Poetry X Hunger is an informal initiative focused on intentionally inspiring poetry that addresses the cause of preventing and eliminating hunger. The overall approach is to augment the traditionally cited, tragic hunger statistics with heartfelt, powerful poetry as an innovative way of reaching the public and public policy decision makers.
People who are making this happen:
Poetry X Hunger Founder and Poet. Since earning two degrees from Oregon State University (an MS in Botany and Plant Pathology in 1977 and a PhD in Entomology in 1981) Dr. Hiram Larew rose to prominence in the science, policy, and management of the US Government’s international agricultural sciences programs. From 1998 until his retirement in February 2015, Dr. Larew served as Director of International Programs at the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture. He transformed international agricultural science programs into models for sustainable development overseas by fostering partnerships between American university, business, government and charitable organizations to assist countries around the world. Dr. Larew directed programs in sustainable development and food in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. He helped launch an agricultural partnership with India and guided programs to revive extension and help food research in Iraq. Dr. Larew has won the hearts and minds of people around the world by helping to fill empty stomachs. Read more about Hiram HERE.
Dr. Susan G. Schram is a consultant in global food security. Most recently, she served as Vice President of ACDI/ VOCA, as a Trustee on the Board of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and as a consultant to CGIAR. Sue received BS and MA degrees from Michigan State University. She moved to Washington to work for USDA’s Assistant Secretary for Science and Education, as staff to the Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, she represented land- grant universities on Capitol Hill in International Affairs. She directed the Food and Agriculture Program for Columbia University’s Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network and served as Deputy Director of its Washington Operations. She was founding Executive Director of The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and founding co-chair of the Coalition for Agricultural Development (CFAD). Sue currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Alliance to End Hunger, on the Agriculture Research Science Advisory Group at the Lugar Center and is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is Past President of AIARD and serves as its Washington Representative.
Dr. Tatiana LeGrand is an international development, research and analysis professional with background and expertise in market development, agriculture, food security, value chains, environmental management and education. She worked for several projects of the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNDP, Bioversity International and the World Bank. She provided support to NGOs in Guatemala, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. She worked with marginalized women and youth groups in Tajikistan, supporting integration of sustainable farming techniques into best agricultural practices and encouraging small innovations in partnership with other NGOs as well as advocacy, education and empowerment of women’s groups and youth. In addition to her role at Agribusiness Academy, she serves as a Communications Chair of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) and consults on sustainable natural resources management.