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World Food Program USA Speaker Series: Click Here for List of Experts

Presented by World Food Program USA

Coming in Early 2020! Stay tuned for the Grant Application Announcement through our newsletter mailing list.

The World Affairs Councils of America and the World Food Program USA (WFP USA) are dedicated to engaging the public and leading global voices to better understand the world, America’s international role, and the policy choices that impact our lives. This 2020 Engage America speaker series is dedicated to fostering deeper understand of issues and priorities of WFP USA, such as Climate Change & Hunger; Women & Hunger; and Hunger & Food Waste. These forums afford citizens and local community leaders the opportunity to engage with experts in these areas.

 

2020 Engage America: World Food Program Speaker Series

Suggested Speakers and Topics

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1. Corrine Fleischer, Syria Country Director, WFP

About: With nearly 12 million hungry people on the brink in Syria, Corrinne Fleischer will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topics:

  • Humanitarian Aid in the Face of Ongoing Civil War: How do you reach people in in the middle of war? When resources are limited, and there is no end to a war in sight, how do you make the decision about who receives food and who doesn’t?
  • Hunger and Displacement: The war in Syria has caused mass displacement, internally and across borders. How do you best reach people displaced from their homes by war?

 

2. Stephen Anderson, Yemen Country Director, WFP

About: With over 20 million hungry people on the brink in Yemen, Stephen Anderson will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topic:

  • Humanitarian Aid in the Face of Ongoing Civil War: What’s it like to lead WFP operations in the country deemed the world’s worst humanitarian crisis? How do you reach people in the middle of war? When resources are limited, and there is no end to a war in sight, how do you make the impossible decision of who receives food and who doesn’t?

 

3. Sarah Gordon-Gibson, Jordan Country Director, WFP

About: Jordan is home to the largest refugee camp for Syrian refugees. WFP provides food assistance to nearly 500,000 hungry refugees. Sarah Gordon-Gibson will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topics:

  • Hunger and Displacement: How is conflict driving displacement and hunger?
  • How Innovation Is Transforming Food Aid: What new technologies is WFP using to provide refugees in Jordan with both food and dignity?

 

4. Eddie Rowe, Zimbabwe Country Director, WFP

About: Zimbabwe is facing the worst hunger crisis in a decade. With 7.7 million – more than half the population – hungry, Eddie Rowe will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topic:

  • Climate and the Hunger Crisis: Recently, cyclones and erratic rains have devastated the country, virtually wiping out crops and farms. How is WFP helping the country rebuild and working to reduce the impact of extreme weather on food security in the future? How will humanitarian support have to evolve as these events become more and more common?

 

5. Pierre Honnorat, Haiti Country Director, WFP

About: With 1 in 3 Haitians – or 3.7 million people – hungry, Pierre Honnorat will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topics:

  • A Nation on the Brink: Disaster keeps pushing this already-struggling nation into deeper crisis. Now, political turmoil is threatening its stability again. What is the current state of hunger in this nation close to America’s shores? What is WFP doing – and what can we do as its neighbors – to help Haitians in urgent need?
  • Climate and the Hunger Crisis: How is climate change driving hunger in Haiti? How is WFP working to reduce its impact?

 

6. Matthew Hollingworth, South Sudan Country Director, WFP

About: With more than 6 million people in South Sudan going hungry, Matthew Hollingworth will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topic:

  • The Triple Threat of Climate Change, Conflict, and Hunger: How is civil war and extreme weather pushing this struggling nation into deeper crisis? How is WFP working in the country to combat not one, but two major threats to people’s food security and stability? What implications does this situation have not only the future of South Sudan, but for the entire region?

 

7. TBA WFP Dry Corridor Expert, WFP

About: The Dry Corridor is a region of South America that includes Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. Climate change and erratic rains have devastated the region in recent years, leaving more than 2 million people hungry.A WFP leader from the Dry Corridor will lead a discussion on the critical work being carried out on the ground there by the humanitarian community and what the future holds for the people’s survival.

Topic:

  • Climate, Hunger, and Migration: How is climate change in the Dry Corridor driving hunger and contributing to the current migration/border crisis?

 

8. Barron Segar, CEO, WFP USA

Topic:

  • The High Stakes of Child Hunger: Across the world, children are suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Some nations are losing an entire generation to hunger. What does childhood hunger look like? Where does it threaten children the most? And what’s at stake if we don’t act now to end it?

 

9. Chase Sova, Sr. Director of Public Policy, WFP; Phil Karsting, Vice President of Policy, WFP; Jessamyn Sarmiento, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, WFP

Topics:

  • America’s Involvement in Global Hunger Relief: How does global food security impact national security? What is America’s bipartisan legacy of humanitarian relief?
  • A Snapshot of Global Hunger in 2020: What are the four pillars of food security? What does hunger look like at home and abroad, and why can we care about both?
  • Global Trends in Hunger:
    • Youth Bulge: Sub Saharan’s population is booming. How will this impact hunger? How will we feed the projected 10 billion people on the planet by 2050?
    • Urbanization and refugee inflows: Cities are hunger’s next frontier. How will humanitarian support have to evolve to meet the changing need?

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