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Dawn Moncrief is the founder and president of A Well-Fed World, an international hunger relief and food security organization advancing plant-based foods and farming.
A Well-Fed World’s advocacy and research creates structural change by advancing the food security benefits of plant-based food and farming. Their financial and activity-based programs strengthen food security to achieve immediate impact at the grassroots level.
Through their Sustainable Keys Global Grants program, AWFW distributes more than 200 grants annually, totaling more than $7.5 million with 68 countries represented since 2009. Priority consideration for grants is given to plant-based feeding/farming programs in low-income communities. Additional contributions are provided as needed through AWFW’s Disaster Relief Fund; while their Plants-4-Hunger campaign provides year-round opportunities to alleviate child hunger in Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, and the United States.
In addition to speaking in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Africa, Dawn’s written work includes contributions in: Food Justice: A Primer; The Reducetarian Solution; Striking at the Roots; and Circles of Compassion.
Dawn is a founding board director and board chair for Beyond Carnism and ProVeg International. She also serves as an organizational partner to the International Fund for Africa, Brighter Green, Grow Where You Are, and MaituFoods.
Dawn holds two master’s degrees from The George Washington University: one in international relations, the other in women’s studies—both with a focus on economic development. She was an early participant in the Woodhull Institute’s Ethical Leadership Program and was awarded GWU’s Graduate Prize for Feminist Scholarship for her research, leading to her master’s thesis: Rethinking Meat – Recentering World Hunger Paradigms: A Standpoint Critique of Food Choice, Food Policy, and Overconsumption (2001).
Her work highlights the ways in which the consumption and production of meat and other animal-sourced foods increases disparities and exacerbates global hunger, especially for women and children. She also draws attention to the negative consequences of animal agriculture on climate change and resource depletion.