From Publishers Weekly
Though tremendous improvements in health and education have helped slow the epidemic of global hunger in recent decades, more needs to be done to help lift people out of poverty, says Beckmann, president of the antihunger advocacy group Bread for the World. Beckmann strongly supports new international efforts such as the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, rock star Bono's ONE campaign, and programs funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But he also shows how no country has made gains in staunching hunger without government antipoverty programs. Beckmann offers a multifaceted solution to domestic poverty, including citizen activism, community soup kitchens, good jobs, and government policies and programs. This book will be appreciated by church groups eager to bolster their charitable outreach, especially since it includes several inspiring vignettes of ordinary Christians doing extraordinary things to help stop hunger. The book's weakness is that it covers too much ground without offering a structured or easily applicable way forward. (Oct.) (c)
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About the Author
is president of Bread for the World and has served at the World Bank on projects to reduce poverty. He founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, helped found the ONE campaign with Bono, and appears regularly in mainstream and religious media. The author of several books on issues of hunger and poverty, Beckmann is a Lutheran minister and has a degree from the London School of Economics.