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Roger Thurow, author of the new book The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, is senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. On May 18, the eve of the G8 Summit, The Chicago Council will bring together senior global leaders to discuss new international efforts on food security. President Obama is the keynote speaker.

Thurow joined the Council 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.

Roger Thurow graduated from the University of Iowa. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Anne, and their two children, Brian and Aishling.
 
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Lesson From A Famine: Markets Matter

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Ten years after the Ethiopian famine of 2003, when international food aid rushed in to feed 14 million people, another World Food Program (WFP) tent has been erected on an open field. But this isn't a scene of food distribution. It is a scene of food purchase.

The action happens...

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The Last Mile: Reaching Women Farmers

(9) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 8:22 AM

This piece is part of a series of blogs by leading NGOs to call attention to a range of issues that should be raised at the G8 summit at Camp David in rural Maryland from May 18-19.

Go to the end of most any dirt road in rural Africa and...

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G8 Stakes High for African Farmers

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 6:42 PM

The stakes of this weekend's G8 meeting in Camp David are huge for Leonida Wanyama and her neighbors in western Kenya.  Three years ago they formed a little farming cooperative which they named Amua, a Swahili word meaning "decide."

"We have decided," Leonida told me, "to move from misery to Canaan,"...

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African Farmers: Surviving or Thriving?

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It is one of Africa's cruelest ironies that as the planting season begins, as it is now across much of the continent, so does the hunger season. The food stocks from the previous harvest are running low and it will be several months before the next harvest comes in. Whatever...

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