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The World Food Programme is a specialized agency of the United Nations, tasked with delivering food assistance in emergencies and working alongside communities to build resilience and improve nutrition. The World Food Programme is partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, as well as over 1,000 non-governmental organizations, to provide emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, and development aid. Working in 80 countries and assisting 80 million people around the globe, the WFP is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide.
Topic A: The Role of Agrofuels in Food Instability
Agrofuels, or fuels derived from organic matter such as corn and wheat, have been long lauded as a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. However, diverting food sources towards fuel may raise food prices, creating greater food insecurity worldwide.
Topic B: Food Security in Conflict Areas
Food security and conflict have a direct, proportional relationship: food insecurity catalyzes conflict, while conflict causes greater food insecurity. Providing food assistance in areas of violent conflict can be difficult or even impossible due to the danger and political challenges in these areas.
Topic C: Food Waste and Loss
Roughly one-third of all food produced in the world is either wasted or lost. Food loss and waste (commonly abbreviated as FLW) occur at both the retail and consumer levels, in both developed and developing countries.
Emily Pérez, Ad Hoc Chair
1) What are your hobbies?
Writing, reading, knitting, and planning my eventual world domination.
2) Why do you participate in Model UN?
The amazing people, educational experience, professional-but-fun environment, and the excuse to argue constantly.
3) What would your theme song be?
That part in Hamilton where Hamilton compares himself to Macbeth because he’s just super melodramatic all the time.
4) What is your favorite quote?
“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” ― P.G. Wodehouse
5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?
So many! Like the time I spent 30 minutes during the mock debate arguing that The Office was the best show in the world, despite having never seen The Office and only vaguely knowing the name “Michael Scott." But mostly the memory I’ll carry from SHSMUN is the way it's allowed me to gradually come out of my shell and gain the ability to speak to a crowded room of people. The way SHSMUN has developed my confidence is both invaluable and unforgettable.