The Compounding Food Crisis: Root Causes and Solutions
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Two years ago, the appearance of Covid-19 sparked economic crises and supply chain disruptions that resulted in exacerbating increased hunger worldwide. Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing destruction of Ukraine’s ability to farm and farm and Russia’s disconnection from many global markets are compounding food shortages. Russia and Ukraine serve as two of the world’s major breadbaskets, accounting for nearly a quarter of the world’s wheat exports. Countries already at risk of food crises like Lebanon or Yemen are now worsening because of the conflict. The Global Network Against Food Crisis’s report recently reveals that around 193 million people in 53 countries or territories experienced acute food insecurity at crisis or worse levels. What are the root causes of the current food crises? How can the international community act to address the current crisis and prevent a future one?
Join us in a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 17 from 12 PM to 1 PM ET with Professor Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Dr. David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division and the Theme Leader on Macroeconomics and Trade for the International Food Policy Research Institute.
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Professor Alex de Waal
Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation, Research Professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and Professorial Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has worked on the Horn of Africa and on humanitarian issues since the 1980s as a researcher and practitioner. He initiated the UN Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa and was director of the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative and was a senior advisor to the African Union High Level Panel on Sudan and South Sudan. De Waal’s recent books include: The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power (Polity 2015), Mass Starvation: The history and future of famine (Polity 2018), and New Pandemics, Old Politics: 200 years of the war on disease and its alternatives (Polity 2021).
Dr. David Laborde Debucquet
Dr. David Laborde Debucquet joined the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, in 2007. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division and the Theme Leader on Macroeconomics and Trade for IFPRI. His research interests include globalization, international trade, measurement and modeling of protectionism, multilateral and regional trade liberalization as well as environmental issues (climate change, biofuels). Recently, he has been focusing on costing the roadmap to achieving SDG2 in a globalized context while considering the role of goods, capital, and migration flows. Beyond his work on databases in the field of international trade and farm policy monitoring, he has developed several partial and general equilibrium models applied to trade policy and environmental issues.
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