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WFP experts on food systems available for media interviews

ROME– Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit on Thursday, 23 September 2021, the World Food Programme is making available to the media, experts on food systems who can comment on the state of food security and nutrition globally and the impact of climate change, conflict and COVID-19 on how the world produces, accesses and consumes food.

WFP works in over 80 countries repairing, sustaining and improving food systems for the world’s most vulnerable. WFP’s programmes support food production, protect livelihoods of smallholder farmers, help strengthen food supply chains, develop markets and improve the nutrition of schoolchildren. In fragile environments, WFP is working towards ensuring the food and nutrition needs of the vulnerable are met.

WFP experts available for interviews:

  • Domenico Scalpelli – WFP’s Food Systems Summit Coordinator
  • Carmen Burbano – WFP’s Head of School Feeding
  • Gernot Laganda – WFP’s Chief of Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Carlo Scaramella – WFP’s Country Director in Colombia
  • Saskia De Pee – Senior Nutritionist, WFP
  • Rupak Manvatkar – WFP’s Climate Action Advisor for Southern Africa
  • Isabelle Mballa – WFP’s Regional Supply Chain Advisor for West Africa

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.


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For more information please contact (email address:

Tomson Phiri, WFP/ Geneva,
Mob. +41 79 842 8057
Jane Howard, WFP/ London,
Tel. +44 (0)20 3857 7413, Mob. +44 (0)796 8008 474
Martin Rentsch, WFP/Berlin,
Tel +49 (0)30 206 1 4929, 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
Martin Penner, WFP/Rome,
Mob. +39 345 614 2074
Isheeta Sumra, WFP/ Rome,
Mob. +39 347 181 4398