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Addressing Global Hunger - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128165508

Addressing Global Hunger

1st Edition

Lessons Learned from Syria and Venezuela

Authors: Marianella Herrera-Cuenca Tatyana El-Kour
Paperback ISBN: 9780128165508
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st December 2021
Page Count: 216
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Addressing Global Hunger: Lessons Learned from Syria and Venezuela offers an innovative tool for engaging in efforts against hunger and brings forward a hybrid approach for identifying mechanisms of how global hunger is established, identified, addressed and eradicated within personal and social constructs and values. As the global population continues to grow, the world is challenged with the evolving dynamics of food and nutrition sovereignty. In this deeply researched and vitally important book, the authors aim to bridge the global divide between research and practice to establish a contemporary perspective on tackling global hunger while applying knowledge learned.

Key Features

  • Uses multidisciplinary and integrated methods to explore the realities of hunger
  • Features case studies, valuable syntheses of scattered material, and important topics of discussion and debate
  • Provides a guide on how to differentiate correct vs. false information when it comes to specific topics


Those who work in academia, research, civil society, government, international agencies, and private sector. International organizations and associations of public health, social sciences, nutrition and dietetics; social workers, food and culinary professionals and chefs, economists, agricultural engineers, and agri-foods economists

Table of Contents

1. Defining a post-modern world
2. Intricacies of a post-modern lifestyle
3. A word on food security and insecurity
4. The food insecure kitchen
5. Is hunger a cause or a consequence?
6. Building the case for democracy
7. Why geography matters
8. Food crisis trending topics
9. Venezuela and Syria: are we speaking the same language?


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About the Authors

Marianella Herrera-Cuenca

Marianella Herrera-Cuenca MD, MSc, DSc, is a physician who graduated from medical School at Central University of Venezuela (UCV). She holds a Master and a Doctorate in Human Nutrition, from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas where she graduated with honors. She was trained in epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health and recently she completed the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government Executive Program: Applying Behavioral Insights to the design of Public Policies. She is an Associate Professor and Researcher at Center for Development Studies at UCV and is the chair of the Department Development and Health. She is and has been the Principal Investigator for several studies related to food security, nutrition, obesity, energy balance and the double burden of malnutrition and has been able to interact with policy makers and government agents in Venezuela, Latin America, the USA and Europe regarding these topics. Her research interests are social inequities and their associations with chronic diseases and design and conceptualization of public policies for improving population lifestyle. She has been making an emphasis in food and nutrition public policies and early prevention strategies of nutrition associated diseases. Doctor Herrera has been publishing and lecturing nationally and internationally on those topics and has been quoted by international media such as Financial Times, Quartz Magazine, El Nuevo Herald, The Economist, El Tiempo de Bogotá, BBC world, Al Jazeera London, Deutsche Welle and America’s Quarterly among others. She was an invited professor and researcher during summer 2014 at KU Leuven in Belgium and she currently is the President of the international affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition IAAND, is a member of Fundación Bengoa Board of Directors and the president of the Foundation associated to the Venezuelan Health Observatory. Recently, she was the recipient of the Excellence in Public health and Community Nutrition Award from the Public Health and Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic in 2017. Dr Herrera continues her research work in her native Venezuela and Latin America.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Development and Health, Central University of Venezuela – Caracas, Venezuela

Tatyana El-Kour

Tatyana El-Kour is an exceptionally resourceful, dedicated, and knowledgeable Consultant, Policy Strategist, and Global Health & Nutrition specialist, directing leading-edge innovative solutions to complex nutritional issues, and identifying the needs of clients, patients, programs, and organizations. Delivers progressive thinking strategies in implementing programs, projects, and patients on behalf of the United Nations, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, private practices, pharmaceutical and educational organizations. Expert leader, negotiator, and businessperson; able to transform social behaviours, and evaluate diverse populations that align with regulatory requirements. She has more than 15 years of multicultural expertise in national, regional, and global efforts related to policy, application, research, and practice intersecting public health, nutrition, behavioral change, technology, and media. She collaborated in leading the entire Syria nutrition response system, that included developing nutrition care programs, and strengthening advocacy, funding, and profile-raising efforts for this crisis, while providing essential support for the refugees. Ms. El-Kour also led technical efforts for emergency and sustainable nutrition projects in the Middle East region, and Syrian environment. Ms. El-Kour is currently completing her doctoral studies in media psychology. She holds a master’s degree in media psychology from Fielding Graduate University, a master’s degree in medical nutrition therapy from Tufts University, a bachelor of science in dietetics from Kansas State University, and a bachelor degree in nutrition and food technology from University of Jordan. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a recognized fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2015 Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award from Tufts University, the 2011 Outstanding Young Member of the Year Award for PHCNPG and the 2009 Young Professional of the Year Award from Kansas State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Global Health and Nutrition Consultant, Fielding Graduate University – Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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