Rugman - huge issues about upsetting the donors and making yourself accountable
Giancarlo Cirri says as an institution we have to accept a certain level of risk, and donors , governments must also
Giancarlo Cirri stresses that WFP really wants to clarify what happened in Somalia, that investigations are under way.
Ishbel Matheson says she finds the idea that "doing good is beyond criticism" is a very outdated one held by the aid world
Isbel M - the reason we have to get better is that the political and public atmosphere is changing and have sophisticated responses in criticism, we have to get better because in our interest to do so
Richard Downden The overblown idea that aid can solve all the ills of poverty is part of the problem here - we know Africa won't meet the MDGs
Dowden - Aid world is setting itself up for failure with these MDGs as committments made may not be entirely realistic
Richard Dowden: We shouldn't expect aid alone to have the answer - and we should stop pretending it does
pRichard Dowden - people should be told the reality - that food will go astray - right from the start. they have to know that the aid business is a messy one. They will probably accept that as long it's clear
Cirri - Yemen since 2004 not one journalist has covered the north in Sadah and because there is no coverage situation getting worse
Do you have questions for our panel about the messy business of giving aid?
Are we dancing around the issue of WFP aid? Is aid being mismanaged? Question from a Scribble Live watcher to the panel
Richard Dowden refutes the idea that there is any systematic mismanagement going on - WFP are brave to send it - the issue is unrealistic expectations and a lack of openness about the ineviable losses of what it sent in
Qu's from floor - from London Met Uni - The fear of criticism and how are aid agencies gong to confront fear of criticisms?
Q from the floor - what impact has the financial crisis had on money for food aid? And what impact will declining support from the state in developed nations for their own people - and the rising needs of domestic populations - have on support for food aid abroad? Are journalists interested in covering this?
Cirri - we definitely have to accept criticism
Cirri - humanitarian aid is part of the solution and not part of the problem
It's a passionate debate here in London - do send us your thoughts and questions
Ishbel Matheson: Going back to the Band Aid controversy (where it was recently reported that food aid was diverted to rebels) - we're in danger of losing the big picture - the vast majority of aid in Ethiopia in 1984 saved lives
@james Very engaging and heated discussion going on
Ishbel Matheson: there is an increasingly hostile atmosphere around aid these days, good stories about aid are more diffcult to place in the media.
@james - there's lots of engagement from the audience on the issues being discussed and the panelists are debating some really important issues
question from the floor for Giancarlo Cirri, what is being done in your systems, areas of operation to make sure food is getting to people?
from the audience - why does the media focus on what aid didn't get there, rather on what did?
@bob, etiopia Hi Bob, no they weren't but not because they're not important. We are talking about how hunger is treated in the Western media, in the developed world.
From the audience - it's not just a question of sending food, it's also about what food is sent - MSF has a new campaign saying that much food aid is inadequate, nutritionally, which ties in with what @Backpackfarm has been asking
Greg Barrow raises the point that monitoring food aid can be made more precise, more comprehensive, but of course it's costly. every pound spent on monitoring takes money away from food and delivery costs. We need to bear this in mind in this discussion.
Doucet - why do journalists always report on the negative rather than positive?
@Rachel Zedeck no, he's just saying that creating a perfect system, in which food is watched every single step of the way, would be very very costly.
Richard Dowden has said he has vowed he will cover famines in Africa as if they were happening in the UK
Richard Dowden: Journalists are like doctors - they like to focus on people and countries that are sick - it is imbalanced - that's the dilemma of journalism
@Rachel Zedeck am about to ask the panel that qu for you
Josh from ALNAP - has there been a bit of a conspiracy about the true costs of getting food there and of monitoring and evaluation?