Davos: Day 3 Round-Up

Published on 31 January 2009

The Business Alliance Against Chronic Hunger  started the day off in the WFP tent with a 'roll-up-your-sleeves' session on "Business Strategies for Sustainable Food Production."   Moderated by Josette Sheeran and General Mills CEO, Ken Powell, the session included a lineup of top global leaders such as former UN Secretary and Founder of AGRA, Kofi Annan, Prime Minister of Kenya Railia Amolo Odinga, H.R.H. the Duke of York, Bill Gates and over 25 CEOs. 

After laying the foundation about the need for corporations to fully engage in public private partnerships, the participants spent time in small groups brainstorming practical ideas – across multiple sectors such as telecom, nutrition, retailing, logistics – sustainable solutions to help the developing world.
WFP hosted a working lunch with senior executives of WFP's corporate partners, to update them on WFP's strategic plan and challenges ahead discuss ways to further strengthen the partnership alignment with WFP’s core work.

The day's biggest event was a plenary session titled "Fresh Solutions for Food Security," chaired by WFP's Executive Director Josette  Sheeran, with panelists Kofi Annan; Bill Gates; Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods USA; Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever; and Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand. The initial dialogue focused heavily on ways to effectively address sustainable agriculture and called on the panelists and audience to bring fresh solutions to the table. Audience participation was overwhelming with many ideas such as roof gardens, on-farm grain storage and multiple finance solutions. View webcast

Later, a reception was held by Deworm the World, an initiative supported by the WEF's Young Global Leaders Group. WFP announced a commitment to scale up de-worming activities to include all its school feeding programmes, where parasitic worms are as serious problem for child health and development. 

In the evening, Ms Sheeran attended a dinner of 100 high-powered women, hosted by HM Queen Rania of Jordan, Wendi Murdoch (the wife of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch) and Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, to promote progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. 
 

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Emilia Casella

Global Media Coordinator

Emilia Casella is WFP's Global Media Coordinator based in Rome. She has worked at WFP since 2006, serving also in Sudan and Geneva. Prior to joining WFP, she worked for 18 years as a journalist in print and television