Addressing Hunger from Global to Local: Challenges and Solutions


August 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Location: 1350 I Street, N.W.
Fourth Floor Conference Room

Washington, DC 20005

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one in nine people in this world suffer from chronic undernourishment, most of whom live in developing countries.  In 2016, an estimated 11 million people from developed countries are undernourished.  Join us at GMA to learn more about the state of hunger in the world today, what one GMA member company is doing to alleviate hunger worldwide, and how you can help feed hungry people right here in the D.C. area. 

John Ellenberger

Since its inception in 1981, Land O'Lakes International Development has led nearly 300 programs in 80 countries, which have helped millions of men and women in their journey out of poverty and food insecurity.  John Ellenberger will provide an overview on one program in particular that provided vulnerable groups with local food made by local food processors, and provided proof that new paradigms for food aid can be even more efficient and sustainable.

Asma Lateef

The world has made dramatic progress in reducing hunger and poverty but in 2016, 792 million people were still suffering from hunger. Asma Lateef will provide an overview of issues related to global hunger and malnutrition. She will touch on progress made since 1990, U.S. leadership on hunger issues, challenges to future progress, particularly to achieving the goal of ending hunger by 2030, and what needs to be done to address those challenges.


Nancy Roman

In the Washington metro area – capital of one of the wealthiest nations on earth – 700,000 people aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. And alarming numbers of those same people, recent data reveals, are also coping with diet-related disease, a result of poor access to foods that contribute to health. Solving hunger in the 21st century requires new thinking about old problems, and a move away from the conventional wisdom that has so often guided hunger work. Nancy Roman will provide an overview of hunger in our area, and the Capital Area Food Bank’s approach to addressing it, which emphasizes innovative partnerships, policies, and programming.


We will be hosting a food drive as part of the event benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank.  We encourage all attendees to bring something to contribute to the food drive! 


Cost: One Canned Good or One Package of Food