Hunger as a Weapon | Agenda

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Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions

University of South Florida 
Tampa Campus

May 24, 2023 // 9am - 4:45pm

8:00am - 9:00am Check In and Registration
9:00am - 9:05am

Conference Preview and Introduction
Glenn Beckmann, Communications Manager, Global and National Security Institute

9:05am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks (Video)
Cindy McCain, Excecutive Director, World Food Programme

9:05am - 9:10am

Welcome Remarks
Dr. Prasant Mohapatra, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of South Florida

9:10am - 9:45am

Keynote Remarks
General (Ret) Frank McKenzie, Executive Director, Global and National Security Institute

9:45am - 10:00am

Morning Break

10:00am - 11:30am

Panel 1 Discussion
Global Hunger: Generator of Social, Economic, and Political Instability

MODERATOR: Tad Schnaufer, PhD, Global and National Security Institute

Executive Summary and Questions to be Examined:
1) How does hunger and food insecurity affect economic development and political stability across the globe?
2) Since the end of World War I, how has Hunger been used as a weapon in conflict and war (e.g., Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Syria)?
3) How have countries (like China) competed for food security through land purchases, increased food production, and infrastructure development (e.g., China's investments in Africa)?

11:30am - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 1:30pm

Keynote Remarks
Laurie Beyranevand, JD, Director of Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Professor of Law, Vermont Law and Graduate School

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Panel 2 Discussion
Food Insecurity in the United States: A Domestic Policy Challenge

MODERATOR: Dr. Kiki Caruson, Vice President, USF World

Executive Summary and Questions to be  Examined
1) What roles would hunger and food insecurity play on education and workforce readiness during times of peace and conflict?
2) How has military readiness been affected by hunger in the United States and its allies?
3) Given what the world has seen with the COVID Pandemic and the war in Ukraine, how secure are food supply chains at the local/regional level across the U.S.?

3:00pm - 3:20pm


3:20pm - 4:00pm

Breakout Session #1
Fireside Chat with Peter Cloutier,  Professor of Development and Human Security at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU)

3:20pm - 4:00pm

Breakout Session #2
"Dangerously Hungry: The Link Between Food Insecurity and Conflict" A conversation with Dr. Chase Sova, lead author of the report "Dangerously Hungry" for the World Food Program USA

3:20pm - 4:00pm

Breakout Session #3

"Finding Solutions to Weaponized Hunger: A Multidimensional Approach." Moderated by Patrick Hamilton, Regional Delegation (United States and Canada), International Committee of the Red Cross

4:00pm - 4:10pm


4:10pm - 4:40pm

Conference Wrap Up and Take Aways
Moderated by Dr. David Himmelgreen, Director, Center for the Advancement of Food Security and Healthy Communities, University of South Florida

4:40pm - 4:45pm

Closing Remarks
General (Ret) Frank McKenzie, Executive Director, Global and National Security Institute


End of Conference





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