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Hacking Hunger, produced by World Food Program USA, shares how Americans and the most vulnerable people in the most remote corners of the world come together around food and the often invisible work being done to ensure this foundation of life is whole for everyone. Through interviews with humanitarian workers, experts in the field, and staffers who interact daily with hungry families, Hacking Hunger shares their experiences and insights on the front lines. Their perspectives are contextualized with the latest news and innovations on emergency food aid, nutrition, and the logistical operations involved in delivering food to tens of millions of people every year that only the UN World Food Programme - the largest humanitarian agency in the world - can provide.

Hacking Hunger, produced by World Food Program USA, shares how Americans and the most vulnerable people in the most remote corners of the world come together around food and the often invisible work being done to ensure this foundation of life is whole for everyone. Through interviews with humanitarian workers, experts in the field, and staffers who interact daily with hungry families, Hacking Hunger shares their experiences and insights on the front lines. Their perspectives are contextualized with the latest news and innovations on emergency food aid, nutrition, and the logistical operations involved in delivering food to tens of millions of people every year that only the UN World Food Programme - the largest humanitarian agency in the world - can provide.
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Washington, DC

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Hacking Hunger, produced by World Food Program USA, shares how Americans and the most vulnerable people in the most remote corners of the world come together around food and the often invisible work being done to ensure this foundation of life is whole for everyone. Through interviews with humanitarian workers, experts in the field, and staffers who interact daily with hungry families, Hacking Hunger shares their experiences and insights on the front lines. Their perspectives are contextualized with the latest news and innovations on emergency food aid, nutrition, and the logistical operations involved in delivering food to tens of millions of people every year that only the UN World Food Programme - the largest humanitarian agency in the world - can provide.

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@wfpusa

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English


Episodes

Episode 26: One Father’s Reflections From Syria

3/15/2018
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Escalating violence in Eastern Ghouta has dominated recent news coverage of the conflict in Syria as humanitarians struggle to reach families trapped without food. Jakob Kern has witnessed the turmoil firsthand as head of the U.N. World Food Programme’s operation in Damascus for the last two years. As the conflict enters its 8th year, hear what Jakob has seen—and what the headlines often miss.

Duration:00:13:29

Episode 25: Inside the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

2/14/2018
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When violence in Myanmar sparked a mass exodus last August, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled for the border. Today, the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh has become the world’s largest refugee camp, hosting more than 1 million people. M.J. talks to one aid worker who’s been on the ground since the beginning of the crisis—and hears about a new threat that now looms.

Duration:00:07:25

Episode 24: Averting Catastrophe in Mozambique (Part 2)

12/13/2017
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When a historic drought struck Mozambique last year, the nation’s farmers found themselves plunged into hunger. So how did the U.N. World Food Programme help pull the country back from the brink? On the last of a two-part series, M.J. shares five voices in Mozambique—a farmer, an aid worker, a teacher, a student and a father—who found themselves on the front lines of this slow-motion natural disaster and a massive and artfully timed humanitarian operation that saved millions of lives,...

Duration:00:15:36

Episode 23: On the Brink in Mozambique (Part 1)

11/14/2017
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A year ago, Mozambique was on the brink of disaster. Successive droughts meant the country’s farmers had almost nothing to harvest—or feed their families. In the first in a two-part series, M.J. takes you to the country’s urban streets and rural farms, introducing you to five Mozambicans who recount how their lives intertwined with a historic humanitarian crisis that left the U.N. World Food Programme with no choice but to sound the alarm.

Duration:00:11:14

Episode 22: One Olympian’s Wake-Up Call in Uganda

8/4/2017
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Good nutrition helped Natalie Coughlin earn the most Olympic medals of any female swimmer in U.S. history. But a recent trip to Uganda with World Food Program USA — where she met farmers, elementary students and refugees from South Sudan — transformed her perspective on nutrition and food. M.J. talks to Natalie about her journey of discovery and how she intends to use her celebrity platform for good.

Duration:00:13:19

Episode 21: A Lifesaving Legacy Under Threat

7/31/2017
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Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but hunger has always been different. For decades, Congress and the White House have worked together to feed families around the world. M.J. talks to former Senator Tom Daschle about why this American legacy must endure — even as war, climate change and four looming famines threaten millions of families across the globe.

Duration:00:21:21

Episode 20: The Forgotten Food Waste Crisis

6/26/2017
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In many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, farmers can expect to lose nearly half of their harvest before it even leaves the farm. M.J. talks to the World Food Programme’s Brett Rierson about why — and how “tupperware for crops” could change the way the world’s small-scale farmers do business.

Duration:00:18:45

Episode 19: 24 Hours on the Border of War

5/25/2017
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As conflict rages in neighboring South Sudan, Uganda’s leaders -- many of them former refugees themselves -- are welcoming thousands of people seeking refuge from the violence with food and opportunity. M.J. talks to WFP USA’s Erin Cochran about her recent trip to Uganda and how aid workers responded when an entire village in South Sudan fled for the border one night following a brutal attack by government forces.

Duration:00:15:06

Episode 18: The F-Word

3/11/2017
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Famine paints an unspeakable picture: Families desperate for food, children dying of hunger, an urgent need for life-saving aid. The recent declaration of famine in South Sudan reveals the tragic consequences of war—and how the gradual collapse of a country can drive people into starvation. M.J. talks to Rose Ogola, a World Vision staffer in South Sudan, and Challiss McDonough, a World Food Programme staffer, about the human toll of famine, what’s at stake for the world’s youngest nation...

Duration:00:15:05

Episode 17: A Love Story That Is Feeding the World

2/10/2017
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Lovebirds Poonam Kaushal and Nishkaam Mehta are getting hitched this Valentine’s Day. Instead of throwing a big wedding, they teamed up with friends, family and perfect strangers to create an unconventional wedding gift using the world’s first hunger-fighting smartphone app. As they prepare to tie the knot in four days, M.J. talks to Poonam and Nishkaam about their “Million Meals for Love” campaign and explains how you can be part of their big day by changing the life of a hungry child.

Duration:00:13:31

Episode 16: How We Got to Season 2

1/27/2017
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Season 1 of Hacking Hunger was an experiment that uncovered moments of joy, heartache and the unexpected. M.J. takes a look back at a few of her favorite interviews from Season 1 and shares what’s in store for Season 2 -- and what you can do to help her find hidden, human stories about food on the front lines of hunger.

Duration:00:11:38

Episode 15: Reuniting After Escaping ISIS

12/16/2016
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The city of Mosul has become the latest frontline in the war against ISIS and hunger in Iraq. Tens of thousands of families have fled the violence, reuniting with food and loved ones after years of separation. M.J. talks to Alex Murdoch, a World Food Programme communications officer in Iraq, about documenting the human experience of this exodus -- from the heartbreak of continual displacement to the joys of unexpected reunion.

Duration:00:16:29

Episode 14: Inside a Syrian Kitchen

11/18/2016
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Journalist Dalia Mortada may have been born and raised in the U.S., but she grew up in a Syrian kitchen. As a child, she savored aromas and flavors like orange blossom, tamarind syrup and cardamom -- tastes that would define her childhood and seal her identity as a Syrian-American. M.J. talks to Dalia about the inspiration behind her new project, Savoring Syria, and how she’s using food to spark a deeper conversation about a country torn apart by conflict.

Duration:00:17:52

Episode 13: Handing Over the Mic to Haitian Voices After Matthew

11/4/2016
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When Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti last month, the storm ravaged its southern coast and left hundreds of thousands of families without food, shelter and clean water. But its devastation only tells part of the story. M.J. hands over the mic to Laura Cantave, a World Food Program USA staffer born in Haiti, to share her reflections on the spirit of her homeland and to Alexis Masciarelli, a World Food Programme staffer, who has spent the past month on the ground talking with families...

Duration:00:13:09

Episode 12: Mr. Mumo Goes to Washington

9/29/2016
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For Peter Mumo, escaping a childhood of hunger and poverty in Kenya began with an empty bowl, a nervous excitement, and the delivery of his very first school meal. These simple meals and the encouragement of his parents would change the trajectory of his life. M.J. talks to Peter about what it was like sharing a scarce amount of food with five brothers growing up, how he’s helping transform the way his homeland feeds its people and being selected for President Obama’s prestigious Mandela...

Duration:00:18:28

Episode 11: Pinpointing Hunger with Mobile Phones

9/16/2016
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When violence or natural disaster strikes vulnerable communities, good data on the hunger that often results can be hard to come by. For aid workers, knowing where food is scarce and how families are coping is crucial to alleviate suffering. M.J. talks to Jean-Martin Bauer, founder of the World Food Programme’s mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) unit, about how mobile phones in the most remote and dangerous corners of our world are changing how we understand and fight hunger.

Duration:00:22:14

Episode 10: Empower a Woman, Feed a Generation

9/6/2016
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If women farmers had the same access to resources like capital, markets and training as their male counterparts, the number of hungry people worldwide could drop by nearly 20 percent, according to the United Nations. M.J. talks to Lisa Curtis, co-founder of Kuli Kuli Foods, about how building a U.S. market for a “miracle crop” called moringa is empowering women farmers in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities to grow, sell and consume what some believe could be the next kale or...

Duration:00:13:26

Episode 8: Seven Million Meals and Counting

7/20/2016
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At a time when smartphone users outnumber the world’s hungry children by 20 to 1, humanitarian organizations are crowdsourcing creative ideas and solutions to harness technology in the fight against global hunger. That’s why some of the brightest minds in tech innovation joined last week’s launch of the UN World Food Programme’s first-ever Innovation Accelerator. Hear from one of them: Sebastian Stricker, the co-founder of WFP’s award-winning mobile app ShareTheMeal. Learn how it has...

Duration:00:07:56

Episode 7: Breaking Through a Besieged Community in Syria

6/8/2016
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In a besieged town in Syria earlier this year, families had been boiling grass to survive when word spread that the first delivery of food and medicine to reach the area in 18 months was on its way. But when this humanitarian convoy was blocked at a government checkpoint, the fate of tens of thousands of Syrians fell hostage to the whims of a single army commander. Hear from WFP’s Country Director in Syria who was on the convoy about what happened next and learn how a displaced Syrian aid...

Duration:00:33:03

Episode 5: The Zero Hunger Generation

3/18/2016
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Millennials are the largest and most educated generation in the U.S. Today, they outnumber baby boomers by nearly 8 million people. And the United Nations has tasked this generation with tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time - ending hunger by 2030. We talk with five students of the “Zero Hunger Generation” who attended last month’s Universities Fighting World Hunger summit in Missouri about who they are, what they believe, and what they’re doing to rise to the occasion. One...

Duration:00:16:38

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