Chicago Council Launches 1,000 Days Multimedia Storytelling Project and Book

August 6, 2013
August 6, 2013 – Roger Thurow’s next book will tell the story of the vital importance of proper nutrition and health care in the 1,000 days window from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday. As part of a Chicago Council on Global Affairs multimedia project, he will report on his work over the next four years via blogs, video and an interactive website,

“The 1,000 days period is the crucial period of development, when malnutrition can have severe life-long impacts on the individual, the family and society as a whole,” said Thurow, senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “And yet the nutritional deficiencies that can occur during this time are often overlooked, resulting in a hidden hunger. It is a problem of great human and economic dimensions, impacting rich and poor countries alike.”

Thurow will follow small groups of women and their children in four parts of the world—India, Africa, Central America and the United States—through the 1,000 days period. He also will examine the innovations, the economics and the politics of malnutrition and hunger.

“Roger has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the serious issues of global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition through his powerful storytelling,” said Marshall M. Bouton, president emeritus of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “We are pleased he will continue his work with The Chicago Council through this unique new project.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing support for Thurow’s writing, including his multimedia storytelling via blogs, video and an interactive website. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting also is supporting Thurow’s international reporting and storytelling during the first year of the book project.

Thurow’s most recent book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, tells the story of a community of Kenyan farmers working to transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger, and illuminates the challenges and vital necessity of transforming Africa's agriculture sector. Published by Public Affairs in May 2012, it follows the daily dramas of the farmers' lives amid increasing international awareness that to feed the world's growing population food production must nearly double by 2050.

His first book, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, written with Scott Kilman, won the Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award and was a finalist for both the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award. Thurow is a 2009 recipient of the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award.

Thurow is the senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously, he reported for 30 years at The Wall Street Journal, 20 of them as a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.