Right now, the Horn of Africa – Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti – is experiencing the worst food crisis in 60 years, with 13.3 million people in crisis and 250,000 people at imminent risk of starvation. Yet while drought may be an act of nature, famine is not.
Last month, more than 400,000 ONE members sent a resounding message signing our Hungry No More campaign petition urging G20 leaders to break the cycle of famine.
Now, on 15 and 16 December, the European Development Days are taking place in Warsaw, Poland. The European Development Days are Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation, every year attracting political leaders and world-renowned authorities on development.
This panel will bring together practitioners from the field and policy-makers in the EU to exchange experiences on responding to the Horn of Africa famine and discuss how to prevent another crisis on this scale. The speakers include Kristalina Gerogieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Fran Equiza, Oxfam GB’s regional director for the Horn, East and Central Africa, and Marc Breusers from Caritas Belgium.
Follow the debate live, here on ONE.org, on Friday 16 December at 11am CET (10 am GMT). Just check out the ONE blog on Friday for more information.
You can also submit a question in advance to the panel in the comments below or tweet it using the #EDDendfamine hashtag.
We will select two to three questions and put them to the moderator, Nazanine Moshiri, East Africa correspondent at AL Jazeera English, to ask the panellists.
I hope you’ll join me on Friday for what promises to be fascinating discussion!
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