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2009 Conference Program

Global Food Security Conference

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Conference Co-chairs
Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Marilyn Knox, President, Nestlé Nutrition Canada

Conference Program
October 5-7, 2009

Monday, October 5
Salle Prince Arthur, New Residence Hall, McGill University
3625 Avenue du Parc

Registration opens

13h00 – 13h30
Opening Remarks and Conference Objectives

Chandra A. Madramootoo , Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University
Conference Co-Chairs

13h30- 16h00
Food Security in a Challenging Economic Environment

Representatives of developing and emerging economy countries will speak on their specific country experiences and the impacts of the financial crisis on food supplies.

Marilyn Scott, Director, McGill School of Environment and Associate Professor, Institute of Parasitology
John Kennelly, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Abdul-Karim Adam, Senior Planning Officer, Nanumba North District, Ghana
Harmel Cazeau, Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Ressources Naturelles et du Développement Rural, Haïti
Dereje Biruk Gebremedhin , Team Leader, SWHISA Project, Ethiopia
Victor Dukhovny, Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia
M. Gopalakrishnan , Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
Daniel Uza, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
Dave Conley, The Aquaculture Communications Group, LLC

Open discussion and question period


Monday, October 5, from 17h00 to 18h30
Salon Mont-Royal, Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street

Global Food Security:
Effects of the Global Recession and Future Prospects

René Provost
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and
Director, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University

Michel Barnier
Member of the European Parliament, Former Minister of Agriculture, France
Hon. Michael Chong
Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills
Hafez Ghanem
Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
H.E. Professor Iyorwuese Hagher
Nigerian High Commissioner
David Malone
President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Tuesday, October 6
Salle Prince Arthur, New Residence Hall, McGill University
3625 Avenue du Parc

08h30 – 10h15
Access to Finance and Agricultural Credit: Problems, Challenges and Opportunities

Finance and credit experts, as well as farmers’ organizations will present their perspectives on the effects of the global economic downturn on access and challenges with respect to agricultural credit

Philip Oxhorn, Associate Professor and Founding Director, Institute for the Study of International Development
Caroline Pestieau , Former Governor, ICRISAT

Aly Abou-Sabaa, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank
Jonathan Campaigne , Executive Director, PRIDE AFRICA
François Dagenais , Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
Vincent Giard, Vice President, Quebec Operations, Farm Credit Canada

Open discussion and question period


10h15 - 10h30


10h30 – 12h30
Investments Needed for Agricultural Development

Representatives from international agencies and developing countries will articulate the national investments required in to overcome food insecurity in the long term.

Anwar Naseem, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Jean-Paul Laforest , Doyen - Dean, Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation, Université Laval

Marco Ferroni, Executive Director, Syngenta, Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Mamaru Tsidku Belete , Head, Bureau of Water Resources Development, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia
Christopher Delgado, Strategy and Policy Adviser for Agriculture and Rural Development, World Bank
Michael Hamp, Senior Technical Advisor, Rural Finance, International Fund for Agricultural Developmnent
Mario Renaud, Executive Director, Centre for International Studies and Cooperation, and Co-President, International Agriculture Alliance

Open discussion and question period


12h30 – 13h30


13h30 – 15h15
Research and Capacity Building: Where are the Priorities?

Representatives of national, regional, and international research organizations will discuss the research and development priorities and new technologies required to achieve food security.

Jean Lebel, Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Management, IDRC
Yvon Martel, International, Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Ikenna Onyido, Vice-Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Nigeria
Said Silim, Director - Eastern & Southern Africa, ICRISAT
Dyno Keatinge, Director General, AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center
Paul Mapfumo, Project leader and Regional Coordinator, CIMMYT-Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Ephraim Mukisera, Director, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Open discussion and question period


15h15 - 15h30


15h30 – 17h30
Response of International Agencies to Ongoing Challenges of Food Security

International development experts and representatives of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Task Force on Global Food Security will report on ongoing food security implementation strategies.

Peter Todd, Dean, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Aly Shady, Senior Water Advisor, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Henk-Jan Brinkman, Senior Advisor for Economic Policy, United Nations World Food Programme
Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Christopher Delgado, Coordinator, Global Food Response Program, World Bank
Joe Dewbre, Senior Agriculture Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Robert Patterson, Senior Liaison Officer, Liaison Office for North America, FAO

Open discussion and question period


17h30 – 19h00
Networking Cocktail

Wednesday, October 7
Salle Prince Arthur, New Residence Hall, McGill University
3625 Avenue du Parc

08h30 – 10h30
Markets and Trade: How They Affect Food Security

International trade policies and market liberalization have led to increased food imports by developing countries from the developed countries. Many developing countries therefore became dependent on food imports, which are many times cheaper than those produced by local farmers. Reforming trade, price and subsidy policy is, however, not easy given political sensitivities and vested interests. The gains from reforms are considerable and require a better understanding of the adjustment process.

Caroline Begg, Department of Plant Science, McGill University
Diane Vincent, Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal

Neil Conklin, President, Farm Foundation
Henk-Jan Brinkman, Senior Advisor for Economic Policy, United Nations World Food Programme
Douglas Hedley, Executive Director, Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
Christian Lacasse, Président général de l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)
Maximo Torero, Director, Market, Trade and Institution Division, IFPRI

Open discussion and question period


10h30 - 10h45


10h45 – 12h30
Biofuels: How They Affect Food Security

Speakers will discuss biofuel policies, energy security and global biofuel developments. The impacts of biofuels on the diversion of land away from food production, thereby reducing food availability and driving up food prices will be presented. Trade-offs between food and energy security will be highlighted.

Mark Curtis, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
Vijaya Raghavan, Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

Alex Ablaev, President, Russian Biofuels Association
Shi-You Ding, Senior Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado
Jose Geraldo Eugenio de França, Executive Director, EMBRAPA, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Ronghou Liu, Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Open discussion and question period

12h30 – 13h30

13h30 – 15h15
Climate Change: The Challenges for Food Security

It is estimated that a change in climate could cause food production to drop by as much as 50% in many African countries and by 30% in Central and South Asia. National experts will discuss the impacts of rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns on agricultural production and food security.

Don Smith, Chair, Plant Science Department, McGill University
Gail Chmura, Director, Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3), Quebec

Galina Stulina, SANIRI, Uzbekistan
Bert Drake, Plant Physiologist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Sam Gameda, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Bano Mehdi, Brace Centre for Water Resources Management, McGill University

Open discussion and question period


15h15 - 15h30


15h30 – 17h30
Plenary Session:
Formulation of Recommendations and an International Development Strategy to Overcome the Effects of the Financial Crisis on Food Trade Availability

Conference Wrap-up