Concern UK is hosting a discussion that will bring together key voices to explore the devastating cycle of conflict and hunger. It will also examine questions raised by a report released earlier this year that investigates what is needed to break this vicious cycle, and how we - the international community - can reach those furthest behind.
After an encouraging downward trend, global hunger is on the rise again for the third year in a row. Around 821 million people - the equivalent to the populations of the EU and the US combined - are suffering from acute hunger. This increase is largely driven by conflict, with 10 out of the 13 major food crises in 2016 being conflict-driven. In fact, 60 per cent of the world’s hungry people live in conflict zones, and the UN estimates 80 per cent of its humanitarian funding needs are driven by conflict.
Tackling hunger in conflict zones and in fragile ecosystems is a huge challenge. However, it is one that we can, and must, rise to collectively if we are to achieve the ambitious goal that the international community has set itself to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030.
On hunger, we more or less know what we need to do to end it for good, assuming we can generate the political will and the resources. However, on conflict, the international systems and processes set up to deal with it are failing. The rightly ambitious aims to end global hunger, poverty and conflict set out in the Sustainable Development Goals will be a long way off target unless the scourge of conflict is also addressed.
Concern UK is hosting an event around World Food Day to bring together key voices and facilitate an open discussion around the challenges, and possible ways forwards, in breaking the cycle of hunger and conflict, and what more we can do collectively to address it.
You can watch this event live by tuning into our Twitter page @ConcernUK at 4pm Wednesday 17 October, or visiting here.
Full line up
Ambassador Adrian O’Neill, Irish Ambassador for Department of Foreign Affairs
Rose Caldwell, Executive Director Concern Worldwide UK
Chair: Fergal Keane, BBC Africa
Key note speaker: Mark Lowcock, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs
Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development
Sara Pantuliano, Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute
Abraham Bongassie Wanta, Sudan Country Director, Concern Worldwide
Caitriona Dowd, Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Concern Worldwide