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International Press Conference: “The World Faces Dire Food Shortages”

April 6, 2009

ZURICH, Switzerland, April 6 /PRNewswire/ — An Urgent Call to Action by
“The Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture”

    International Press Conference (incl. telephone conference, audio
    webcast)

    16 April 2009, 3 PM CET

    Hotel Maritim proArte
    Friedrichstrasse 151
    Berlin, Germany

In response to the growing threat of global malnutrition and food
insecurity, the recently established Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture
(HFFA) – a unique group of internationally recognised experts from science,
civil society and industry – has urged the immediate adoption of a five-point
plan of action, entitled “Food First”.

The Forum believes that without immediate action, the world faces an
increasingly uncertain future with food shortages likely to worsen and expand
to the developed world, leading to increased inflation, political and
economic instability as well as social unrest.

“Food First” will be launched at an international press conference in
Berlin at the Hotel Maritim. Speakers will include

    - Prof. Harald von Witzke, Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture,
      Humboldt University Berlin, President and Speaker of the Steering
      Committee of HFFA

    - Prof. Phil Pardey, Departement of Applied Economics, University of
      Minnesota, Member of HFFA

Prof. von Witzke will present his new and yet unpublished research on the
future development of global food prices. Prof. Pardey will reveal the so far
publicly unnoticed and rapidly growing gap between agricultural research and
the urgent need for poductivity improvements in agriculture.

One day before G8 agricultural ministers will meet in Treviso, Italy, we
invite you to attend and report on this important initiative.

    If you are unable to attend in person, dial in details are as follows:

    - Telephone conference: +49-69-247-501-899

    - Audio webcast: http://79.99.138.12/index.html?recording_id=6688
    (PIN: 20090403) (please download the indicated player)

Invitation to The Launch of “Food First”

We very much welcome your participation. Please confirm your attendance
by e-mail (brauchbar@advocacy.ch) or fax (+41-44-420-18-61) until 9 April
2009
.

    Contact:
    Mathis Brauchbar
    Tel.: +41-43-499-06-90
    E-Mail: brauchbar@advocacy.ch

SOURCE Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture


Source: newswire



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