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Almedalen: SIPRI partners with World Food Programme to discuss hunger and conflict in Mali

Almedalen: SIPRI partners with World Food Programme to discuss hunger and conflict in Mali
Almedalen: SIPRI partners with World Food Programme to discuss hunger and conflict in Mali

SIPRI was pleased to participate at the 2019 Almedalen Week in Visby, Gotland. Almedalen (30 June–7 July) is considered to be one of the most important political, social and business forums in Sweden.

On 2 July, SIPRI hosted a panel discussion in cooperation with the World Food Programme (WFP) about the link between hunger and conflict in Mali.

Since the military coup in 2012, Mali has been shaken by conflict, terrorism and unrest. The social indicators in Mali are among the lowest in the world and the country faces huge challenges. Nearly four million people do not have enough to eat, over 120 000 people are displaced within the country and are in need of emergency food assistance. With local conflicts intensifying, the people of Mali are becoming increasingly vulnerable at the same time as humanitarian access is threatened. In a unique partnership SIPRI and the WFP have been exploring the links between hunger and conflict.

During this seminar, initial conclusions were presented from the case study conducted in Mali. The panel discussed how hunger affects the conflicts in Mali and whether it is possible to build sustainable peace without securing access to food.

Participants in the panel included Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board and Silvia Caruso,  World Food Programme Mali Country Director and Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden. Sigrún Rawet, SIPRI Deputy Director, will moderate the discussion. 

Read more about the event on the Facebook event here. Watch the recording of the discussion: