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Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Chosen As Featured Speaker At Event

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Jerry Greenfield

Action Against Hunger has announced the headline speakers at “Together Against Hunger” set for Oct. 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Notable speakers include Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder and brand ambassador.

“I’ve spent much of my life championing social causes, and deeply believe that ending hunger is a cause worth fighting for, since it’s a fight we can’t afford to lose,” Greenfield said. “I’m really honored to engage with Action Against Hunger and inspired to see so many people come together across sectors to create new approaches to addressing the growing global hunger crisis.”

The Together Against Hunger movement aims to spark collective action to end hunger through alliances that may include nonprofit practitioners, the private sector, funders and community members. The event will accentuate ways to expand efforts, engage participants in co-designing new strategies and rethink approaches to funding and action on hunger-related issues. 

“We are excited that Jerry Greenfield will join us and so many others in shedding a bright light on the urgent issues surrounding global hunger. Jerry has long believed in the importance of shared success and helped pioneer fair trade and organic sourcing for ingredients like vanilla, cocoa and coffee, which is just one example of the kind of action we need to achieve the UN Sustainable Development goals,“ said Ashwini Kakkar Chair of Action Against Hunger’s International Network.

“Together the global community has proven that hunger is preventable, not inevitable, yet today hunger is on the rise again. We urgently need to reinvigorate the movement to end hunger for everyone, for good.”

The initial slate of speakers includes:

  • Activists, such as Mwandwe Chileshe, global policy lead, food security and agriculture, global citizen;
  • Nonprofit leaders, including Esther Lupafya, executive director, soils, food and healthy communities; Nhlanhla Ndlovu “NN”,  executive director, center for economic governance and accountability; Nicolas Metro, founder and CEO, Kinomé and Asma Lateef, policy and advocacy lead, SDG2 Advocacy Hub;
  • Academics, including Rachael Bezner Kerr, professor of global development, Cornell University; and Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir professor in food security and research, Tufts University;
  • Government leaders, such as Sarah Charles, assistant to the administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance; and
  • Private sector innovators, including Amy Guterman, senior director, community innovation, salesforce.

The event builds on insights from a report developed by Devex and sponsored by Action Against Hunger, which provided insights from more than 860 international NGOs, bilateral donors, corporations, private foundations and United Nations agencies. The research found that nearly 90 percent of participants predict that without innovative action, global hunger will continue to rise through 2032. However, two-thirds believe achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030 is still possible if current approaches change.

The event will be broadcast live online. To register for event updates or to RSVP, visit TogetherAgainstHunger.org.

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