The Transformation and Application of Food Assistance

Part of the Careers in Development Series
  • Thursday, Oct 4, 2012
  • Featuring:

    Dina Esposito

    Director of the Office of Food for Peace, USAID

    Still a critical component in both emergency and development efforts around the world, food assistance is being applied in new and innovative ways. Today, a wide range of professionals aim to provide timelier and more effective aid through new tools - such as cash programming - to respond to emergencies as well as build lasting resilience in communities that suffer from both chronic poverty and recurrent crises such as drought. Dina Esposito is the Director of the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  In this capacity she oversees the Agency’s food assistance programming, spanning 48 countries worldwide and valued at more than $1.5 billion annually.  USAID’s Office of Food for Peace responds to acute food insecurity by providing in-kind food aid, locally and regionally procured food aid, food vouchers, and cash transfers to millions of people affected by conflict and natural disasters annually.  Ms. Esposito will discuss this work as well as FFP’s interventions in critical areas such as nutrition, health, agriculture, and livelihoods to address the underlying causes of poverty and hunger among the poorest of the poor with development food aid. 

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