Global Sustainable Bioenergy

Keynote

"Raising the Clamor on Ending Hunger" by Roger Thurow

Wednesday, September 15, 2010- 7:30p.m.
Doors open at 7:15p.m.
Marquette Hotel, 50th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota

With the number of chronically hungry people in the world soaring past 1 billion, it's time to raise the clamor and make ending hunger through agriculture development the great populist cause of this decade. After recent grassroots campaigns have successfully summoned action on debt relief, HIV/AIDS and climate change, Roger Thurow asks, "Why not Hunger?"  Spreading outrage and inspiration -- including the great Green Revolution work of University of Minnesota graduate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug -- he argues that momentum is building from the White House on down to ending hunger through agriculture development, and that it can be the singular achievement of our time.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study

Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.

In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the recent book, ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.

The book explains through vivid human stories how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how sometimes well-intentioned strategies have conspired to keep the world's poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves. Thurow and Kilman argue that this generation is the one that could finally end the scourge that has haunted the human race since its beginning.

In 2009, the authors were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award.