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Press Release: On World Food Day, Food Security Experts Explore How to Prevent Future Crises by Linking Humanitarian Response with Development and Nutrition

14. October 2013

    On World Food Day, development organization World Vision and global advocacy network the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance will bring together a panel of experts to explore how we can prevent and mitigate future food crises by encouraging partnerships that link humanitarian response with longer-term development and nutrition solutions.

     

    The event Partnering for Sustainable Food Systems, Food Security and Nutrition on Wednesday 16 October at Palais des Nations in Geneva will feature experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, and the World Agroforestry Centre, as well as the private sector.

     

    “Too often those involved in development have early warning of impending food crises, but limited ability to respond; while those who respond are focused on addressing immediate needs and are not well placed to consider long term solutions,” says World Vision’s Geneva Director, Beris Gwynne. “The result is a succession of lost opportunities to prevent food crises and to transition successfully from emergency response to sustainable development outcomes.”

     

    “The science and technology needed to better address sustainable food security and nutrition exists", observes Peter Prove, Executive Director of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance. "The missing element is coordinated partnerships between those that respond to the realities and needs of smallholder farmers and food insecure communities from a rights-based perspective.”

     

    This event is supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC) and the Government of Malawi, and organized in collaboration and with the financial assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

     

    Note to Editors

     

    What: Partnering for Sustainable Food Systems, Food Security and Nutrition

    Where: Palais des Nations, Geneva (Building A, Room XII)

    When: Wednesday 16 October, 09:30-12.30

     

    For more information, contact Sara Speicher, sspeicher@e-alliance.ch


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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