The IU Northwest Office of Student Life is proud to participate in the 23rd annual World Food Day Teleconference on Oct. 16. This year’s presentation is titled “Power of the People: Bottom Up Solutions to Hunger.”
The Office of Student Life will broadcast the Washington D.C.-based teleconference at the Moraine Student Center Lobby on the IU Northwest campus, 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. During the broadcast, 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.
This year’s teleconference program will be a follow-up of 2005 program, in which Frances Moore Lappè framed the issue of hunger not as a shortage of food but as a shortage of democracy. This year’s discussion will examine the unique and potentially powerful role played by the hundreds of grassroots movements that are working toward a hunger-free world.
Three international leaders with hands-on experience and knowledge about such “homegrown” endeavors will speak at the event: Dr. Makanjuola Olaseinde Arigbede of Nigeria, a full time development activist who trained as a doctor of medicine; Eva Clayton (former congresswoman from North Carolina) who has just retired as Associate Director-General and director of the International Alliance Against Hunger for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN; and Dr. Deepa Narayan, of India, who is senior adviser in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management of the World Bank, and author and team leader of the Voices of the Poor initiative.
The annual World Food Day Teleconference is sponsored by the U.S. 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 IU Northwest Office of Student Life at (219) 980-6793.