Virtual Brussels Dialogue: “From reaction to prevention: anticipatory action against food crises.” High-Level Session. Composite photo, from left: QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO; Janez Lenarcic, European Commissioner for Crisis Management; David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP; Stanislav Rascan, acting Minister for Development Cooperation, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia; Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, OCHA. ©FAO

FAO WFP and EU discuss heading off food crises before they strike


Acting before disasters strike is more efficient and helps save both lives and money, officials from the United Nations food agencies and the European Union said during a virtual meeting today designed to boost the role of anticipatory action as an urgently needed solution to food crises.

The Brussels Dialogue - “From reaction to prevention: anticipatory action against food crises” – brought together the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid operations. The high-level session was followed by panel discussions featuring partners’ experience at field level and the sharing of lessons learned.

Building on the outcomes of the high level event on anticipatory action convened by the UN Secretary-General, and the UN Food Systems Summit, the initiative reiterates the engagement of the founding members of The Global Network Against Food Crises, an alliance of humanitarian and development actors who seek to tackle the root causes of food crises and promote sustainable solutions.

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