World Food Programme Director Shares Global Food Security Insight During Visit


David Beasley (fifth from right), Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program is joined by US Senator John Boozman (third from left), Acting Chancellor Charles Robinson (sixth from right ) and other WFP staff, U of One administration and Boozman staff.

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David Beasley (fifth from right), Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program is joined by US Senator John Boozman (third from left), Acting Chancellor Charles Robinson (sixth from right ) and other WFP staff, U of One administration and Boozman staff.

UN World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley visited the U of A campus last week, meeting with campus leaders and students to give his perspective on global food security. .

Beasley was joined on his visit by U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), who is the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

The two leaders met with several members of the campus administration, including Acting Chancellor Charles Robinson, before visiting the Global Food Security Outlook course at the School of Law to meet master’s students in the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law and juris doctor students.

The World Food Programme, which was named the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger and promoting food security.

In 2019 alone, the World Food Program provided assistance to nearly 100 million people in 88 countries facing acute food insecurity and hunger. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and recovery, development assistance and special operations. Two-thirds of its work takes place in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in conflict-free countries.

Beasley’s discussion with the students was moderated by Susan Schneider, Enfield Professor of Law and Director of the LL.M. Program in Agriculture and Food Law, as Beasley provided her expertise and first-hand knowledge of the World Food Program , its mission to end hunger, improve food security and improve nutrition by 2030.

The LL.M. Agriculture and Food Law program at the U of A Law School was the first of its kind when it was established more than 40 years ago. Today, he continues to lead the country in this important area of ​​law, connecting lawyers to our food system, from farm to fork.

In addition to providing an outstanding agricultural and food law program designed specifically for LL.M. students, the law school also publishes the Journal of Food Law and Policyis home to the nationally renowned Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and provides opportunities for outreach and experience through the Food and Agriculture Impact Project.

Learn more about David Beasley

Prior to joining the World Food Program in April 2017, Beasley spent a decade working with high-level leaders and program managers on the ground in more than 100 countries, leading projects designed to foster peace, reconciliation and economic progress. He has traveled to no less than 30 countries a year, organizing, leading or participating in conferences and missions in Kosovo, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen, among others. His work has allowed him to develop deep relationships with leaders around the world.

As governor of South Carolina from 1995 to 1999, Beasley guided the state through years of economic transformation, helping to reshape the state’s economy into a healthy, diverse, and robust market. The work led to one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, with a dramatic increase in private sector capital investment.

Beasley was the first governor of South Carolina to publicly lobby for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the dome of the state Capitol, a move that earned him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

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