Join us for “Next-Generation Perspectives in Global Food Security” on August 6

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“Next-Generation Perspectives in Global Food Security,” a briefing featuring insights and recommendations from the 10th Class of Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows, will be held online on Friday, August 6, 2021. The briefing is co-sponsored by Action Against Hunger, FAO, Helen Keller International, InterAction, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, SDG 2 Advocacy Hub, World Cocoa Foundation, and the World Food Program USA.


These fourteen emerging leaders have been working with host NGOs and other organizations since October 2019 and have learned a tremendous amount about what is required to ensure food and nutrition security for all. Through brief presentations and Q&As, they will share their insights and recommendations for making international development more efficient, more effective, and more just.

"These fellows represent the next generation of U.S. leadership in the movement to eradicate global food insecurity," said Emily Byers, senior director of the Leland Fellowship. "Anyone with an interest in how we to turn back the tide of hunger now rising around the world should pay attention to what they have to say about what they've learned from their fellowships."

Event Schedule

(All times listed in ET)

Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Shannon Maynard, Executive Director, Congressional Hunger Center
Rep. James P. McGovern, Board Chair, Congressional Hunger Center
Erin Boyd, Nutrition Advisor, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Session One

10:25 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Mobilizing Local Voices for Risk Communication and Program Success
Amit Smotrich, Helen Keller International
Nutrition-Sensitive Aquaculture in Bangladesh: Success with Policies, Challenges with Implementation
Jacqueline Shieh, WorldFish
The Importance of Strategic Monitoring in Stunting Prevention: Revealing Hidden Progress with Proxy Indicators
Ally Vertti, UN World Food Programme
Mind the Gap: Nutrition for Adolescents
Tiphaine Monroe, Mercy Corps
Cultivating Nontraditional Allies: The Potential Social Role of Food Vendors in the Anti-Hunger Movement
Marisa Nowicki, Bioversity International
Pick Up the Phone: Adapting M&E for Social Distance
Isis Blanco Vera & Michael Wang, International Food Policy Research Institute

Session Two

11:55 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Should We Really Go Back to Normal? Innovations to Improve Acute Malnutrition Treatment
Maria Wrabel, Action Against Hunger
Advocating for Local and Regional Food Systems
Navya Nadimpalli, Welthungerhilfe
Land Rights, Forests, and Migration in Côte d'Ivoire
Daniel Myers, World Cocoa Foundation
Agroforestry: Facilitating Food Security and Climate Change Mitigation
Rhiley Allbee, Global Green Growth Institute
Measuring Market Health and Resilience for Food Security
Jini Kades, ACDI/VOCA
Localizing Nutrition and Food Security Programs
Sara Higgins, Catholic Relief Services
Decolonizing Advocacy
Bryan Pride, InterAction

Closing Remarks

1:05 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director, FAO North America
Emily Byers, Senior Director, Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship

Event Co-Sponsors

Action Against Hunger Logo
Helen Keller International Logo
InterAction Logo
Mercy Corps Logo
Oxfam Logo
SDG2 Advocacy Hub Logo
World Cocoa Foundation Logo

The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship is dedicated to Rep. Mickey Leland (1944–1989), a Member of Congress and passionate leader in the fight to eradicate hunger, who died in a plane crash visiting humanitarian sites in Ethiopia. While his untimely death robbed the world of a true leader and advocate in the fight against hunger and poverty, his passion and dedicated efforts serve as inspiration and foundation for the Congressional Hunger Center’s anti-hunger work.


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