Podcast: Mr Jim Morris and the United Nations World Food Program – Part 1

January 28, 2013

This podcast is the first of the three-part conversation that I had with Mr. Jim Morris. Jim served as executive director of the UN World Food Program [UNWFP], the largest humanitarian program in the world. Jim was executive director of the Program for over five years and during his tenure the UNWFP fed over 15 million people in more than 100 countries. In this first conversation, he and I talk about the scope of hunger in the world today and some of the root causes of this. We also look at basic categories such as chronic hunger situations versus hunger caused by disasters or cataclysms, the distinction between hunger and malnourishment, and the question of world hunger from a moral or economic or political perspective. “The average 7-8 year old boy in North Korea is already 6-7” shorter and 40 pounds lighter than his counter-part in South Korea…. For $35-40 we can feed a child in school for a whole year.”