The CRS Approach to Agricultural Development and Food Security: Combating global hunger through agriculture

Bruce White works as policy advisor for food security and hunger for Catholic Relief Services. He will discuss the agency’s approach to combating global hunger through agriculture in the event co-sponsored by the Global Health Institute.

He began his career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho in 1987, working as an agricultural extension advisor with small-scale commercial vegetable growers.He went on to manage a USAID-funded national home gardening and nutrition program. The program provided extension services to remote villages in mountain districts on gardening and improved maternal and child nutrition practices.

White also has worked for the Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Development on projects for Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. He then went on to work for Congress and was responsible for the hunger portfolio for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Foreign Agriculture and Hunger under the chairmanship of Representative Tim Penny (D- Minn).

White has directed international programs for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and, while at the National Council for Agricultural Education, built a partnership with the Bread for the World Institute to develop a high school curriculum project on world hunger for FFA classrooms across the United States. More recently, White worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, managing programs that provided technical assistance to African countries to facilitate importation of fruits and vegetables into U.S. markets.

White holds a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in International Development from Tulane.