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2014 Conference

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On Tuesday October 28 and Wednesday October 29, 2014, the McGill Institute for Global Food Security will host the 7th McGill Conference on Global Food Security to explore strategies and solutions that effectively address food insecurity and global hunger. The Conference will open on the evening of Tuesday October 28 with a Public Lecture by a leading international dignitary, followed by a full day of conference sessions, a poster competition, and a networking cocktail in the evening.

Since its inception in 2008, the annual McGill Conference on Global Food Security has uncovered critical issues affecting the world’s poorest and undernourished populations. The themes from the previous six Conferences: The World Food Crisis: Framing a McGill Response (2008); Impacts of Global Financial Turmoil on Food Security (2009); Food Security, Water Scarcity, and Nutrition (2010); Risk and Threats to Food Security (2011); Food Prices and Political Instability (2012); and Strategies against Food Insecurity and Hunger (2013) serve as the cornerstones for this year’s theme: Food Security Beyond 2015. By integrating outcomes from the previous Conferences, it is apparent that food security strategies need to better incorporate the overlap between i) sustainable food production, ii) income generation, iii) nutrition, and iv) institutional stability to improve the nutritional status of the world’s poorest people.  

Moreover, through cross-disciplinary dialogue – including a student-led panel as a central part of the Conference program – the annual Conferences have also produced critical pathways for exploring global strategies and local solutions. Participants attending the conference, which include representatives from government, students, academics, the private sector, national and international non-governmental agencies, and civil society, will have the opportunity to be part of the unveiling of a new era in which improved nutrition status of global populations is driven by agriculture as its sole raison d’être.

Focusing on strategies and solutions against food insecurity and hunger, propelled by McGill’s longstanding dedication and expertise in agriculture and environment, nutrition, and food security, the Conference provides a unique forum to foster a global paradigm shift; a shift towards convergence of understanding and commitment to reduce hunger and malnutrition. This is truly an exceptional opportunity to be part of a recognized and well-established international event on global food security.

We welcome you to join us at the 7th McGill Conference on Global Food Security on October 28th and 29th, 2014 and to be an active voice in the discussion regarding one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and environmental challenges: growing nutritious food for a growing global population.

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