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WFP at COP 27: Climate adaptation solutions needed to halt global food crisis

ROME – As world leaders gather at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt next month, WFP highlights the urgent need for climate adaptation solutions to stem the tide of growing hunger. The unfolding global food crisis cannot be stopped until we support communities and nations to manage the risks associated with a changing climate.

Extreme climate impacts like droughts, heatwaves and floods are one of the leading causes of hunger destroying crops and agricultural land, decimating livelihoods and wreaking havoc in already vulnerable communities. A shocking 40 percent of the global population lives in areas that are already highly vulnerable to climate extremes.

At COP27, WFP is showcasing solutions to avert and minimize loss and damage in vulnerable livelihoods and food systems. WFP is also calling for increased investment in climate adaptation for communities in fragile contexts, and the transformation of global food systems towards greener, more equitable and resilient pathways.  

WFP is making available to the media experts at COP27 who can comment on the changing climate, its impact on food security and WFP solutions:

  • Gernot Laganda – WFP Director of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Martin Frick – Climate and Food Systems Expert and Director of the WFP Berlin Office
  • Corinne Fleischer – WFP Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa
  • Menghestab Haile – WFP Regional Director for Southern Africa
  • Mathieu Dubreuil - WFP Climate Insurance Expert
  • Elizabeth Nyamayaro – WFP Special Advisor  
    (Other experts available on request)

WFP is also pleased to invite media to a press conference on Saturday 12 November at 11:30am at the press conference room ‘Cairo’ in the Nefertiti Area. For registrations contact:; +39 342 123 5169

WFP will be present at the following sessions at COP 27.

  • The Climate Emergency is a Hunger Emergency, UNFCCC Pavilion, 8 November, 2pm
  • Environmentally Sustainable Solutions to Climate Change – Impact on vulnerable communities in Egypt and other African countries, UN in Egypt Pavilion, 9 November, 5pm
  • Climate-resilient food systems and peace: Exploring the interconnections, Room 8, 11 November 1:15pm 
  • Turning Ambition into Action through the Power of Partnerships: Scaling up Anticipatory Action, UAE Pavillion, 12 November 10am  
  • Disrupt Hunger | Innovating For People And Planet, UNFCCC Pavilion, 17 November 4pm  


Join us on Twitter Spaces @WFP:

  • 25 October, 10am - Loss and Damage: Solutions for communities on the frontlines
  • 31 October, 11am – Anticipatory Action: First-hand accounts 


Examples of WFP’s work from the forefront of climate and hunger – video footage here, photos here.


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Jenny Wilson, WFP/Sharm El-Sheikh,
Mob. +39 342 123 5169

Isheeta Sumra, WFP/ Rome,
Mob. +39 3471814398

Nina Valente, WFP/ London,
Mob. +44 (0)796 8008 474

Martin Rentsch, WFP/Berlin,
Mob +49 160 99 26 17 30

Shaza Moghraby, WFP/New York,
Mob. + 1 929 289 9867

Steve Taravella, WFP/ Washington,
Mob.  +1 202 770 5993