World Food Programme, WFP

Rome To Host Meeting On Haitian Food Security

Nyhet   •   Feb 12, 2010 09:56 CET

On the one month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, WFP will host a high level meeting in Rome on Friday to discuss how UN agencies, donors and governments can support Haitian-led food security in the future. The event will be streamed live on wfp.org.

ROME - On the one month anniversary of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, WFP is hosting a high level meeting in Rome on Friday to discuss how to ensure the country’s population has stable access to food and nutrition in the future.

The meeting, convened by Haitian Agriculture Minister Joanas Gue, will focus on agricultural development, food security and nutrition – in the medium and long term.  It is part of the broad international mobilization to support the reconstruction of Haiti and represents the global kickoff of the agriculture pillar for the Haiti Redevelopment Plan.

Coordinating efforts

The three Rome-based UN agencies will play a key role in coordinating the efforts to achieve food security for Haiti. Jacques Diouf, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), and Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be key participants at the meeting.

Bilateral donors including the United States and Brazil will participate in this discussion addressing the role of donor participation in the planning and implementation process. The United States will be represented by Cheryl Mills, Counselor and Chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Brazil by Minister for Foreign Relations Milton Rondo, Coordinator-General of International Action in the Fight Against Hunger.

Other invited speakers include representatives from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the UN High-Level Task Force for the Global Food Crisis, the UN Haiti Special Envoy and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture.

The event will be held on Friday, February 12, 2010 from 2pm-5pm at WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy. For more details, see media advisory.