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Event Recap: Food Security in a Changing Climate

Farmers cultivating rice in Myanmar.

By Jared Klassen

With this week’s headline-grabbing report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is clear that the consequences of a world just 1.5ºC warmer than pre-industrial levels could have a drastic impact on global food security.

After decades of progress made towards reducing global hunger, last year saw hunger levels increase for the third year in a row. Why is this happening? September’s release of the 2018 State of Food Security in the World confirmed that this upward trend was due to two key factors: conflict and climate change.

On October 9, Global Washington hosted a dialogue with a panel of experts and practitioners who are leading efforts around the world to improve food security and address climate change.

The panel included Chris Jochnick, CEO, Landesa; Chris Shore, Chief Development Officer, Economic Empowerment, World Vision USA; and Juan Echanove, Senior Director for Food and Nutrition Security, CARE. The dialogue was moderated by Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO, Panorama.

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By Arielle Dreher

World hunger is on the rise again, despite quantifiable efforts in the last decade to stem the increase of undernourished people worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that nearly 821 million people face chronic food deprivation today.

In Africa and South America specifically, hunger and food insecurity is getting worse, UN statistics show, due to conflicts, changing weather and economies slowing down, a recent UN report says. When people cannot access food, the chances of malnutrition heighten, too, compounding the problem. If this trajectory is not reversed, the world will not meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating hunger by 2030. Read More

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Patrick Sikana Joins VillageReach as Vice President

PRESS RELEASE (VillageReach)

October 17, 2018 – In October, Patrick Sikana joined VillageReach as vice president.

Patrick Sikana, VP VillageReach

Patrick Sikana, VP VillageReach

In this Africa-based role, Sikana is responsible for the strategy, oversight and growth of VillageReach’s portfolio of health care delivery solutions aimed at increasing access to quality health care at the last mile.

“I deeply believe in VillageReach’s mission, as I have personally experienced how a sharp focus on the last mile of the health care value chain can maximize the impact on an individual’s well-being and livelihood,” said Sikana. “I share the vision that people, policy, technology, innovation and partnerships are essential multipliers of scale and impact. I am pleased to be joining VillageReach to ensure that the work we do continues to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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