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UVI to Host World Food Day Teleconference

Oct. 8, 2004 – The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 21st annual international World Food Day Teleconference on Oct. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Entitled, "The Politics of Hunger: What's at Stake?" the live satellite videoconference will address why the modern world's food system fails to adequately feed 800 million people.
The public is invited to attend the teleconference, which will be telecast live to Room 133 of the UVI Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus.
The program will feature Dr. Werner Kiene, the World Food Program's representative to the World Bank and a noted expert on international food policy and activities. In addition, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venaman will make brief comments.
During the second hour of the teleconference a documentary entitled, "Food Reinventing the World," and a short film by the World Food Program will be aired. The third hour will consist of an interactive question and answer period.
World Food Day activities will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17, from noon until 6 p.m. on the university's St. Croix campus. There will be a food vendors' court, a farmers’ market, food demonstrations, workshops, music, petting zoo, children's games and guided tours of UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station research facilities.
All interested schools and youth groups are invited to take part in the "Kids Can Make a Difference" food drive and the "House of Cans" competition. Donations will be for local food banks and the Grenada relief effort.
UVI's Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station and the V.I. Department of Agriculture sponsor world Food Day. For more information, contact Clarice Clarke at 692-4060.
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