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About half the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition -- two billion people are undernourished, 1.4 billion are overweight or obese and 800 million are hungry -- and as climate change advances, the threats will likely worsen. In the U.S., cutbacks in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program mean some Americans run out of food every month. Lacking the right nutrients to grow and thrive, billions around the globe cannot rise from poverty. What food and nutrition priorities should the international community set as the UN’s Millennium Development Goals expire? What is the blueprint for strengthening access to nutritious foods and sustainable agriculture? What is the role for the private sector?
A panel of experts, which includes Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Programs and Senior Vice President at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace Toni Verstandig; Executive Director of the Vitality Institute Derek Yach; founder, chairman and CEO for Panera Bread Ron Shaich and Deputy Director of Program Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Josh Lozman, seeks to find the answers. Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of its Congressional Program Dan Glickman will moderate.
Dan Glickman, Vice President and Executive Director of Congressional Programs, the Aspen Institute
Toni Verstandig, Chair of Middle East Programs, the Aspen Institute and President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
Derek Yach, Executive Director, the Vitality Institute
Ron Shaich, Chairman and CEO, Panera Bread
Josh Lozman, Deputy Director of Program Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Bonnie McClafferty, Director, Agriculture and Nutrition, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)