A local woman takes part in the World Food Program’s food-and-cash for work program in Niger's Dan Kada village. Niger faces drought and rising food prices. Photo by: Phil Behan / WFP / United Nations

The question at the upcoming G-8 summit is not whether food security will be on the agenda, but rather which food security-related issues will be up for debate.

World leaders attending the summit will be launching a new food security initiative ahead of the G-8 meeting. Many fear that important items, such as addressing malnutrition and scaling up public sector resources, may not make it to the discussion table.

Oxfam and ONE have come up with several points the development community should pay close attention to at the summit. These include:

  • Total funding to be committed to the new initiative.

  • Whether it will work well with country strategies.

  • The G-8’s plans to hold the private sector accountable.

  • The difference with its predecessor, the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative.

G-8 leaders will announce the new initiative in Washington Friday (May 18) before heading out to Camp David in Maryland. The summit ends May 19.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.