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Highlights from Davos

The World Food Programme puts Zero Hunger on the table at the World Economic Forum

Story by World Food Programme January 24th, 2017

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.

Film executive Richard Curtis, chef  Jamie Oliver, singer Shakira and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. Photo: WFP/Barry Pousman

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.

Chef Manal Al Alem from Jordan at the launch of the Healthy Not Hungry campaign.
Jamie Oliver and Shakira gather fireside to host a Facebook Live event launching the Healthy Not Hungry campaign. Photo: WFP/Barry Pousman
Jamie Oliver and Ertharin Cousin during the Facebook Live event. Photo: WFP/Jessica Andrews
Photo: MasterCard

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.

Photo: WFP/Barry Pousman
Photo: WFP/Barry Pousman
Chef Joan Roca from Spain, a Healthy Not Hungry partner chef. Photo: WFP/Barry Pousman

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.

School children enjoy the Healthy Not Hungry lunch in Burkina Faso. Photo: WFP/Simon Pierre Diouf
President Kuczynski addresses guests at the Lima Healthy Not Hungry dinner. Photo: WFP/Daniel Silva
Chef Filippo La Mantia with sone of his distinguished guests in Milan, Italy.  Photo: Marchio di Fabbrica

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.

CEO of Mastercard Ajay Banga (R) collects the Hunger Hero Award from WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. Photo: Mastercard

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.

The Global Impact Challenge is open to everyone. Photo: WFP/Photolibrary

Find out more about the Healthy Not Hungry campaign.

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