Food Prices and Political Instability
Almost 1 billion people in the world today, most living in developing nations, are food insecure, undergoing periods when daily food intake is below minimum survival levels.
As food prices rise, the poor are forced to allocate a greater proportion of their income to food purchases with the consequences of not being able to purchase medicines, have financial access to health care, have access to clean water and sanitation, or be able to provide for the educational needs of children in the family. This can lead to social unrest and the potential for political instability.
The Fifth McGill Conference on Global Food Security brings together different players from the agricultural sector, from producers to policy makers, and includes a breadth of subjects critical to food security: nutrition, food safety, water resources, climate change, trade, markets and biofuels, with speakers and participants from more than 25 developing and developed countries. Through plenary sessions and cross-sectoral dialogue, the annual Conference will produce concrete outcomes that will lead to improving the availability of a secure and safe food supply for people suffering from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
The Fifth McGill Conference on Global Food Security will start on the evening of Tuesday October 16 with a Public Lecture by a leading international dignitary, followed by two days of conference sessions that will examine the consequences of high and volatile food prices on societal and government short- and long-term stability. Through session question periods, the plenary session and cross-sectoral dialogue, the annual Conference is designed to encourage exchange of information and ideas and further understanding of solutions to global food insecurity.
Registration fee includes lunches, breaks and a networking cocktail. This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a high level, well recognized and well established international event on global food security.