Feike Sijbesma of DSM: "Hidden hunger is a silent killer"
@james it's expensive to make and it's soft (can melt in hot places).
Renton to Sijbesma - you are in the business of making fat people thin and vice versa
Alex Renton, former Oxfam advocacy and media coordinator at Oxfam and now a freelance journalist - also welcomes the changes within the WFP's approach
Alex Renton - but these reforms should have come decades ago
Alex Renton - the FAO has done a very poor job on tackling the causes of hunger - 1 billion people still hungry
Alex Renton - I was in Malawi in May 2008, which was about to have its 2nd great harvest in a year but prices were collapsing - just around the corner was a school which has a partnership with WFP and USAID to feed hungry children - those children were going to be fed with maize and soya grown in America
Alex Renton - this is a classic example of bad food aid delivered with utterly the wrong motive - too often it's used as a tool by powerful governments like the US
Alex Renton - this is the back-story to the reforms of the WFP
Alex Renton - the WFP and FAO were used by the US govt for foreign policy objectives for 4 decades
Alex Renton - all this attention going into feeding has seen a enormous decline in the investment in agriculure
Renton - The problem with food aid makes countries dependant and addicted
"This is one of the lesser known global crimes of the twentieth century" - Alex Renton
Renton - Changes that have come to how aid agencies deal with food aid are necessary but have come very late..but need to be nurtured
Josette Sheeran, respoding to Alex Renton, says it is ineed time to focus on the poor farmer in developing world.
Alex Renton's final point: Why is WFP not looking at core problems of food supply in Haiti? The dumping of rice on the Haitian economy, for example, has been a disaster for the country. This is something WFP needs to stand up to if it's to really be an advocate for the poor and hungry
Josette Sheeran: FAO is focused on production end of agriculture, WFP's sole focus is on the hungry individual.
Sheeran - on tranformation of food aid - fact is billion people on earth hungry but without a ready solution...
Cash, vouchers, seeds, food itself - these are all the tools in WFP's toobox - we need to respond to each situation on its own merits - Josette Shearan
Josette Sheeran: WFP doing a lot of work to have a tool box that will always hold a range of solutions to hunger.
Simon Maxwell: We have to make emergencies less common, get countries to a position where they can handle emergencies themselves. WFP should be calling on donors to help it do that.
Josette Sheeran, talking to a student asking about youth outreach, I think your generation will be the one that ends hunger.
Feike Sijbesma: I think the media have a responsibility too to fight hunger
Feike Sijbesma: If you look to all the resources we have in the world collectively, we can solve hunger. Do we want to solve hunger? That is the question?
Question from floor: Media is expensive but education is not so why don't we educate our children and groom a generation very aware of these issues?
Alex Renton - we spent too much time today talking about the issues WFP faced in Somalia - this is nothing compared with the 1 billion hungry
Alex Renton: traditional media are losing money, you're not going to get more people out there reporting on hunger and similar issues.
Feike Sijbesma: high food price crisis on 2008 will surely come back, partly because of climate change. It will be harger to grow food in places where we want to grow it.