Academic Conference Call: Food Security in the Twenty-First Century

Professor Graddy will be hosting this “phone-in” in her office (SIS 306) on Wednesday, March 28, from 12-1 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you and your students to participate in the next Academic Conference Call on Wednesday, March 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET). Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will discuss food security.

Ms. Bertini currently serves as co-chair of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs’ global agricultural development initiative and chair of its girls in rural economies initiative. For two years, she was senior fellow, agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Bertini was the driving force behind reform of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), where she was the chief executive for ten years. She was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her leadership at WFP in ending famine and decreasing hunger. Ms. Bertini was appointed executive director of the WFP in 1992 upon the recommendation of President George H. W. Bush and was re-appointed with the support of the administration of President William J. Clinton.

We ask that professors convene students in a group to participate. Typically, professors have found it convenient to gather in a classroom or host students in their office around a speaker phone. Please reply to this email if you would like to make this call available to your students, and we will send you the toll-free dial-in number and password one day prior to the call.

We encourage questions from students during the call. As background for the discussion, you may wish to have your students review the following materials:
1) Catherine Bertini, “Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies,” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2011.
2) Catherine Bertini and Dan Glickman, “Object Lessons in the Value of Helping the World’s Poorest Farmers,” Huffington Post, October 31, 2011.
3) “World Disasters Report 2011- Focus on Hunger and Malnutrition,” International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, September 2011.
4) Toni Johnson, “Food Price Volatility and Insecurity,” Backgrounder, Council on Foreign Relations, August 9, 2011.
5) “Feed the Future Guide,” U.S. Government, May 2010.
6) “Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty,” The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2009.
7) Catherine Bertini and Dan Glickman, “Farm Futures: Bringing Agriculture Back to U.S. Foreign Policy,” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2009.

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