylvia Caruso, Deputy Country Director, Democratic Republic of Congo
Enrico Pausilli, Deputy Director, WFP office for EU and Belgium
Private Sector, Mastercard TBC
Question and Answer Session
The panel debate will be moderated by Frank DE WISPELAERE, Director Thematic Directorate, DGD
17:50 – 18:00 Conclusions
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