Food Security in the time of COVID-19: an IDW Panel

Date(s) - February 8, 2021
8:00 am - 9:30 am

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PWRDF welcomes experts from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Utooni Development Organization (Kenya) and the World Council of Churches.

About this Event

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One year into this global pandemic, has COVID-19 made an impact on international development? How has the pandemic affected food security at the local, national and international levels? Are there lessons from 2020 that we can learn regarding the future of development work, and in particular, on food security? To mark International Development Week, PWRDF has assembled a group of international experts to discuss these issues in a Zoom panel.

Meet our panelists:

Dr. Agnes Abuom, Central Committee Moderator, World Council of Churches

Dr. Abuom is an African laywoman, an accomplished development consultant, a committed peace-builder and a gender and human rights advocate. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in ecumenical, community work and peacebuilding in Africa, South America, North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia. In 2013, she was elected as the WCC Central Committee Moderator, the first woman and the first African to hold the position.

Kevin Muneene Kamuya, CEO, Utooni Development Organization, Kenya

Kevin has a lifelong interest in community development with a focus on changing lives. He holds a Masters degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and has been working with rural communities in Kenya for 10 years (eight with UDO) enabling them to improve water supply, food production, income and health. In 2014, Kevin received the UNDP Equator Initiative Award on behalf of Utooni Development Organization for promoting sustainable land management practices, and in 2015, he was accredited to the United Nations Convention for Combatting Desertification observer status.

Andy Harrington, Executive Director, Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Partnering with locally based organizations in majority world countries, the Foodgrains Bank seeks to meet emergency food needs in crisis situations. Andy has more than 32 years experience working in international development and with youth and young adults around the world. Prior to joining the Foodgrains Bank, he was the CEO of the Wellspring Foundation for Education, an organization with a mission to transform education in Africa and to foster vibrant communities that address poverty in all its forms.

Moderator: Mike MacKenzie, member PWRDF Youth Council and board member, Diocese of Nova Scotia/PEI

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