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SXSW: The $7 Billion F-Word

After years of decline, global hunger rates are surging again. We are facing a global hunger crisis never before witnessed in modern history due to widespread conflict and civil war, the severe impacts of climate change, gender inequity, and the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19. The pandemic has pushed 161 million additional people into hunger.

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What Is the US Against Hunger Discussion Series?

The US Against Hunger discussion series unpacks key drivers of hunger and food insecurity, including conflict, gender inequality, climate change and food waste. Each panel convenes high-profile thought leaders, experts, influencers and business leaders across sectors to examine these issues and what must be done to make a Zero Hunger world a reality.

Explore our most recent events:

The Future of Hunger and Global Food Systems

October 14, 2021

Discussion examined issues facing our interconnected food systems around the world and how the United Nations World Food Programme and the global community are working to improve them.

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Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo Climate Starves: Hunger and the Climate Crisis

April 21, 2021

World Food Program USA’s Climate Starves panel on April 21 explored the far-reaching impacts of climate change in driving hunger, degrading land and crops, and driving migration.

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Photo: WFP/Arete/Damilola Onafuwa No Woman Left Behind: The Future of Gender Inequity and Hunger

March 5, 2021

Our panel explored the state of gender equity in relationship to hunger, and how WFP and others are empowering women to establish successful food systems for all.

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Photo: WFP/Alice Rahmoun Behind the Frontlines: Hunger, Conflict & COVID-19

December 2, 2020

A Former Miss USA, New York Times columnist and WFP’s Assistant Executive Director shared their accounts of how global hunger is threatening the health and security of billions of people.

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US Against Hunger

“Never before has conflict and armed violence among different factions so impacted WFP’s ability to deliver food. The largest hunger crises are no longer the result of natural disasters. They are now the direct result of man-made conflicts. When roads are bombed, trucks carrying flour and lentils can’t get through. When air strips are destroyed, planes carrying cooking oil can’t land. And when fighting continues day and night, hungry people can’t venture out to seek food, farmers can’t work their fields, and food markets stop functioning.”

– David Beasley, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

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