Moving from crisis to empowerment The role of EU Food Facility in connecting people to markets


Debate and Photo Exhibition

Wednesday 25 January from 18:30 to 19:30

Followed by a photo exhibition and cocktail reception

With opening remarks from Christine van Nieuwenhuyse, Director Liaison Office, World Food Programme

Panel debate with:

·         Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security & Nutrition, DEVCO

·         Gay Mitchell, MEP & Rapporteur of the EU Food Facility

·         Volli Carucci, Programme Advisor, Prevention Recovery Unit, WFP

Moderated by Mario Sgarrella, Edelman The Centre


wfp-debateThe Centre, World Food Programme and the European Commission are pleased to invite you to debate with constituents, stakeholders and other policy-makers, the successes and lessons learned from the EU Food Facility and the role of the EU in ending food insecurity.

The 2007-2008 spike in food prices and the global financial and economic downturn pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. By the end of 2008, when the number of undernourished people neared one billion, the European Union launched the € 1 billion Food Facility. Some € 367 million where channeled through the FAO, IFAD and WFP to bridge the gap between short-term emergency needs and long-term development. By linking farmers to markets and financial services, assisting sustainable and profitable farming practices and creating new revenue streams, 22 million of the most vulnerable people in 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America were empowered to ending food insecurity.

At the debate we will also launch the Food Facility photo exhibition: photos, videos and stories present snapshots from a wide range of field experiences where the WFP has moved people from crisis to empowerment. We will also present the work of a number of children and youth from Brussels asked to express in their own way how hunger can be eradicated.

To register, please send an email with ‘Food facility’ in the subject field and stating clearly your name and organisation to [email protected]

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The event will take place at:

Edelman | The Centre

Avenue Marnix 22

B-1000 Brussels

Please note that this invitation is personal. As our room’s capacity is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


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