Southeast Missouri State University

Where the Streets Have No Names

John Casebolt

“Where the streets have no names” was only one of the phrases that caught my ear. Another was, “We don’t have to have all of the answers, but we’d better get the right people to the table.” And the final one, “We are about to go out of business in Angola.” These were the words of Josette Sheeran, the executive director of the World Food Program. She brought her little red cup along and spoke today at CSIS on the topics of world hunger, food production and distribution, and the challenges facing the world out to the year 2050.

I have traveled to areas where the streets do not have names (and of course remember the song by U2). I have often said, “I don’t need to have all the answers, I just need to know where to find them.” However, foreign to me was Sheeran’s statement on going out of business as an ultimate aim. She noted that in Angloa the WFP has found success. They not only fed the hungry but assisted them find the means to feed themselves. Now they are no longer needed and are going out of business.

My message to Josette Sheeran and the rest of the WFP: I hope we see a day when you are totally  “Out of Business” and no one goes hungry.