Mother feeding her severely malnourished daughter at a centre in Niger run by CONCERN and supported by WFP.
WFP is scaling up operations in the drought-hit West African country of Niger in the light of a shocking new government survey showing malnutrition rates among young children at emergency levels.
“We’re doubling the size of our operations and ramping up already significant interventions, to take even swifter action to protect these children,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran
Last week the Niger government’s annual child nutrition survey revealed that the global acute malnutrition rate for the whole country had reached 16.7 percent for children under five, compared to 12.3 percent in 2009. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers anything over 15 percent an emergency.
starting now...people coming in and taking seats...
first panel discussion: How to report on complex humanitarian disasters
Monique Villa, chief executive of Thomson Reuters Foundation, gives opening remarks
Monique Villa is introducing the Thomson Reuters Foundation's newest programme - TrustLaw www.trust.org/trustlaw
The new pro bono vehicle helps NGOs and social entrepreneurs access legal support around the world
Charles Vincent, director of WFP office in Geneva, gives opening remarks
Charles Vincent: we're facing record number of hungry people in the world - 1 billion - number of disasters increasing
"role of media in fighting hunger is critical - voice for poor"
Panellists ready to speak include Lyse Doucet of the BBC, Greg Barrow of WFP, Shaheen Chugatai of Oxfam and Tim Large of AlertNet ...
Charles Vincent is talking about the gap between the realities on the ground and sensational reports in the media - both tradtional and new media outlets such as blogs and Twitter
Charles Vincent is saying: "we applaud agencies like Thomson Reuters who use resources and money on reporting humanitarian stories"
Charles Vincent is talking about how new tools to fight hunger are more effective than ever - but WFP needs new ways to tell these stories to the media
Charles Vincent, WFP talks about how in Haiti the organisation was providing meals in the ruins of schools
Charles Vincent is saying: "we need you as media to look at the story and look at complexity of responding to these situations, not just immediate emergencies but also protracted emergencies"
Lyse Doucet, BBC asks us to forget we're here in such luxury and comfort
Lyse urges us to go to a place that's dusty and hot and you're a journalist coming to cover the story
Lyse Doucet and consider the differences between the motivations between aid workers and journalists
Lyse Doucet saying: "this discussion wants to look at what different assumptions there are when there's a public imformation officer for an aid agency in the field and a journalist as well, even one who sees him or herself as a voice for the poor."
@james - AlertNet has been using Reuters on the ground coverage to cover the current crisis in Kyrgyzstan
Lyse Doucet asks WFP Greg Barrow to describe arecent situation where there was tension between media and wfp
@james - we'd have loved to have done more, but with no one on the ground we felt best to leave to those in situ
@james please see posts below