Welcome to Davos!

Welcome to WFP’s Davos 2011 blog!

World Economic Forum logo on a window glassThe annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is under way and the WFP team is on the ground, ready to engage with government leaders, CEOs and aid experts.
Here, to get us started, is a quick look at the four events here in Davos that are top-of-mind for us at WFP.

Thurs 27 (am)
The ‘Nutrition Breakfast’ in the WFP tent will involve CEOs from the food industry and beyond. This annual event is a chance for interested parties in the private sector to brainstorm about how they can contribute ideas and knowhow to fighting hunger and malnutrition. The theme this year is “from farm to fork” – how to address malnutrition, at every step along the supply chain.

Thurs 27  (pm)
Scores of CEOs and government leaders are expected to attend an evening discussion on the theme Nourishing People, Invest in the next generation.  In the WFP tent for the event will be President Kagame of Rwanda, Robert Zoellick of the World Bank and the UN Secretary General. Co-hosting the event with WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran is TNT CEO Peter Bakker, who has made WFP's presence at Davos possible for the last six years.

Fri 28 (pm)
Women for Women: Feeding the world. This will be a panel discussion on women helping women to break the cycle of poverty and hunger. It will be co-hosted by Arianna Huffington (of the Huffington Post) and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, and involve key figures from corporate partners Kraft and Unilever.

Fri 28 (pm)
WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran will chair a plenary session of the World Economic Forum’s meeting  on the subject of ‘raising healthy children’. On the discussion panel will be Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization; Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of BMG Foundation; Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola; Lars Sorensen, President and CEO of Novo, Nordisk; and Bono, singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE.