TED Talk (Blog 10)

Ending Hunger Through Education


After searching the TED Talk database I found an inspiring talk featuring Josette Sheeran, an anti-hunger leader who was the executive director of the United Nations Food Program and oversaw the largest humanitarian agency that fought global hunger.  In her talk, Josette offers feasible and impactful methods to end world hunger on a local and international scale.  She addresses hunger from an economic perspective, utilizing her trade knowledge and private sector experience to enact successful front line programs.  Besides learning about programs that help nourish children across the world, I also learned about educational initiatives that are integral to solving world hunger.  For example, Sheeran urges the progression of breastfeeding educational programs for new mothers to narrow the apparent gap of knowledge seen at 6:40.

Josette offers an alarming statistic, stating  that a child could be saved every 22 seconds if they were properly breastfeed for the first 6 months of life.  In some developing, impoverished countries only 3% of children are breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months. For Paper 2 and my White Paper I am investigating infant formula companies’ propaganda and the continuing exploitation of vulnerable populations.  Education, therefore, is a brilliant way to keep children alive.  By changing the mindset of breastfeeding from an outdated, old fashion tradition to the best nutritional method available, mothers worldwide could help children from the start.

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3 thoughts on “Ending Hunger Through Education

  1. I never thought about how much of an impact breastfeeding can have on a child. But I wonder what challenges this initiative will face considering it is a very personal choice unique to each mother. I would guess there are varying religious beliefs about it too. This sort of initiative seems like it needs a great deal of cultural and psychological understanding to be successful.

  2. Great you found a possible source for your paper.

    Do you think ideas of being modern or “hygienic” impact breast-feeding in places like Niger? I would have thought that more rural, developing populations would have much higher rates of breast-feeding. Is this a long-standing trend? Pre-formula, what would they feed babies?

  3. I never truly understood how important breastfeeding could be to a child. What sort of problems do you see with trying to educate mothers about breastfeeding. Where would the funding come from?

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