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FAO World Food Day to Focus on Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy

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July 2008: The theme of this year's World Food Day (WFD), to be held 16 October

2008 in Québec City, Canada, will be “World Food Security: the Challenges of

Climate Change and Bioenergy.” “Rarely has WFD assumed greater meaning than at

the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of

hungry people,” said Sidaty Aidara, Chief of WFD events at the Food and

Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

WFD

will seek to raise global awareness about the effects of climate change on

agriculture and the impact of biofuels on food production in a series of

events, including symposia, roundtable discussions, concerts, and a

teleconference on world food issues. FAO will also host the Committee on World

Food Security from 14-17 October 2008, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy,

which will assess the current global food situation and implications for the

future. Special events will also be organized to consider the impact of high

food prices on nutrition and the theme of high prices, food security issues and

policy responses. [FAO press

release] [WFD

website]