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Diaspora Voices: Food Security and Sustainability

Event date with timezone
- America/New York
United States of America
Type of Event
International Organization for Migration

Join the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships and the International Organization for Migration for the second event in this year's "Diaspora Voices: Combatting the Climate Crisis" series. The event will explore diaspora efforts to foster food security and sustainability practices in the context of climate change, and feature a panel discussion of diaspora experts. There will also be a public forum at the end of the session and encourage direct dialogue with government and other humanitarian actors.


Introduction by Bryan Gerhart, Senior Partnerships Advisor with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships

Opening remarks by Marta Costanzo Youth, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

Special remarks by Shawn Kana'iaupuni, PhD, President and CEO of Partners in Development Foundation

Panel discussion: Diaspora Climate Solutions, including:

  • Dr. Esther Ngumbi, Assistant Professor of Entomology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and New Voices Senior Food Security Fellow at the Aspen Institute
  • Dr. Kiruba Krishnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Systems Engineering at the University of Missouri
  • Manuel Hernรกndez, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute

Special presentation by Ruby Au, Head of Ecosia North America

Closing remarks by Dr. Cary Fowler, Special Envoy for Global Food Security for the U.S. Department of State

Public forum/ Q&A discussion