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Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Global famines in 2017 have been labelled the worst since World War II, with 28 million people needing humanitarian assistance in East Africa alone. Of the 10 worst global famines, seven are the result of conflict, such as in South Sudan and Nigeria. This hearing will examine the need for accelerated food and other assistance in famine situations and discuss the need to end conclusively the conflicts that cause or exacerbate famines.”

Opening Statements


The Honorable Tony P. Hall
Executive Director Emeritus
Alliance to End Hunger
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Mr. Roger Thurow
Senior Fellow
Global Food and Agriculture
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Mr. Julien Schopp
Director for Humanitarian Practice
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Hearing transcript (PDF)