Every year, the World Economic Forum hosts its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, bringing together government officials, business leaders, humanitarian organizations and high-level media to discuss pressing issues facing the world.
Through the generosity of our private-sector partners, the World Food Programme has had a presence at Davos for the past 13 years, providing the opportunity to advocate for Zero Hunger and to create lasting partnerships. Here’s a look at what happened this year.
On the occasion of Davos, the World Food Programme, Project Everyone and UNICEF launched Healthy Not Hungry, a year-long campaign to speed up progress on Sustainable Development Goals 2 - Zero Hunger, and 3 - Good Health and Well Being.
To launch the campaign, the World Food Programme teamed up with international celebrity chefs to throw a series of ‘Healthy Not Hungry’ dinners. The dinner in Davos was just one of thirteen held around the world from countries as diverse as Burkina Faso and Egypt, Japan and Peru.
In Burkina Faso, celebrity chef Christian Abegan cooked lunch for school children in Sahel's capital, Dori. At the dinner hosted in Lima by chef Gastón Acurio, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski spoke of his personal connection to WFP and the issues of anaemia and nutritional education in Peru.
Each year WFP presents its “Hunger Hero Award" to a partner who has made outstanding contributions towards Zero Hunger. This year the honour went to Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard, who accepted the award during WFP's annual dinner at Davos. Read an interview with Ajay Banga on receiving the award.
WFP and Singularity University used the occasion of the World Economic Forum to launch the Global Impact Challenge, an open call for bold ideas to ensure sustainable access to local and nutritious food in emergencies. Applicants are being asked to design innovative solutions that harness “exponential” technologies – those that double in power but halve their costs from one year to the next.
Find out more about the Healthy Not Hungry campaign.