Policy Roundtable

Tackling Famine in the Twenty-First Century

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:15 pm to 01:45 pm EDT
IFPRI Policy Roundtable - Tackling Famine in the Twenty-First Century



  • David Beasley, Executive Director, U.N. World Food Programme (Video)
  • Paul Dorosh, Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI (Video)
  • Tony P. Hall, Executive Director Emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger (Video)
  • Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue (Video)
  • Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University (Video)

Closing Remarks:

After 10+ years of economic growth and 20+ years of early warning systems, famine still threatens millions of people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and elsewhere. (IFPRI research on famine).

This policy round-table explored what we need to know and do differently to tackle famine.  Speakers addressed key questions including:

  • What is the on-the-ground response to famine and how is it working?
  • What does research say about why we continue to experience famine and what can we do to prevent it?
  • How do we address the role of conflict in famine?
  • As famines persist, how do we improve humanitarian and resilience programming policies?
  • How is the US government and civil society responding to famine?
  • Have national or global governance mechanisms failed?