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Thursday, October 18 • 7:00am - 8:00am
Breaking the Cycle of Hunger in the Sahel: Responding to Emergencies, Building Resilience and Promoting Livelihoods through Integration of Food Security Programs

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Sporadic rainfall, insufficient harvests, high food prices, and continuing conflict across the Sahel has increased food insecurity and malnutrition for over 18 million people in the region.  With food crises recurring multiple times over the past decade, communities’ ability to withstand shocks associated with the current crisis has been severely eroded.  Further, layers of complications associated with a growing refugee population, natural resource degradation and the threat of locusts destroying the upcoming harvest create a situation that isn’t easily ameliorated with one solution or approach.  In the Sahel, the problem of hunger is characterized by a complex web of factors that contributes to its persistence in the region. 

The challenge of responding to the current crisis while also preventing future crises requires a comprehensive, integrated approach. To break the cycle of crisis we need an approach that addresses the full spectrum of food security interventions that includes humanitarian response, reducing malnutrition, enhancing safety nets and building resilience as well as investments in agricultural development and market access. Moving beyond rhetoric, this panel hosted by World Food Program USA will explore how a comprehensive approach can make – and already has made - progress in the Sahel and other areas prone to recurring crisis. Our distinguished speakers will showcase effective partnerships across humanitarian and development divides to make lasting change in one of our world’s most vulnerable regions.

Richard Leach
- President and CEO, World Food Program USA
Roger Thurow - Senior Fellow, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Paul Weisenfeld - Assistant to the Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security 
Thomas Yanga - Regional Director for West Africa, United Nations World Food Programme

Please contact Alisha English at aenglish@wfpusa.org for additional information.

Thursday October 18, 2012 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Des Moines Room (3rd Floor) Downtown Des Moines Marriott