Reorienting Humanitarian Responses for Long-Term Food Security Solutions with Tjada McKenna

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Tjada McKenna, CEO of Mercy Corps, joins CSIS’s Caitlin Welsh and Jacob Kurtzer to discuss food security programming in conflict and crisis settings. Ms. McKenna emphasizes the importance of long-term approaches to humanitarian work, especially for nutrition and food security outcomes. She also describes the impacts of Covid-19 on Mercy Corps and the humanitarian aid sector writ large, including how the pandemic has exacerbated some crises while also enabling new perspectives and responses. Finally, she shares some steps Congress and the humanitarian community can take to make interventions more effective moving forward.