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Tuesday October 4
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Moyse Hall (Arts Building)
McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke Street West

Hunger and Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa
David Morley
President and CEO, UNICEF Canada  


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

Wednesday, October 5

08:00 Registration Opens
08:30-09:00 Ministerial Address
The Honourable Beverley J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation
09:00-09:30 Special Keynote Address
The compelling need for effective food systems
David McInnes
President and Chief Executive Officer, CAPI
09:30-11:00 Food Security and Natural Resources
Responsible management of land, water, soil fertility and plant biodiversity is critical to achieving sustainable agricultural production. Competition for these natural resources is affected by foreign investments in agricultural lands, ecosystem degradation, water shortages, biofuel production and climate change. These challenges and conflicts must be addressed to ensure long term global food security.

Don Smith and Jim Fyles, McGill University

Amit Roy, IFDC
Mark Rosegrant, IFPRI
David Hallam, FAO
Brent Paterson, Alberta Agriculture

Health Break
11:15-12:30 Food Safety, Trade and International Markets
Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned over the safety and quality of their food supplies. As the globalization of trade in food continues to expand, there will be consumer and pressure from food retailers and suppliers to ensure the most stringent international food safety standards and good agricultural practices. This may at the same time have implications for less developed countries, in particular, who wish to be competitive in international markets. Will stringent food safety regulations restrict the food trading potential and ability of some countries?

Paul Thomassin and Marilyn Scott, McGill University

Robert Thompson, Johns Hopkins University
Ronald Doering, Gowling Lafleur and Henderson
Spencer Henson, University of Guelph
Bruno Larue, Universite Laval


13:45-15:30 Food Price Volatility
Sudden shifts in food prices are a major threat to food security in developing countries. Price shocks have a major impact on the poor who spend as much as 70% of their income on food. Severe food price volatility is  triggered by weather extremes affecting harvests; reliance on international trade to meet food needs; a growing demand for biofuels and a faster transmission of macroeconomic factors (such as exchange rate volatility) onto commodity markets.

Grace Marquis and Humberto Monardes, McGill University

Daniel Gustafson, FAO
Sergiy Zorya, World Bank
Will Masters, Tufts University
Dudley Adolph, Provincial Department of Agriculture, West Cape, South Africa

Health Break

15:45-17:00 Student Panel: Grassroots Action and Challenges
Communities and individuals who shoulder the responsibility for their own well being are  an important part of effecting positive change in any field which sees an injustice or inequality. While high-level policies will help guide the direction we take as a global population to address food security issues it is important to recognize that organizations working on the ground play a role in shaping the understanding of those high-level decision makers. The aim of this panel is to foster dialogue between community organizations and policy makers.

Carlo Primiani, McGill University
Aline Bennett, Town of Ste Anne de Bellevue, Qc

Sarah Dalle, Unitarian Service Committee of Canada
Chad Lubelsky, Santropol Roulant
Amanda Sheedy, People’s Food Policy Project

Poster Sessions, Networking and Refreshments

Thursday, October 6

08:00 Registration Opens
Public Private Partnerships
The public sector plays a major role in agricultural research and development but is not often effective at bringing products to market. The private sector is potentially more efficient at marketing of input supplies and harvested commodities, but is reluctant to take risk and make major investments to increase small holder productivity. Innovative public private partnerships where donor and public funding leverages private sector investments and complements their technical and value creation process are key to improving global food security, particularly in developing countries where the private sector is not well-embedded.

Douglas Hedley, CFAVM
Murray Isman, UBC

Marco Ferroni, Syngenta Foundation
Kathryn Young, McKinsey & Company
Roger Ménard, Quebec Department of International Relations
Eugene Terry
, TransFarm Africa

Health Break

10:30-12:15 Conquering Global Hunger
Almost 1 billion people are undernourished worldwide and close to 60% of these live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. By 2030 it is estimated that global food production must at least double to meet increasing global food demand. Applied research projects that solve immediate and concrete food security challenges on the ground in the developing world are a major tool to promote long term productive and sustainable agricultural production that make food more secure and nutritious.

Kevin Tiessen and Renaud DePlaen, IDRC

Paul Wilson, University of Nottingham
Aidan Senzanje, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Ottoniel Monterroso Rivas, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala
Festus Murithi, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

12:15-14:30 Lunch and Plenary Wrap Up
Chandra Madramootoo
, FAES, McGill University