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.
As 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.