World Food Day

For the past few years, the Institute has hosted a special lecture to recognize World Food Day, bringing notable speakers to address topics of global concern.

WORLD FOOD DAY - October 15, 2021

Join the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security from 11-12PM for a virtual celebration of World Food Day, featuring keynote Speaker Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée, Country Representative IICA - Canada (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture).

Details to come.


World Food Day 2020


October 16, 2019

Guest speaker: Stephen Potter, Director of Agriculture and Food Systems, Global Affairs Canada


16 October 2018

The fuel of tomorrow: How nutrition can drive countries, economies and a brighter future
Keynote speaker: Lauren Landis, Director of the Nutrition Division at the World Food Programme, Rome


Ms. Landis has spent her career working in the field of relief and development, beginning at OCHA (then UNDRO) in Geneva in 1985. She then moved to the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance within the Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1986 to 1993, taking on assignments in Washington and in Africa as Disaster Operations Specialist and Emergency Operations Coordinator. 
In 1993, Ms. Landis turned her efforts to the NGO sector, working at InterAction from 1993 until 1995. She later moved to Save the Children, serving as both Director of Humanitarian Response and Director of the Food Security Unit. In 2002, Ms. Landis returned to the U.S. Government as Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, and in 2006 she transitioned to the U.S. Department of State to serve as the Senior Representative on Sudan.
Ms. Landis joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as Chief of Staff in 2009, and two years later she became Director of the WFP Geneva Office. From 2013-2016, Ms. Landis served as the WFP Country Representative and Director in Chad, and in mid-2016 she returned to Rome, Italy to take up her current role as WFP’s Director of Nutrition.



10 October 2017

Towards a World with Zero Hunger
Keynote Speaker: Chris Kaye, Director of the Government Partnerships Division for the World Food Program

  • The history of World Food Day
  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture


Chris Kaye is the Director of the Government Partnerships Division for the World Food Program based in Rome. Prior to joining WFP in 2006, Chris served with OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) for over 12 years. He joined OCHA in 1994 and supported humanitarian efforts in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide. During a period between 1995 and 1999 he worked in Geneva where he led the development of the Consolidated Appeal Process and supported humanitarian efforts on short-term missions in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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