Wilkes University hosts Ambassador Christopher Goldthwait for discussion on Global Food Security
February 27, 2012
On Monday, February 27, Wilkes University in conjunction with The Humpty Dumpty Institute’s Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations (HEA), hosted former U.S. Ambassador to Chad, Christopher E. Goldthwait for lectures and discussion on Global Food Security. Ambassador Goldthwait addressed first year students on the issues of hunger, malnutrition, food insecurity, food aid, emergency response, agriculture development and nutrition. The Ambassador also touched on current U.S. program approaches and policies, legislation and administrative procedures to improve the effectiveness of our nation's efforts to address the global food and hunger crisis. Food security is negatively affected by a wide range of issues, including poor agricultural productivity; high unemployment; low and unpredictable incomes; remoteness of farm communities; susceptibility to natural disasters, civil unrest and instability; wide discrepancies between the well-off and the poor; chronic disease; and lack of basic health, education, water and sanitation services. Well-planned and well-executed agriculture, nutrition, and food aid programs address these underlying causes of hunger.
Ambassador Goldthwait served as the U.S. Ambassador to Chad from 1999 to 2004. While in Chad, he orchestrated the return of the Peace Corps to the country and arranged a U.S.-funded agricultural development project near Chad's oil production to retain the agriculture industry once oil production started. From 1991 to 1999, he served as General Sales Manager in the Foreign Agricultural Service of the Department of Agriculture, where he was responsible for the USDA's market development, export credit, export subsidy, and food aid programs. From 1982 to 1986, he was the Agricultural Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, with regional responsibilities in Cameroon and Ghana. Ambassador Goldthwait has extensive experience with a variety of U.S. government programs, the USDA, and the U.S. Congress. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Master's in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.