With experiences working in Colombia, Bangladesh, Ghana and other developing countries, George Norton understands the challenges of reducing hunger and poverty worldwide. In his book, Hunger and Hope: Escaping Poverty and Achieving Food Security in Developing Countries, Norton writes that the secret to feeding a nation and the world is not resources, but institutions.
Norton is professor of agriculture and applied economics at Virginia Tech. He and his wife served as Peace Corps volunteers in Columbia from 1971-1973. He also spent three years while earning his graduate degree at the University of Minnesota working with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe in developing a tribal farm.
Norton delivers the keynote address for the Food and Water Security symposium at South Dakota State University on Thursday. The event is sponsored by the South Dakota World Affairs Council. His talk begins at 7 pm in the Volstorff Ballroom. For a full schedule, click here.