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We are living in unprecedented times, where war, climate change, water scarcity and social inequality have brought hunger to the headlines, reversing the trend of recent years. Protracted and recurrent food crises that mostly affect people living in rural communities are becoming the new norm. We need to revert this trend!

Over 100 million people are in food crisis and it will only get worse if current trends are not reversed. Scientific evidence and policy analyses identify three main clusters of drivers of food crises:

 

> Socio-economic factors: demographic change, urbanization, growing inequality, unequal access to resources, unhealthy eating habits.

> Environmental factors: climate change, soil degradation, over-exploitation of natural resources, water scarcity.

> Peace and security: armed conflict, good governance, rule of law.

On 2-3 April 2019, on the occasion of the Launch of the Global Report on Food Crises 2019, join the international community and civil society in their quest to find ways to work together better.

The event will gather all actors committed to address the root causes of food crises and establish strategic and political solutions. It will allow participants and members of the Global Network against Food Crises to critically assess both longstanding and emerging challenges and opportunities and confirm their engagement to working better together to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Because solutions exist.

Limited Audience Seats

+10 Speakers
5 sessions
+400 Participants
2 days event

Agenda

Resources

Tackling socio-economic challenges in building resilient agri-food systems

Environmental challenges in a changing climate - innovative approaches in farming and food systems

Conflict, insecurity and food crises

Data and analytics in preventing and responding to food crises and famine

Preventing food crises: towards a more structured and integrated governance system

Working better together for long term solutions

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How to get there


By plane
Brussels Airport is a speedy 17 minutes by train from the Central Station, stopping at the European Institutions on the way. At peak times, 6 trains run every hour and from the Central Station, which is only three minutes walk to SQUARE.


By public transport
The Central Station of Brussels is a short walk across the Mont-des-Arts public gardens. All main tram, bus, metro and train lines converge here, as well as the fast train from Brussels International Airport. Train routes to every part of Belgium run from the same station which includes the cities of Antwerp, Brugge, Charleroi, Gent, Mons and Liège.

 

 

 

 

Speakers

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José Graziano Da Silva

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation

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Luca Russo

Senior Food Crises Analyst and Strategic Adviser at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

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Adriana Dinu

Deputy Director, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

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Manuel Barange

Director Fisheries and Aquaculture, FAO

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Elizabeth Nsimadala

Eastern Africa Farmer Federation

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Pascal Martinez

Senior Climate Change Specialist, The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

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Thomas Magnusson

President, General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union (COGECA)

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Scott Weber

President, Interpeace

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Olli Ruohomäki

Senior Advisor, Ministry Foreign Affairs Finland

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Thomas Yanga

Special Advisor, African Risk Capacity (ARC)

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Henk-Jan Brinkman

Chief of Policy, Planning and Application, Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)

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Matthew Wyatt

Deputy Director and Head of the Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE) at the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

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Neven Mimica

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

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António Guterres

United Nations Secretary General

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Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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Arif Husain

Director, Chief Economist and Head of Food Security Analysis Service (VAM) at the World Food Programme (WFP)

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Nicolas Bricas

Département Environnements et Sociétés, Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Titulaire de la Chaire Unesco Alimentations du Monde

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Shenggen Fan

Director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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Fatma Ben Rejeb

Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO)

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Beth Dunford

USAID Director of Bureau for Food Security

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Christos Stylianides

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, EU

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David Beasley

Executive Director, WFP

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Rob Vos

Director of Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI

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Luc Christiaensen

Senior economist, World Bank

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Tom Arnold

Chair of Task Force Rural Africa, European Commission

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Lisandro Martin

Director for West and Central Africa at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

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Jean-Louis De Brouwer

Director , Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, EU ECHO

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Noël Marie Zagre

Regional Nutrition Adviser, UNICEF

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Fokko Wientjes

Vice-President Nutrition in Emerging Markets & Food Systems Transformation, DSM

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Alain Peeters

Secretary, Agroecology Europe

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Margarita Astralaga

Director of Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion, IFAD

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Carla Montesi

Director for DEVCO C, Planet and Prosperity, European Commission

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Pauline Chetcuti

Head humanitarian policy and advocacy, Action contre la Faim (ACF)

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Sheila Grudem

Deputy Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, WFP

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Hilal Elver

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

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George Okoth-Obbo

Assistant High-Commissioner, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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Jose Lopez

Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) Global Programme Manager, FAO

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Thierry Nègre

Head of the Food Security Group, JRC

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Issoufou Baoua

Senior Analyst, CILSS

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Fadel Ndiame

Vice President for Policy and State Capability, AGRA

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Dominique Burgeon

Director of Emergency and Rehabilitation Division and Strategic Programme Leader – Resilience, FAO

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Mario Arvelo

Chairperson, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

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Ibrahim Mayaki

Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency

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HRVP Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission

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Stefano Manservisi

EU Director General International Cooperation and Development

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Yves Daccord

Director General, ICRC

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Paul Winters

Vice President, IFAD

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Ute Klamert

WFP Assistant Executive Director

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Daniel Gustafson

FAO Deputy Director General