Susan Sechler

Susan Sechler is U.S. director of the German Marshall Fund's Trade and Development program, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was special adviser for biotechnology policy at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Recent Articles

Starved for Attention

A s the aftermath of September 11 prompts questioning about anti-Western rage, a good starting point is a statistic: 800 million. That's the number of people in the developing countries who lack "food security"--who don't have enough food to perform the basic tasks of daily living. Of course, every American knows that there are millions of starving people in the world, but hunger has been such a constant and apparently insoluble fact of life for so long that few of us realize we have the means to end it--and have had for some time. Nearly 30 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a promise to the first World Food Conference: "Within a decade, no child will go to bed hungry." No one has made good on Kissinger's promise, but he was correct that it was possible. We had the means; we lacked the motivation. After September 11, we have both. If moral concern alone is not enough to impel serious U.S. action on reducing world hunger, our national interest--and national...