IASC Briefing on Systemwide Efforts to Prevent Famine and Address Food Insecurity
Watch the recording of the full briefing here: IASC Briefing on Systemwide Efforts to Prevent Famine and Address Food Insecurity
Acute hunger projections for 2021 are alarming. According to WFP and FAO estimates, 155 million people in 55 countries are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity. Approximately 133,000 people have already reached catastrophic levels of food insecurity and more than 34 million people around the world are facing emergency levels of acute food insecurity. Without urgent action, they risk falling into famine or famine-like conditions.
This briefing is an opportunity to highlight urgent action required to avert famine and response efforts already underway including through the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Prevention of Famine, and what more needs to be done to address food insecurity in humanitarian settings.
- Mr. Dominique Bourgeon, Director, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office with the United Nations Office in Geneva
- Mr. Gian Carlo Cirri, Deputy Director of Global Office, World Food Programme (WFP)
- Ms. Esther Watts, Country Director, Ethiopia, CARE
- Mr. Martien van Nieuwkoop, Global Director for the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank
- Ms. Mervat Shelbaya, Head, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) secretariat