Information Needs for Food Crisis Risk Early Warning: The Role of the Food Security Portal

Co-Organized by IFPRI and Food Security Portal
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 09:30 am to 11:00 am (EST)
Persistent drivers of food insecurity and acute hunger—conflict, climate shocks, and environmental shocks—have been compounded in 2020 by the COVID-19-related health and socioeconomic upheaval and by the severe desert locust outbreaks in East Africa. The pandemic is expected to push as many as 132 million more people into chronic hunger in 2020, in addition to the 690 million who went hungry in 2019.

To navigate the increasingly complex, interlinked causes of food crises, governments and other stakeholders require timely, high-quality information to increase the resilience of food systems and cope with future crises. The EC-funded Food Security Portal (FSP), initiated in 2010 in response to lessons learned from the 2007–2008 world food crisis, seeks to improve governments’ ability to respond to and prevent food crises by bringing together policy-relevant tools and information in one place. The FSP is designed to pool timely, relevant, detailed and high-quality country-level information in a systematic way.

This policy dialogue will focus on data and information sharing and coordination for improving food security, with a focus on the role of the FSP in monitoring the drivers of food insecurity and food crises to inform policies. New tools and features of the FSP and the Africa South of the Sahara sub-portal have recently been added to the upgraded website.

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Opening remarks  
Conrad Rein, Policy Officer, European Commission, and Co-Chair, Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Panelists
Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, Akademiya2063

Arif Husain, Chief Economist, World Food Programme (WFP)

Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University
Introduction to the Upgraded Food Security Portal
Rob Vos, Division Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions, IFPRI  

Closing remarks
Philippe Thomas, Head of Sector, Food and Agricultural Systems, Crisis and Resilience, European Commission

Moderator
Teunis van Rheenen, Director of Business Development and External Relations & Acting Chief of Staff, IFPRI