World Food Day: The Politics of Food Aid

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October 16th 2012, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

Location: World Affairs Council of Oregon

What: World Food Day: The Politics of Food Aid, a presentation by David Austin, Mercy Corps' Program Director for North Korea, and Jim White, Mercy Corps' former Vice President of Operations.

When: 12 - 1:30 pm, Tuesday, October 16.

Where: World Affairs Council of Oregon, 1200 SW Park Avenue Madison Room, Third Floor, Portland, OR 97205; Phone: 503-306-5252.

Cost: $5 for WAC members; $10 nonmembers. Please register here for this event.

When hunger hits the most vulnerable – children, the elderly and pregnant women – what ought to be done? As part of a coalition of U.S. NGOs, Mercy Corps had a front row seat to the politics surrounding food relief in North Korea over the past two years.

Using North Korea as a case-study, Mercy Corps' Jim White and David Austin offer a revealing look at the complexity and challenges of providing basic relief - raising serious questions about the politics of food aid.

This is a lunchtime talk, taking place at the World Affairs Council.