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The Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) announced last Friday that its Food Security Summit, slated for Nov. 26 and 27 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, will go ahead as planned — with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan acting as a sobering backdrop, according to an AIDF spokesperson. The summit will provide a key opportunity for discussions, networking and fundraising to promote concrete solutions for tackling food insecurity in Asia and the Pacific.
Typhoon Haiyan has devastated vast parts of the Philippines, leaving suffering and destruction in its wake. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world have mobilized staff and resources to offer support. Emergency food, water and medical supplies have begun to reach survivors, but many are still in need of urgent care.
In reaction to the typhoon and to force policy change, the Philippines’ Climate Change Commissioner Yeb Saño announced a hunger strike at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (known as COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, from Nov. 11-22.
AIDF staff note that Typhoon Haiyan will also put a renewed urgency on the AIDF Food Security Summit. Policy makers and sector leaders will meet to discuss effective measures for food security in Asia and the Pacific and will dedicate a special focus to disaster relief measures and how to ensure food security in the face of natural disasters.
Christopher Hoffman, emergency and post-crisis specialist at the International Organization for Migration, who will be speaking at the event, said, “The AIDF Food Security Summit is a great opportunity to bring together those that need to make the decisions with those that operate in the communities.”
Vinod Thomas, director general of independent evaluation at Asian Development Bank, and one of the keynote speakers at the AIDF summit said, “Climate change is often talked about as a long-term concern. However, its effects on agricultural productivity are already being felt and need to be addressed immediately. If climate change cannot be mitigated much more attention needs to be given to agricultural research and adaptation to ensure future productivity gains.”
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