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Campus to participate in World Food Day telecast

10/7/2008 —

World Food Day is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger. It is observed each October 16 in recognition of the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The first World Food Day was in 1981. (From www.worldfooddayusa.org).

This year's program is entitled Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in all or part of this international teleconference, which will provide an overview of the current state of climate change as a factor affecting world hunger, global peace and security. The teleconference will examine the issues affected, the challenges posed and diversity of approaches that will be required to respond. As one expert has said the “catastrophes are not democratic.” The multifaceted ripple effects are being felt from Main Street to the UN and are inspiring urgent searches for new civil society partnerships including the academic community. Three experts from very different backgrounds will be our guests. Dr. Nancy Birdsall, founding president of the Center for Global Development; Dr. Siwa Msangi, from the International Food Policy Research Institute; and Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s Secretary of State will discuss the many cross-cutting issues and consider ways to encourage collaborative efforts by concerned citizens in every sector of society. (www.worldfooddayusa.org)

The talk is sponsored by the Teaching International program, which has food security as the theme for this year.The talk is sponsored by the Teaching International program, which has food security as the theme for this year.

Date: October 16, 2008
Time: Noon- 3 pm
Location: Ostermayer Room, SCC

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