Alex de Waal on famine in DC

The Center for Strategic and international Studies hosted, “Four Famines: Fragility, Resilience, and the Role of International Development” on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

If you missed the event, you can access a video of the proceedings via CSIS. 

Speakers include:

Senator Todd Young (R-IN), U.S. Senate
Alex de Waal, Research Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University & Executive Director, World Peace Foundation
Corinne Graff, Senior Policy Scholar, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Eric Reading, Executive Vice President, Chemonics International
ModeratorKimberly Flowers,Director, Global Food Security Project


More than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria are facing famine conditions and possible starvation. It has been called the largest humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades. Of the $4.9 billion the United Nations desperately needs to respond to these crises, only $2.5 billion has been received. Meanwhile, the humanitarian disaster is deepening, largely due to escalating conflict in each of the four countries.

Humanitarian assistance and international development have different objectives and time horizons, but must work together to respond to the crisis at hand while also preventing the next one from occurring. What role does international development play in building long-term resilience? What are the linkages between conflict, fragility, and severe food insecurity? How can U.S. leadership and international development programming break the cycle of instability and famine?

Come hear from U.S. policy makers, technical experts, and thought leaders on how these crises have unfolded and what needs to be considered in the response. Reception to follow.

More information is available through CSIS.

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