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Ertharin Cousin, Tales from the War on Hunger

Ertharin Cousin, Tales from the War on Hunger

 

After the 2007 Global Food Crisis, President Barack Obama in his Inaugural Address committed to the world’s poor nations: “We pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds”. Ertharin Cousin worked to deliver on this promise, first as U.S. Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (2009-2012), then as the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (2012-2017). Ambassador Cousin reflects upon the challenges and lessons learned from serving during a period when the driver of extreme food insecurity shifted from quick onset emergencies (including hurricanes and earthquakes) to protracted conflicts. She also answers the question of why she believes, in a time of unprecedented humanitarian challenges, we can still end global hunger.