Raj Patel, agricultural scholar and author of the book Stuffed and Starved: the Battle for the World Food System, will address “The World Food Crisis: How did it get so bad and why should we care?” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., in Cudahy Hall, Room 001, 1313 W. Wisconsin Ave. This speech is free and open to the public.
To discover the reasons why half the world is malnourished and the other half obese, Patel conducted a global investigation from the deserts of Brazil and protester-packed streets of South Korea to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and the barren fields of India. In his book, Patel explains the steps he sees as necessary to regain control of the global food economy.
Patel is currently a visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Institute of Food and Development Policy. He previously worked at the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Patel earned a bachelor’s degree from Balliol College at Oxford University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a doctoral degree from Cornell University. His Marquette visit is sponsored by the university’s Manresa Project and the Office of International Education.
Media interested in attending should contact Andrew Brodzeller in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-0286.
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