The 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (published by the Food Security Information Network for the Global Network Against Food Crises) finds that at least 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity at crisis level or worse — up about 20 million from 2019. Africa is disproportionally affected, with close to 98 million people facing acute food insecurity last year. Other parts of the world are suffering too, with Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, and Haiti experiencing major conflict-related food crises.
This policy seminar focused on experiences and strategies that can both build food system resilience and help prevent conflict.
Introductory Remarks – Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI
Overview of 2021 Global Report on Food Crises
- Lavinia Antonaci, Technical Coordinator, Technical Support Unit of the Global Network Against Food Crises
- Domenica Sabella, Food Security Information Network Communications Officer, WFP
- Jim Barnhart, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau of Resilience and Food Security, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Giampiero Muci, Senior Policy Officer, Sustainable Agri-food Systems and Fisheries, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
- David Alpher, Conflict and Violence Prevention Integrator, Bureau for Conflict Prevention, USAID
- Tanya Boudreau, Deputy Chief Of Party, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)
- Clemens Breisinger, Senior Research Fellow and Middle East and North Africa team leader, IFPRI
- Dominique Burgeon, Director, FAO, Geneva
- Arif Husain, Chief Economist, World Food Programme
- Martien van Nieuwkoop, Global Director, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank