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The World Food Crisis and the Global South Conference: Two-day Conference

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 (All day) to Wednesday, January 28, 2009 (All day)

Time: 9.30am (registration 9am) - 5pm

Venue: The Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG
 
Details: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the "rapidly escalating crisis of food availability around the world has reached emergency proportions". Food prices in almost all developing countries have been increasing at an accelerating rate. The perception that there exists a 'global food crisis' is commonplace, with claims that the 'era of cheap food' is over. Yet there is no consensus on either the causes or the long-term implications of the current situation. Any analysis of the contemporary food crisis must take into account a broad-ranging set of issues with which it overlaps: 'food security' policies and debates; agricultural policies and market reforms; land use, climate change and the environment; genome technology; rural livelihoods, poverty and hunger; international aid and trade.
 
This two-day conference will bring together key academics, policymakers and NGOs to explore current debates on the food crisis, its causes and implications for less industrialised nations. Day 1 offers reflections from leading commentators on global food policy and production. Day 2 examines the implications of the food crisis for Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event is co-organised by the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the SOAS Food Studies Centre. It is funded by the Institute for the Study of the Americas, SOAS, JISLAC and the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office.
 
Day 1: The World Food Crisis & the Global South
 
Lawrence Haddad, Director, Institute of Development Studies, 'The Fault-Lines in Global Food Policy'

Suman Sahai, Gene Campaign, India, 'Current Challenges to Food Security: Climate Change, Agrofuels and GMOs'

Peter Utting, Deputy Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, 'Food Insecurity and Inclusive Development: Is Corporate Social Responsibility a Solution?'

Steve Wiggins, Overseas Development Institute, 'Does the Food Price Spike of 07/08 Mean the World Food System is Broken? Causes, Remedies and Prospects for the Future'

Andrew Dorward, Food Studies Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, 'What should We Learn from the 2007 World Food Crisis?'

Jim Sumberg, New Economics Foundation, 'Links between the Food Crisis, Food Security and Social Injustice within the Food System'

Philip Woodhouse, Manchester University, 'Productivity Constraints in African Agriculture'

Mark Harvey, University of Essex, 'Brazilian Prospects: Food and Fuel and Sustainable Economic Growth?'

Day 2: The World Food Crisis: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives
 
Maximo Torero, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC

Peter Rosset, Centre for the Study of Rural Change, Mexico, 'The World Food Price Crisis, La Vía Campesina, and Food Sovereignty'

Canrobert Costa Neto, Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, 'The Landless Workers Movement MST/Via Campesina in Brasil and the Food Crisis/Biofuels Question'

Emily Morris, International Institute for the Study of Cuba, LMU, 'Food Security in Cuba: Achievements and Problems of a Unique Policy Model?'

Elisa Botella Rodriguez, Institute for the Study of the Americas, 'Cuba's Agrarian Policies (1990-2008): An Inward Looking Development Model'

Duncan McGregor, Royal Holloway University, 'Environmental Change and Caribbean Food Security: Recent Hazard Impacts and Domestic Food Production in Jamaica'

Allessandra Spalletta, Co-ordination Europe-Haiti, 'Food Security in Haiti'
 
Convenors: Maxine Molyneux, Kate Quinn, Graham Woodgate, Institute for the Study of the Americas

Daily registration fee: £5 Students, £10 Others

Further information: For details about registration and the full conference programme visit www.americas.sas.ac.uk/events.php  or contact Agnieszka Gillespie, Marketing Officer, Institute for the Study of the Americas & School of Advanced Study +44 (0)20 7862 8879 .