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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

  •       Aid and Assistance in the Sahel: Challenges and Innovating New Approaches and Tools

Benoit Thiry, Country Director, WFP Niger

  •      How to address the complex aid environment of the Sahel? Challenges and the need for a “Resilience” Approach

Belgium Directorate, TBC

  •      Sahel and Civil Society: Position and role of Civil Society regarding innovative tools and approaches employed in the Sahel

Belgium NGO, TBC

  •   WFP’s  Purchase for Progress (P4P) and Cash& Voucher tools: bridging the gap between relief and recovery and expanding the partnership panorama

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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