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Tuesday, October 6 • 5:00am - 7:00am
RT 5 - Overcoming the Food Security and Nutrition Roadblocks in Social Protection Responses to COVID-19

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The proposed session brought together recognised experts in the social policy and development fields. The session focused on the obstacles social protection programmes and national systems face, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to effectively respond to increased levels of vulnerability to hunger and malnutrition which perpetuate the vicious circle of poverty endured by millions.

Following the panel discussion, the floor was given to expert discussants representing government practitioners and policymakers at the frontline of social protection responses to COVID-19. They endorsed and practically grounded some of the key messages conveyed by panellists and pose questions to help delineate the way forward in their countries and regions.


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Lola Castro

Regional Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean States, WFP
Lola Castro has spent her professional career working in the international humanitarian development field. She joined the United Nations World Food Programme in 1994, and has accrued a lifetime of achievements before assuming the position of Regional Director for Southern Africa and... Read More →
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Sarah Laughton

Chief of Social Protection, WFP
Sarah Laughton is the chief of the Social Protection Unit at WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, overseeing the Organisation’s portfolio in this area of work, providing strategic guidance and support to regional bureau and country offices around the globe.  Sarah holds a MSc in Development... Read More →
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Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia

Social Protection Programme Policy Officer, WFP
Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia is a Social Protection Programme Policy Officer at the United Nations’ World Food Programme currently leading the organisation’s global learning and knowledge management in social protection. A Political Scientist and International Relations professional... Read More →
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Kathryn Ogden

Senior Programme Policy Officer, WFP
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Christopher Turton

Social Protection Programme Policy Officer, WFP
Christopher Turton has been working in the humanitarian and development sector for over a decade. He originally began working for the World Wildlife Fund to help address the illegal international wildlife trade, before moving to UNDP to support programmes that bring sustainable energy... Read More →

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Michael Samson

Director of Research, EPRI
Dr. Michael Samson is the Research Director of the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), a global research institute based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has 35 years of experience working in social protection, and specialises in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating... Read More →
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Stephen Devereux

Mercator Fellow, University of Bremen
Stephen Devereux is a development economist who works on food security and social protection, mainly in east and southern Africa. He has been a Research Fellow at the UK Institute of Development Studies since 1996, where he is Co-Director of the Centre for Social Protection. He holds... Read More →
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Sania Nishtar

Special Assistant of the Prime Minister, Pakistan
Dr. Sania Nishtar is Special Assistant of Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry, Government of Pakistan. She is the founder of Ehsaas, the Government’s flagship social protection program, and leads its implementation... Read More →
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His Majesty King Letsie III

Kingdom of Lesotho
His Majesty is a constitutional monarch and serves as the Head of State of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Apart from performing representational duties, His Majesty is a symbol of national unity and stability. From 1980 to 1984 he pursued his University education at the National University... Read More →
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Ergogie Tesfaye

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs -, Ethiopia
Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye’s career path has led her to various experiences, and she continued her education while connecting with her community through work. From lecturing English at St. Mary University to serving part time at ECA on projects through the department of agriculture and... Read More →
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Richard Mkandawire

Chairperson, National Planning Commission of Malawi
Prof. Richard Mkandawire is a Socio-economist and a Rural Development expert and the Chairperson of the National Planning Commission of Malawi. Prior to this postion, Prof. Mkandawire was Senior Advisor to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), where he was the principal... Read More →
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Gerda Verburg

UN Assistant Secretary-General and SUN Movement Coordinator
Since August 2016, Gerda Verburg (The Netherlands) has served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, working with the 61 country governments that lead the SUN Movement, united with UN agencies, civil society, business and donors... Read More →
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Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Dr. Lawrence Haddad became GAIN’s Executive Director in October 2016. Prior to joining, he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR). From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading... Read More →
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Boitshepo “Bibi” Giyose

Senior Nutrition Officer for Policy and Programmes and Special Advisor to the CEO, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and FAO
Boitshepo Bibi Giyose is a Senior Nutrition Officer for Policy and Programmes in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division at FAO, but currently on secondment to the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) as special advisor to the CEO since January 2018. Her work focuses on integrating... Read More →
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Purnima Menon

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Purnima Menon is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. She is the theme leader for South Asia Nutrition Programs in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. Dr. Menon directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and... Read More →
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Deborah Ash

Senior Technical Advisor, South Asia, Alive & Thrive Project, FHI Solutions
Deborah Ash has 20 years of professional human development, capacity building, policy and research experience, including designing, managing and implementing large-scale global projects. As an experienced Project Manager, Chief of Party, and Deputy Chief of Party, she has a proven... Read More →
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John Hoddinott

H.E. Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Economics and Policy, Cornell University
John Hoddinott is the H.E. Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Economics and Policy, Cornell University and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute. Previously, he was a Deputy Division Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute... Read More →
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Olivier de Schutter

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and Formerly on the Right to Food and Co-chair, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems
Mr. De Schutter, a professor at UCLouvain and SciencesPo, is since 2020 the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. An expert on social and economic rights and on economic globalization and human rights, Mr. De Schutter was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur... Read More →
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Saskia de Pee

Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition & Chief of Systems Analysis for Nutrition, WFP
Saskia de Pee is Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where she leads the Systems Analysis for Nutrition team and is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston and... Read More →
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Daniel Gilligan

Deputy Director of Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Dan Gilligan is Deputy Division Director in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. His research addresses the economics of household investments in childhood nutrition and education in developing countries, as well as the impact and cost-effectiveness of social protection... Read More →
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Aullo Gelli

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Aulo works as a senior research fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His main interests and experience intersect food policy and nutrition, with a particular focus on evaluating the impact of child health... Read More →

Tuesday October 6, 2020 5:00am - 7:00am GMT-03