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Is A Food Crisis Brewing in the Sahel?

Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 09:00 - 12:30
Location:
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC
 
The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program, in Collaboration with USAID/FEWS NET, Present:
 

Is A Food Crisis Brewing in the Sahel?

 
While African nations and the donor community struggle to mitigate famine in the Horn of Africa, fears are growing that drought in the Sahel will trigger a similar food crisis in West Africa by the spring of 2012. However, experts have cautioned against misdiagnosing the food situation in the Sahel, for fear that excessive band-aid treatments of emergency food assistance will squander energy and scarce resources that would be better utilized in treating pockets of severe food insecurity and building resiliency in the region. With input from US and African experts on the Sahel, this event will explore the true nature of the emerging crisis in the Sahel and seek to identify effective responses, including regional trade and resilience-building through agricultural development.
 
AGENDA
 
Welcome
Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  
Panel I: Understanding the “Crisis” in the Sahel
Moderator: Michele McNabb, President, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
 
  • Gatorade and Plumpy’nut: Using Evidence to Inform Rational Resource Allocations in the SahelJohn Scicchitano, Program Manager, FEWS NET - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
  • Promoting Food Security through Regional Trade in the Sahel John Staatz, Michigan State University - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
  • Root Causes and Challenges Underlying the Chronic Crisis in the SahelDramane Coulibaly, Team Leader, European Union Technical Assistance, Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)
  • Cause for Concern: A Familiar Threat Reemerges in West AfricaEric Munoz, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam
 
Question & Answer
 
Panel II: Identifying Appropriate Responses to the Sahel Crisis
Moderator: John Sewell, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
 
  • The Role of Humanitarian Response in the SahelJacques Higgins, Deputy Director, US Relations Office, World Food Program - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
  • Building Resilience through Agricultural Development in Food Insecure Regions Ben Safari, Regional Technical Advisor, Commodities and Supply Chain Management, Catholic Relief Services
  • Connecting Food Security and Nutrition in the Sahel Meera Shekar, Lead Health Specialist, Africa Region Technical Health Unit, World Bank - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Integrating Humanitarian and Development ResponseGreg Gottlieb, Senior Deputy Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
 
Question & Answer
 
Concluding Remarks
Emmy Simmons, Board Member, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
 
 
A recording of the event will be available on the Wilson Center website.
 
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