Esther Ndichu: Hunger isn’t a food issue. It’s a logistics issue

About this talk: Most people presume that world hunger is caused by a lack of food. But Esther Ndichu, the humanitarian supply chain director at UPS, argues that the real issue is logistics. She points out that food often rots just miles from the neediest people and that farmers often can’t get goods to market. By fixing "the last mile," she shows that hunger can be solved in our lifetime.

About this speaker

Esther Ndichu is responsible for the UPS Foundation’s global humanitarian engagements, where she manages solutions, operations, and support resources for external partners as they prepare for and respond to disasters. In her 10 years at UPS, she has held a range of positions, from air network planning to industrial engineering and revenue management. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Ndichu understands first-hand some of the challenges the humanitarian organizations face when delivering aid and relief, which has grown into a vested interest in seeing UPS expand into Africa and the humanitarian sector. She holds a bachelor’s in international relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and an MBA from the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta. Esther speaks English, Swahili, and French.

About this event

TED@UPS was a TED-curated event featuring a diverse group of speakers from across the UPS community. Jointly produced by TED and UPS, the event put a spotlight on ideas, projects and insights that will contribute to the importance of pushing forward through obstacles.
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