Jenny Eaton Dyer: Renewed hope for ending hunger and feeding the world!

Jenny Eaton Dyer

Jenny Eaton Dyer, a leader and advocate battling the global hunger crisis, joins the podcast. Jenny is the founder of The 2030 Collaborative, and the co-editor of The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope for Feeding the World. She’s worked with Bono, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and many political leaders.

Notes + Discussion Guide:

State of the World with regards to the problem of hunger…   

We discuss Jenny’s book The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope For Feeding The World, which she co-edited.

We talk about her work with The 2030 Collaborative, which focuses on promoting awareness, providing education, and encouraging advocacy for the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to poverty, health, hunger, education, clean water, sanitation, and peace and justice. 

Explain the serious problem of stunting, and why the first one thousand days is so vitally important. How widespread is the issue?

The problem seems overwhelming, and most people who want to help, can’t grasp the breadth of the problem, let alone how they alone can make an impact… 

“You do the thing that’s in front of you…”

Mother Teresa

Teach a man to fish…. How do we teach more about nutritional and sustaining eating and food preparation?

Recognizing the need for dignity of those you are seeking to help. And that’s why I love The Store (by Brad and Kimberly Williams-Paisley)!

Thoughts on how to advocate to our political leaders? I get so frustrated when they focus on pointless and gotcha politics, and do not focus on solving actual problems.

Can we really do this? Can we actually solve this problem when there are governments and political factions actively working against it? Corruption is a major problem with hunger too…

“Jumpstarting a virtuous cycle…”

Melinda Gates

You cannot learn when you are hungry, which means you ultimately cannot have a good paying job to support your family…

The critical role (and political gamesmanship) that foreign aid plays towards the global hunger crisis…

How do people of faith take a leadership role here? This is our most important calling as Christians, yes?

IMPORTANCE OF ADVOCACY – HOW DO WE GET OUR POLITICAL LEADERS FOCUSED ON THE REAL PROBLEMS? There just doesn’t seem to be the political will to really focus on this problem…

We’ve come a long way from Bob Geldof and Live Aid in 1985, which built awareness of the Ethiopian famine…and my first, true exposure to the hunger crisis.

Get a copy of the book here!

About Jenny Eaton Dyer:

Jenny is the Founder of The 2030 Collaborative. As such, she currently directs the Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition with support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation and the Faith-Based Coalition for the Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria with support from Friends of the Global Fight.

Dyer formerly served as the National Faith Outreach Director for the DATA Foundation and The ONE Campaign, Bono’s organization, from 2003-2008. In this role, she worked with religious leaders, authors, artists, and other faith-based leaders to promote awareness and advocacy for extreme poverty and global AIDS issues.

Dyer has written several academic articles and opinion pieces on the intersection of religion and global health. She has been published in TIME,, Huffington Post, Roll Call, Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics, Patheos, Relevant Magazine, Christian Post, Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, and The Tennessean.

She is a co-compiler of The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope for Feeding the World (2019), The Mother & Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope (2015), and The aWAKE Project: Uniting Against the African AIDS Crisis (2002). She is also a contributor Why Save Africa: Answers from around the World (2011)

Dyer holds a B.A. in Religion from Samford University (1999), a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School (2001), and a Ph.D. in History and Critical Theories of Religion from Vanderbilt University (2007).

She lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, John, and two boys, Rhys and Oliver.

Jenny Eaton Dyer