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Hannah Laufer-Rottman
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An international professional with extensive experience in successfully delivering poverty alleviation programs to countries and people in need. Joined the United Nations in 1976 and worked mainly with the World Food Programme. Has traveled extensively and lived in Africa and in Latin America with long term assignments in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Brazil.

Since 2006, she is Executive Director of Palms for Life Fund, a U.S.-based not for profit that promotes a global alliance to end poverty from a basic human rights perspective, not as a charitable undertaking. Palms for Life supports access to education, food, water and sanitation for all, with a special attention to girls’ needs. Ms. Laufer-Rottman is an unconditional supporter of human rights and tolerance.

Entries by Hannah Laufer-Rottman

The Hunger Language

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 6:44 PM


Everyone has heard that the language of Eskimos has many different words for snow. But what about a malnourished little boy who has no word for hunger?

During my time in Ecuador as Country Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), I...

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Effective Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:10 PM

The Two Steps Necessary to Significantly Lessen an Organized Crime against Humanity

Recently, the world learned that Jihadists had stoned a Syrian woman to death for "adultery." Stoning, a barbaric form of death by torture, involves the throwing of stones at a person until they die.

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Myself in Their Shoes

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 2:24 PM


During the recent Live Below the Line campaign

I opted to eat rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Having lived in poor countries in Africa and Latin America, I wanted to reconnect to the life of most people in poor countries...

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Mostly Rice and Some Beans - Eating Below the Poverty Line

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 2:46 AM

The Live Below the Line campaign from the Global Poverty Project begins on April 28 and during five days, we will eat and drink at a cost of no more than $1.50 a day. The movement raises awareness about the 1.2 billion people who live on $1.50/day or less and...

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Undoing the 'Food Curse': Honoring Food For What It Was Meant To Be

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:09 AM

As we are called upon to address the complex issue of hunger in the US -- and the world -- we are increasingly faced with a mysterious paradox, a paradox that seems to have turned on its head the traditional relationship between food and hunger. We are caught in a...

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Failing to Address the Complexity of U.S. International Food Aid Policy May Result in Perpetuating World Hunger -- Part II

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Part II

In the previous post, I discussed planned changes to the U.S. food aid policy. A successful U.S. food aid policy will address several issues, including those mentioned previously, and the following:

The food market: many developing countries do not guarantee farmers stable markets and prices,...

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Failing to Address the Complexity of U.S. International Food Aid Policy May Result in Perpetuating World Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 6:41 PM

The Obama administration has announced earlier this year it intends to change the way the U.S. distributes international food aid by buying food in developing countries instead of shipping it from the U.S. Such measure will allow the United States to feed about 17 million more people each year and...

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Feeding The Hungry: Is Our Charitable Response System Bypassing The Real Discussion That Must Happen?

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:18 PM

By being presented with creative, alternative and "dignifying" ways for the hungry poor not to starve to death, we can easily be distracted from facing something urgent and disturbing: the need for an in-depth nation-wide discussion about the underlying causes of hunger as a manifestation of poverty. And how to...

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