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Regional Conference Report Resilient India : Disaster free India Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition Against Climate Fragilities and Disasters

Author: WFP, India & National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
A three-day regional conference on the theme of improving humanitarian response and strengthening food systems in climate fragilities and disasters was organised from 30 November to 2 December by the National Institute of Disaster Management and United Nations World Food Programme with the thematic session partners, Global network of civil society organisations for disaster reduction and U-Inspire Alliance.

Coming in the backdrop of the 6th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the recently concluded 26th United Nations Climate Change conference that have put a strong focus on the ongoing climate crisis, the regional conference featured speakers and participants from the Asia region. Government officials, institutions, non-governmental organisations, policy experts, and practitioners joined virtually with the event being streamed live. 

With an overarching theme of “Strengthening resilience of food systems in climate fragilities and disasters,” the conference sessions saw deliberations on making food Security and nutrition an integral part of emergency preparedness and response, supporting innovation around food and nutrition security from Asia, ways of building capacities on food and nutrition security during emergencies, strengthening regional cooperation in Asia on food and nutrition response during emergencies. The forum deliberated on the need for improving humanitarian effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian response and the need to strengthen resilience of food systems in climate fragilities and disasters.