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McGill conference on Global Food Crisis draws impressive list of international participants
Date:9/15/2008

McGill University's upcoming Conference on Global Food Security (Sept. 24-26) has attracted a long list of important players in key organizations around the world to discuss solutions to a problem that might have fallen off media radar screens, but which has not gone away.

The latest development in this crisis lies in our own hemisphere, where Haiti has been hammered by hurricanes this summer, bringing death, destruction and more strain on that impoverished nation's food supply.

The Haitian experience is part of a conference session called "Voices from the Field". People from eight nations will recount experiences trying to provide food when there isn't enough or when it has become too expensive.

The conference, perhaps the only one of its kind in the world so far, will draw representatives from agriculture, the food industry, governments, academia and NGOs to discuss critical problems of food supply and affordability as well as looking ahead to ways to solve these crippling problems.

Here's a list of some of the key conference participants.

  • Kanayo Nwanze

    As Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a United Nations specialized agency and an international financial institution with a mission of enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty, Mr. Nwanze brings more than 30 years of extensive experience devoted to the improvement of livelihoods of poor rural communities.

  • David Malone

    The President of the International Development Research Centre, Dr. Malone is a career foreign service officer who has served as Canada's High Commissioner to India. He was also Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, responsible initially for Africa and the Middle East and subsequently for global issues, where he oversaw Canada's multilateral and economic diplomacy. He is a graduate of the Universit de Montr
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Contact: Douglas Sweet
douglas.sweet@mcgill.ca
514-398-6752
McGill University
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