For more than forty years, humankind has had the knowledge, tools, and resources to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet at the start of the twenty-first century, 25,000 people a day—and nearly six million children a year—die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases. Malnutrition kills more Africans than AIDS and malaria combined. We in the West tend to think of famine as a natural disaster, brought about by drought; or as the legacy of war and corrupt leaders. But Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, award-winning writers on Africa, development, and agriculture, see famine as the result of bad policies spanning the political spectrum. In this compelling investigative narrative, they explain through vivid human stories how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how our sometimes well-intentioned strategies—alternating with ignorance and neglect—have conspired to keep the world’s poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves.
And they argue passionately and convincingly that this generation is the one that could finally end the scourge that has haunted the human race since its beginning.
Roger Thurow was a Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent for twenty years and has reported from more than sixty countries, including two dozen in Africa. Scott Kilman covered agriculture at the Journal for two decades. In 2005, Thurow and Kilman were honored by the United Nations for their reporting on humanitarian and development issues.
Authors Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman discuss global hunger along with a panel of distinguished experts.
Scott Kilman and Roger Thurow at 2010 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest
Roger Thurow at Opportunity International Spring 2010 Microfinance Conference
Scott Kilman and Roger Thurow at Google program
Roger Thurow at Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa Event