International Development Committee Announcement


Tuesday 17 June 2008, 10.30am

Committee Room 6, House of Commons


At 10.30am:

  • Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International Development

This is the second and final session for the Committee's inquiry into the World Food Programme (WFP) and global food security. It offers the opportunity to discuss how DFID is supporting the WFP's€”and the international community's€”response to hunger and to meeting Millennium Development Goal 1 in light of the current world food crisis.

Key issues examined in the inquiry are:

  • The effects on food prices and availability of increasing demand and changes in energy and agricultural policies;
  • How the WFP engages with local communities to identify needs, and to assist in programme design;
  • How the WFP monitors and evaluates its operations;
  • WFP's strategy to meet increased needs in the context of higher food prices;
  • The effectiveness of WFP's development food aid activities;
  • Cooperation between the WFP and other UN Agencies, for example the Food and Agriculture Organisation;
  • The prospects for a "one UN" approach in meeting food security needs; and
  • DFID's contribution to the WFP and to achieving the MDG 1 hunger targets.


Committee Membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

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