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World Food Day teleconference to raise world hunger awareness

During the 21st annual World Food Day Teleconference, an international expert on food policy Werner Kiene, Ph.D., will address the provocative question, "Why does the modern world food system fail to feed adequately some 800 million people?"

Gather with others to watch this live broadcast on Friday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Indiana University Northwest’s Moraine Student Center lobby, the World Food Day Teleconference will address the theme, "The Politics of Hunger." During the broadcast, the Student Government Association and other student volunteers will serve bread and soup and will be collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations for northwest Indiana’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Also, singer-songwriter David Harris will perform during intermission.

The program will also feature brief comments from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venaman.

Kiene, a native of Austria, brings a broad knowledge of the policymaking process and worldwide practical experience from a lifetime spent working on economic and social programs, mostly in the developing world. Director of Student Life at IU Northwest Linda Anderson, is on the World Food Day committee. She says the annual event raises the issues surrounding world hunger and brings it home.

"What if something happened here. If our country was cut off from outside food sources, our states, our counties, and then what if our individual households?

This issue of hunger could become very real, very fast," Anderson said. "Rising unemployment numbers have brought the issue home for many Americans in and outside our region."

The annual World Food Day Teleconference is sponsored by the US National Committee for World Food Day, and represents a coalition of 450 private voluntary organizations. The program is also supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Information Agency, and the FAO. More than 150 countries observe World Food Day and more than 1000 sites have participated in recent years.

For more information, please call the Office of Student Life at (219) 980-6793.

  
Published:

10-07-2004

Media Contact:

Kim Kintz
OMC
219-980-6802
kkintz@iun.edu
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