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Food Systems and Climate Security in East Africa 

When: 12 October 10:55-11:55

Format: Roundtable discussion

Venue: Breakout session

By June 2022, the number of acute food insecure people increased to 345 million in 82 countries, putting lives at risk as millions struggle to put food on the table. The resulting insecurities can cascade into multiple, wider security risks further undermining livelihoods and security. This global crisis is caused by the combined pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and global conflict and foreign policy decisions, with the greatest impacts felt in fragile and vulnerable contexts, such as East Africa. 

The nexus between food systems and climate security is one of the most urgent challenges of recent times and must be considered and addressed in the activities of multilateral actors, such as the World Food Programme (WFP). This round table, hosted by WFP, will explore the different entry points to address climate security risks in food systems and sustainable livelihoods.

Speakers:

  • Grazia Pacillo, Senior Scientist -Co-Lead CGIAR
  • Dr. Linda Ogallo, Climate Change Adaptation Expert, IGAD (tbc) 
  • Dr. Kwesi Sansculotte, Conflict and Access Advisor, WFP 

Moderated by: Sibi Lawson-Marriott, Regional Advisor, WFP