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Global Food Security Conference

January 2009

Foresight: Food Security
Article by C. Madramootoo and H. Fyles on Food Security
Publication of the McGill Centre for Developing Area Studies

October 2008

Helping Women Respond to the Global Food Price Crisis
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Policy Brief 7.


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), Professor Daniel Uza has called on Nigerians to learn from the lessons of its past failures and plan very well to achieve self sufficiency in food production by the year 2020. He said this in a paper titled, "Food Security Policies and Programmes in Nigeria", delivered at an International Conference on Food Security at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
All Africa

Linking International Agricultural Research Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Poverty Alleviation:What Works?
A working paper from the Center for International Development, Harvard University

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 (FAO website link)
Download full document ( The State of Food and Agriculture 2008 )
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

October 15, 2008

World wakes up to food challenge
BBC News

High food costs 'a global burden'
BBC News

More investment will be needed in farm sector
DAWN, Lahore, Pakistan

World food day messages from Pakistani officials
DAWN, Lahore, Pakistan

October 1, 2008

Conference gives a taste of things to come
The Wst Island Chronicle

September 30, 2008

The Developing World Food Crisis . Article by Donald L. Smith.

CAMPUS: Food Security Conference deemed a success
Madramootoo cites "decline in investment" as a factor in crisis.

Lecture kicks off Food Security Conference
McGill's Global Food Security Conference began last Wednesday in the Mount-Royal Centre ballroom with a public lecture that included a speech by Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, the vice-president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Co-chair Clark discusses global food supplies
Former prime minister emphasizes need to put a face on the crisis.

September 27, 2008

Pour une évolution agricole arc-en-ciel
La crise alimentaire mondiale a jeté une lumière crue sur l'urgent besoin d'investissement massifs et a long terme pour un révolution agricole arc-en-ciel, a conclu hier une conférence internationale organisée par l'Université McGill.

September 26, 2008

International experts converge on Montreal to discuss global food
Experts in agriculture, nutrition and food are gathered at McGill University in Montreal to discuss the global food crisis facing the world.

McGill food conference opens to full house
An impressive array of international experts gets down to work at McGill this morning to tackle the global food crisis.

L'aide d'urgence, pas une solution COLLOQUE SUR LA SÉCURITÉ ALIMENTAIRE
Bien qu'elle fasse moins les manchettes, la crise alimentaire mondiale est loin de s'être résorbée. Les derniers bilans font état de plus de gens qui ont faim et les spécialistes annoncent maintenant que la situation durera encore plusieurs mois, au moins. Et que faisons-nous? Nous éteignons des feux.

McGill Conference on Food Crisis lays groundwork for solutions
McGill University's International Conference on Global Food Security was hailed today as a resounding success by participants, as the three-day event came to a conclusion.

Experts gather in Montreal to discuss worldwide food crisis
Former prime minister Joe Clark urged Canada on Thursday to use its strong standing on the world stage to help in the flight against the global food crisis.

Hungry world faces array of obstacles
Floods, pestilence, war, drought and skyrocketing fuel prices combined this year to create the perfect storm of conditions which are squeezing the world's...

September 23, 2008

Food Security for Africa .
Long-term food security: investing in people and livelihoods

Five-year strategic framework on food security for Africa 2008 – 2012
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

September 18, 2008

McGill conference on Global Food Crisis draws impressive list of international participants
McGill University's upcoming Conference on Global Food Securitiy (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.

September 16, 2008

Dealing with the food crisis

McGill University's Macdonald Campus, home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, is behind the Global Food Security conference being held downtown next week.

September 11, 2008

Guyana promoting agro industry overseas
Guyana is taking positive steps to promote its agricultural products overseas and to this end Agriculture Minister, Robert Persaud and a contingent from the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) will travel to Canada.

September 10, 2008

Latest Schulich gift comes at the right time
On top of being one of the nation's leading philanthropists and a long-time supporter of McGill, Seymour Schulich has impeccable timing. With final preparations under way for the McGill Conference on Global Food Security, Schulich has presented the University with a gift of $5 million to create fellowships for graduate students in several disciplines, including the agricultural sciences.

September 5, 2008

Meeting the Challenge of Higher Food and Fuel Prices in Africa
The World Bank

August 19, 2008

Responding to the Global Food Price Crisis , a technical paper from CHF-Partners in Rural Development

August 2008

The Human Right to Food and the Global Food Crisis: Root Causes and Responses
A special United Nations Webcast took place on August 29, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Public Information, the NGO Committee on Human Rights and the Permanent Missions of Cuba and Malawi.
View webcast, and select the webcast for August 29, 2008.

No food without water
The recent World Food Summit, held in Rome by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), provided a forum for active debate about the role of high oil prices, biofuels, changing consumption patterns and erratic weather in driving up the prices of basic foods.
Read more

July 2008

Farm Foundation - Issue Report, July 2008
What's Driving Food Prices

CBC News
Biofuel production boosts food prices by 75%, report suggests

International Monetary Fund
Responding to the Food and Fuel Price Surge

FAO Newsroom
About 50 million more hungry people in 2007

The Gazette
Monday, June 30, 2008
Rural woes
Joyce Fairbairn

The Gazette
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Flooding in U.S. spurs corn prices to record highs
Andrew Stern

June 2008

Hunger and the Pursuit of Profit. Food System in Crisis

La faim et le profit. Crise du système alimentaire

The Gazette
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Rich soil turning to dust
Marian Scott

The Gazette
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Green plan targets hungry continent
Marian Scott

The Globe and Mail
Friday, June 6, 2008
Unleash the potential of the world’s poor farmers
Lennart Båge

International Federation of Agricultural Producers
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The World Food Crisis: Farmers’ Solutions. Declaration from the 38th World Farmers Congress in Warsaw

The Globe and Mail
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Feeding Frenzy
Sinclair Stewart and Paul Waldie

The Gazette
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
We need massive reinvestment in agricultural research
Chandra A. Madramootoo

The Gazette
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Opportunity in high prices
Christopher Ragan

The Gazette
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Sunshine into fuel
Margaret Munro

The Gazette
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Biofuel: Salvation or perdition?
Margaret Munro

Financial Post
Friday, May 2, 2008
Small ethanol plants key to efficiency
Randall Palmer

The Globe and Mail
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Vietnam’s farmers face paradox of the paddy
Geoffrey York

The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Facing a food crisis, optimists find hope in the dismal science
Sinclair Stewart

The Gazette
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Access to food…denied
Marian Scott

The Gazette
Friday, April 25, 2008
Fears mount as rice prices soar
Jeff Heinrich