Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala

In his new hour-long special available February 1, 2020, Rick Steves travels through Ethiopia and Guatemala to learn about extreme poverty — the more than 700 million people who struggle to live on less than $2 a day. Ending hunger is possible. And, with travel as our classroom, we'll learn about innovative solutions, including the importance of water access, education, empowering women, and smart development aid.


Length 57 minutes. Release February 2020.

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Contact: Danielle Winslow, danielle@ricksteves.com, 425-608-4223
For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 30, 2020
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Rick Steves Releases His Latest Special Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala February 1, 2020

 

EDMONDS, WA — Thursday, January 30, 2020 — Travel writer and public television host Rick Steves is set to release his latest special Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala on February 1, 2020. In this hour-long documentary, Steves ventures beyond Europe to learn about the key aspects of extreme poverty and how communities in the developing world are overcoming these challenges. Working closely with experts and locals, Steves unpacks the important role that clean water, education, nutrition, and empowered women play in ending hunger. Rather than focusing on charitable giving as the sole solution, Hunger and Hope explores how communities are using smart development to rise out of extreme poverty and gain independence. Hunger and Hope's distinctively optimistic tone challenges viewers to rethink how we view and address world hunger.

"Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala is five minutes desperation and fifty-five minutes of hope," said Steves. "This isn't another documentary that wallows in the all-too-common theme of guilt and hopelessness. Instead, viewers will walk away feeling encouraged and hopeful."

To better understand how communities in Ethiopia and Guatemala are addressing extreme poverty, Hunger and Hope includes stories from local farmers, small business owners, social justice advocates, and others who are accessing resources and finding innovative ways to pull their families and communities out of poverty. With the help of nonprofit organizations (NGOs) Steves also learns how financial literacy and health education are providing long-term opportunities for locals — and why investing in the fight to end hunger is a good and practical investment as global citizens.

Hunger and Hope releases on public television stations nationwide on February 1, 2020 (check local listings for airdates and times). The program is presented nationally by Oregon Public Broadcasting and distributed by American Public Television (APT).

About Rick Steves

Rick Steves, a public television host and author of dozens of guidebooks, is America's most respected authority on European travel. Steves took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. As an 18-year-old, Steves began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, located in Edmonds, Washington. His mission is to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Steves is also active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger.  

About Rick Steves' Europe

Located in Edmonds, Washington, Rick Steves' Europe produces a best-selling guidebook series on European travel, America's most popular travel show on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, and free travel information available through ricksteves.com. Rick Steves' Europe also runs a successful tour program, organizing tours for more than 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. In a move to help mitigate the carbon emissions from Rick Steves' tours, the company announced its self-imposed $1 million carbon tax in 2019.

About American Public Television

American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation's public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and one-fourth of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT's diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children's series and classic movies. America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, AfroPoP, Rick Steves' Europe, Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Television, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Lidia's Kitchen, Kevin Belton's New Orleans Kitchen, Simply Ming, The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, and P. Allen Smith's Garden Home are a sampling of APT's programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television's premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT's programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

Program Descriptions

RICK STEVES HUNGER AND HOPE: LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIA AND GUATEMALA
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February 2020


Rick Steves Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala [30 words]

In this hour-long special, Rick Steves travels through Ethiopia and Guatemala to learn about extreme poverty and its solutions, including smart development aid, empowering women, child nutrition, and education.

Rick Steves Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala [60 words]

In this hour-long special, Rick Steves travels through Ethiopia and Guatemala to learn about extreme poverty — the more than 700 million people who struggle to live on less than $2 a day. Ending hunger is possible. And, with travel as our classroom, we'll learn about innovative solutions, including the importance of water access, education, empowering women, and smart development aid.

Rick Steves Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala [123 words]

In this hour-long special, Rick Steves ventures beyond Europe. Traveling through Ethiopia and Guatemala, he learns from locals and experts about key aspects of extreme poverty and how to beat it. Together, we'll witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first 1,000 days. And we'll see firsthand the impact of globalization and the effects of climate change. More than 700 million people remain in extreme poverty — struggling to live on less than $2 a day. But with the help of innovative solutions and smart development aid, world hunger has been cut in half in the last generation. Ending hunger is possible. And, with travel as our classroom, we can learn about both the challenges and the solutions.

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Girl filling a water bottle in San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala. Download image

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Farm outside of Axum, Ethiopia. Download image

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Child making the trek to fill a water bottle near Hawassa, Ethiopia. Download image

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World Food Programme health post near Hawassa, Ethiopia. Download image

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Woman preparing food in Agros International's El Paraiso community in Nebaj, Guatemala. Download image

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Cameraman Sean White, producer Simon Griffith, cameraman Karel Bauer, and Rick with villagers in Ethiopia. Download image

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Rick and TV crew with Chris Megargee of Agros International, in El Paraiso, Guatemala. Download image

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Rick with new friends in Axum, Ethiopia. Download image

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Rick with village kids in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Download image

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Rick in a village near Hawassa, Ethiopia. Download image

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Rick learning about Ethiopia's growing economy at the Hawassa Industrial Park. Download image