Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture


Areas of expertise: Global Food & Agriculture, Africa

Bio

Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on global food and agriculture in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a 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 book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. He is also the author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, and his most recent book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World, was published in May 2016.

Thurow is an expert on agricultural development and speaks often on high-visibility platforms related to nutrition, hunger, and agriculture in the United States, Europe, and Africa. In 2013, he spoke about the power smallholder farmers in Africa at TedxChange Seattle event, hosted by Melinda Gates. Thurow graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Anne, and their two children, Brian and Aishling.

The Council is grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for providing core support of Roger Thurow's work. The Council also thanks the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Kelly and Jim McShane for their generous support. Learn more on Thurow's blog, Outrage and Inspire.

Research





In the News

The World's Eyes Are Watching Colombia's Orinoquia

Global Food For Thought, July 6, 2018

1,000 Days and Migrant Stress

Outrage and Inspire, June 20, 2018

To Unlock the Next Generation's Potential, Nutrition is the Key

Outrage and Inspire, March 21, 2018

Outrage and Inspire with Roger Thurow - Am I About to Lose My Second Child, Too?

Outrage and Inspire, March 12, 2018

Outrage and Inspire with Roger Thurow - Gideon’s Journey: Forward Ever, Backward Never

Outrage and Inspire, February 28, 2018

Outrage and Inspire with Roger Thurow – The Power of Three Little Letters

Outrage and Inspire, February 12, 2018

Outrage and Inspire with Roger Thurow - The Most Perilous Day

Outrage and Inspire, January 10, 2018

Outrage and Inspire with Roger Thurow - A Craving for Nutrition Knowledge

Outrage and Inspire, December 20, 2017

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