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Escaping Crisis and Conflict: Breaking the Hunger Cycle in the Sahel

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 09:00 - 10:30
APLU First Floor Conference Center
1307 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC

CARE, Oxfam America, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa invite you to:

Escaping Crisis and Conflict:
Breaking the Hunger Cycle in the Sahel

Peter McPherson, President
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Introductory Remarks:
Michele McNabb, President
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
Keynote Remarks:
Mamadou Goïta, Executive Secretary
ROPPA (Network of Farmers and Agricultural Producers Organizations of West Africa)
Mahamadou Issoufou, Executive Director
The Federation of Unions of Farmers' Groups in Niger
Panel Discussants:
Fiona Shanks, Team Leader for West and Southern Africa
USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
Gary Eilerts, Program Manager (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET)
Concluding Remarks:
Blake Selzer, CARE
Moderated By:
Eric Hazard, West Africa Campaign Manager
In the wake of failed rains and a poor harvest, communities across the Sahel region of West Africa are being pushed past the limits of their coping strategies and deeper into hunger and poverty. Estimates suggest up to fifteen million people in seven countries across the region - Niger, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mauritania and The Gambia - live in communities currently facing a food crisis. Compounding this crisis, conflict and a coup d’etat in Mali have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and further complicated humanitarian response.
Featured speakers from West Africa and the US government will provide insight and context to the crisis, weigh in on the most pressing areas of concern, and propose needed actions to respond to immediate needs while building pathways toward greater resilience and prosperity in the region.
A light breakfast will be served.