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World Food Prize Recipient Comes to Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels will discuss global food security with Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and a World Food Prize recipient.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. It'll be free and open to the public.

"As head of the World Food Programme from 1992-2002, Bertini led the U.N. response to food crises in North Korea, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo and was credited with helping to save millions of lives in famine-stricken regions," according to a Purdue news release.

Bertini has also held prominent positions within the U.S. government, including acting assistant secretary of the Family Support Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Reagan administration and assistant secretary of agriculture for food and consumer services in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Additionally, President George W. Bush appointed her as a member of the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises the U.S. Agency for International Development. President Barack Obama reappointed her to the position.

Bertini now works at Syracuse University as vice chair and professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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