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David Stevenson is director of the Policy, Planning and Strategy Division of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). His responsibilities include policy guidance for WFP's new strategic plan, which sets out the objectives for food assistance in about 80 countries in a variety of interventions, including humanitarian relief and post-conflict situations, prevention and mitigation of disasters, nutrition and HIV/AIDS. Major current challenges include dealing with record-high food and fuel prices, climate change, and tight food commodity markets in a post-food-surplus era.
This lecture is part of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) 2008-09 Colloquium Series.