A Devex Newsmaker Event

Strengthening food security: A conversation with US Rep. Chris Stewart

JANUARY 25, 2022 - 11 a.m. ET | 5 p.m. CET


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About the Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the world economy, putting the food security and nutrition status of millions of people at risk. In fact, for the first time in five years, world hunger increased significantly in 2020. Given its disruption to essential nutrition interventions and supply chains and its negative impacts on dietary patterns, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have lasting effects on progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 of zero hunger.

The world is at a critical juncture to get on track toward ending food insecurity and malnutrition. What lessons can be learned from recent setbacks and how can governments around the world support a transformation of the world’s food systems in the years to come? What role does the United States development assistance play in ending hunger and how will crucial multisector interventions be funded?

In this Devex Newsmaker conversation, reporter Teresa Welsh will speak with U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart on the role of Congress in setting the U.S. global nutrition and food security policy, and the prospects for legislation to strengthen U.S. leadership on global nutrition issues.

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11 a.m. ET

Opening remarks

• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

11:05 a.m. ET

One-on-one interview


• Rep. Chris Stewart, Congressman for Utah's Second Congressional District, House of Representatives
• Moderator: Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

11:35 a.m. ET

Fireside chat

• Moderator: Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

11:45 a.m. ET

Closing Remarks

• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex


Representative Chris Stewart

Representative Chris Stewart

Congressman for Utah's Second Congressional District, House of Representatives

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world. Chris has also written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers and have been published in six different countries. Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm for consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children. Chris now serves as a member of the following committees: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Appropriations Committee.

Juan Echanove

Juan Echanove

Senior Director of Food and Water Systems, CARE

Juan Echanove started his career working as food aid monitor in Croatia, Bosnia and Cuba; he then spent five years as chief of party on Central American agriculture programs for the Swedish Development Cooperation, before becoming a policy advisor for Oxfam International and a consultant for DFID, the Spanish Development Cooperation Agency and the UNDP. Later, he coordinated agriculture programs for Solidaridad International in the West Bank and Gaza. In 2004, Juan led the establishment of the South East Asia Centre for Biodiversity and ran the EU Food Security Facility for the Philippines. He lived in Caucasus from 2009 to 2016, coordinating the EU’s agriculture and rural development program, co-designing the national agriculture strategy and successfully establishing more than 1,500 smallholders’ cooperatives across the country. In 2015, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Fleece by the Prime Minister of Georgia for his outstanding contribution to the development of agriculture. Juan joined CARE as an agriculture policies’ advisor in 2016; in 2017 he was appointed Senior Director for Food and Nutrition Security at CARE USA and Chair of CARE International Food and Nutrition Security Steering Committee.

Teresa Walsh

Teresa Walsh

Senior Reporter, Devex

Teresa Welsh is a Senior Reporter at Devex. She has reported from more than 10 countries and is currently based in Washington, D.C. Her coverage focuses on Latin America; U.S. foreign assistance policy; fragile states; food systems and nutrition; and refugees and migration. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa worked at McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She was a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.