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Hi, this is Michelle. The world’s hunger crisis just keeps getting worse due to climate change, conflict and economic crises.

One ambitious group of experts set up by the Kofi Annan Foundation will try to come up with a way to fix a broken system that has mostly failed to avert hunger for millions of people every year. We spoke with two of its members as the group gathered for the first time in Geneva this week.

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A market in Sana'a, Yemen, 2 March 2024. The escalation of Houthi attacks on shipping lanes since last year is expected to disrupt the country’s food imports between March and April 2024, leading to food shortages in the markets, according to the FAO. (Keystone/EPA/Yahya Arhab)

If you could rewind the tape to 1945 and the early years of our modern multilateral system, how would you build the global food governance architecture so that no one ever goes hungry? That’s the question a group of experts set up by the Kofi Annan Foundation will grapple with for the next six months.

The Food Security Commission and its eight prominent figures including former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Dessalegn Bosheormer, ex-chief scientist at the World Health Organization Soumya Swaminathan, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Agnes Kalibata and David Nabarro, former co-lead of the UN Global Crisis Response Group on food-energy-finance, have the ambitious task of figuring out what’s wrong with a system that is largely failing millions of people who are lacking sufficient and nutritious meals day after day.

“Progress has not met urgent needs,” Corinne Momal-Vanian, executive director of the Kofi Annan Foundation, told Geneva Solutions.

The one-year project, announced in December with around $1 million in funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, aims to produce a report to be ready by the UN General Assembly in September. The blueprint will contain recommendations for governments and other key actors on how to deliver the SDG 2 promise of ridding the world of hunger by 2030 – though convincing them to implement them will be a challenge in itself.

Read the full story on Geneva Solutions (EN)

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