On Friday 19th October, Action Against Hunger held HUNGER TALKS, a one day event that we hope will become a regular feature in the nutrition calendar.
Hosted by Birbeck University, we brought together leading voices from the frontlines of the fight against hunger, to collaborate on everything from Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods.
In doing so, we asked a panel of six experienced and innovative speakers to share their thoughts and get the room talking.
‘Building Nutrition Disaster Resilience’
Abigail worked with Action Against Hunger in Darfur and Pakistan and supported programmes in a number of countries in Africa and Asia whilst working with Save the Children. She now work as a humanitarian adviser with DFID, focusing on humanitarian financing and supporting our institutional relationships with UNICEF, WFP, FAO and the CERF. She also leads work within DFID looking at ways to bridge the humanitarian and development divide for nutrition as well as to identify ways that DFID can help to build nutrition resilience through its programmes.
‘Financing Global Nutrition: why, how much and from where?'
Dr Stephen Spratt's research interests relate to development finance, financial sector reform and regulation, socially responsible investment (SRI), the emerging climate change financing architecture and the intersection between these is-sues. Professionally, he has been Head of the Sustainable Markets Group at IIED, Research Director at the New Economics Foundation and a Lecturer in international finance and development at the University of Reading. He has also worked in the private sector in the City of London, as Head of Research at Intelligence Capital Limited, Senior Investment analyst with Global Asset Management Limited and a Visiting Fellow in the Global Research Department at State Street Bank & Trust.
‘Social Protection: current opportunities, challenges and some links to food security and nutrition'
Programme Manager Social Protection
Mark Davies has practical and research experience working in social protection, food security, livelihoods, poverty and vulnerability. He has worked extensively in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, working within bilateral agencies, multilateral organisations, in close partnership with government and NGOs. Mark has in-depth knowledge of the policies, institutions and processes that influence both social protection policy and programming, including, knowledge of cash transfers, institutional structures required in establishing social protection programmes, political implications, monitoring and evaluations requirements and systems, potential impacts of programmes at community level.
‘Linear Programming: A Nutritional Perspective'
Filippo is a Food Technologist and a Public Health Nutritionist. Since 2005, he has worked for Valid International in Africa, Latin America and Asia looking at the development and testing of cheaper, improved, lipid-based, ready-to-use foods to treat and/or prevent undernutrition in children, adults. He has also worked for UN agencies (FAO, WFP, IFAD) and in collaboration with international NGOs (MSF, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, among others).
‘Reducing Hunger through Food Safety'
Twin & Twin Trading
Andy is a project manager at Twin whose recent work has focused on value chain analysis and social investment projects aimed at developing smallholder value chains for a variety of nut commodities. The majority of his current work focuses on food safety and a value chain approach to removing aflatoxin from local and export food systems in sub Saharan Africa. Andy has co-authored two recent reports for the Southern African Trade Hub and DFID Malawi and holds a Msc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Twin & Twin Trading
Andrew has an international career with experience in co-ordinating multi-stakeholder private sector and social investments projects to develop smallholder export and domestic value chains. He also facilitates innovative business start ups, in multinational agribusiness management, consultancies and agricultural research with MScs in Plantation Management, and in Management Information Systems.