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GCI Food Summit

Time: September 28, 2010 from 5:30pm to 8pm
Location: Long Room, Customs House
Street: 399 Queen St
City/Town: Brisbane
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Phone: RSVP: To be involved in this public forum please RSVP to or go to before 5pm September 24, 2010.
Event Type: public, forum
Organized By: Global Change Institute Uni. of Qld.
Latest Activity: Aug 19, 2010

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Event Description

Currently over one billion people worldwide are chronically hungry. Paradoxically, an additional one billion are overweight – a significant problem in itself. In terms of volume, there is sufficient food to feed the 6.8 billion people on the planet.

The problem is that food is not evenly distributed – and for obvious reasons. The majority of the world’s poor live in developing countries and do not have the purchasing power to buy from the global food marketplace.

By 2050, Australia is predicted to have a population of some 35 million. With domestic food provision a priority, the nation might not have the ability to send increasing volumes of food abroad. Yet, globally, there will be over 9 billion people to feed – requiring an additional 50-100% increase in current food production.

Given the current, and likely, effects of climate change, water shortages, reduced availability of arable land, and the diversion of food crops to biofuels, biochemicals and bioenergy, it is not surprising that food security is firmly back on national and international agendas.

The Global Change Institute’s Food Security Public Forum is designed to present and discuss these challenges facing us into the future. The Forum aims to discuss and identify ways to achieve a major alleviation of global hunger both now and into the future.

Malcolm Duthie
Country Director, United Nations World Food Programme, Gambia

Mr Duthie, an Australian national, and is the current Country Director for the United Nations World Food Programme in Gambia. He has a degree in Economics and Masters in Social Planning and Development.

David Crombie
President of the National Farmers’ Federation

David Crombie is the President of the National Farmers’ Federation and operates family properties, breeding cattle and farming in southern Queensland. He also holds the positions of Director GRM and Rosewood; Deputy Chairman, FKP; and is the Vice President of the Australian Rugby Union. Previously, David served as Chairman and Board Member of several national agribusiness and advocacy organisations.

Annie Shattuck
Policy analyst, Food First, USA

Annie Shattuck is a policy analyst at Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. She is co-author of the new book Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice with Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel, which examines the root causes of the global food crisis and grassroots solutions to hunger springing up around the world. Her writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Nation, to Foreign Policy in Focus and Ecology and Farming, and is scattered around online media and the academic press. Annie has written and spoken extensively on the global food crisis, agrofuels, and food sovereignty. Trained in biology and agroecology, she has worked in participatory action research, rural development and ecology research in the U.S. and Latin America.

Julian Cribb
Science communicator and author, Julian Cribb and Associates, Australia

Julian Cribb is an author, journalist, editor and science communicator and principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, mining, energy and the environment. His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific correspondent for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication. His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism.

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