WFP Hosts A Hangout From The Sahel

WFP has launched an emergency operation to assist nearly 10 million people across the Sahel region of Africa hit by the region's third drought in less than a decade. Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Join WFP’s Denise Brown on the front lines of the Sahel Crisis for a Google+ Hangout with CNN Anchor Jim Clancy and a group of journalists, bloggers and supporters from around the world. This unique event will be broadcast live on Youtube Wednesday 30 May at 12:00pm LA / 3:00pm NYC / 8:00pm London.

Google+ Hangout From The Sahel

Wednesay 30 May at 12:00pm Los Angeles / 3:00pm NewYork / 8:00pm London
 

ROME—WFP will host a Google+ Hangout from the front lines of the Sahel Crisis on Wednesday 30 May at 12:00pm Los Angeles / 3:00pm New York / 8:00 pm London.

WFP Niger Country Director Denise Brown will be joined by CNN Anchor James Clancy and a group of journalists, bloggers and supporters from around the world.

Viewers can watch the event live on WFP’s Youtube Channel and will be invited to submit questions on WFP’s Google Plus page or via Twitter using the Hashtag #food4sahel.

Here are some of the people who will be hanging out with WFP:

+Denise Brown

Denise Brown is WFP’s Country Director in Niger. A veteran of humanitarian emergencies, Brown worked in Somalia, Afghanistan, Kenya and Iraq before coming to Niger. Today, she’s leading WFP’s operation to deliver food assistance to some 3.6 million people struggling to survive amid drought, pest infestations and the arrival of large numbers of refugees from the conflict in Mali. Meet Denise Brown

+Jim Clancy

Jim Clancy is a CNN Anchor and host of the weekly show “The Brief”. In his 30-year career with the network, Clancy has reported on all of the events that have shaped history over the past quarter century. His interviews with international personalities reads like a “Who’s Who” of our times. @clancycnn

+Roger Thurow

Roger Thurow was a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal for 20 years before joining the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a Senior Fellow on Agriculture and Food Policy. He co-wrote the 2003 book “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty” and wrote the new release "The Last Hunger Season", which is due out later this month. @RogerThurow

+George Fominyen

George Fominyen is the Reuters Alernet humanitarian affairs correspondent for West and Central Africa, based in Dakar. He is also West Africa coordinator for Thomson Reuters Foundation's Emergency Information Service. Fominyen has reported extensively on this year's food crisis in the Sahel. @gefsoutlook

+Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba

Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba is a Press Officer and an Africa specialist at UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. She has been a spokeswoman for UNHCR for the past 13 years and as such has been drawing attention to all major refugee crises across Africa.  She is based in Geneva, after having served in the field for ten years. @FatiKaba 

+Kelly Hauser

Kelly Hauser is ONE’s Washington-based Agriculture Policy Manager. She focuses on holding governments accountable to their agriculture commitments, bringing awareness to the importance of child nutrition and reforming US food aid policy. She joined ONE from Oxfam America, where she conducted research on food security, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian effectiveness.

+Jennifer James

Jennifer James is a human rights advocate and founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, a global coalition of over 800 mothers concerned about pressing global issues. She is also the founder of Mom Bloggers Club network, a network of some 18,000 mom bloggers from around the world.  @momsbloggersclub

+Fokko Wientjes

Fokko Wientjes is Director of Corporate Sustainability and Program Director of the DSM - UN World Food Programme Public-Private Partnership “Improving Nutrition – Improving Lives”. The partnership focuses on increasing the nutritional value of the WFP food basket. He is an advocate for the strategic importance of Public Private Partnerships and the cause of malnutrition.@fokkowientjes

+Gregory Barrow

Gregory Barrow is WFP's Deputy Director of Communications. Before joining WFP, Greg worked for 14 years as a TV and radio journalist for the BBC.  He spent six-years reporting from sub-Saharan Africa, covering mainly conflict and humanitarian disaster stories. He then spent three years in New York as the BBC United Nations Correspondent and reported on the 9/11 attacks. @GregoryBarrow