Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 17 2002

Concord College to Participate in World Food Day Teleconference, Wednesday, October 16

Athens, W.Va. - Professor Michael Lipton, an internationally recognized authority on rural poverty in developing countries, is the featured guest on the 2002 World Food Day (WFD) worldwide satellite teleconference. He will examine rural poverty’s role in worldwide insecurity and conflict.

Dr. Lipton is the founding director of the Poverty Research Unit at the University of Sussex, England, and was the Lead Scholar for the landmark 2001 Rural Poverty Report, produced by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The 19th annual three-hour teleconference will be aired from the campus of George Washington University on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent for the PBS Jim Leher News Hour is scheduled to host the “Conversation with Professor Lipton.”

Concord College is a host site for the event. The location for the teleconference will be the Marsh Library, B-19.

Making cameo appearances will be former Ambassador George McGovern and
Dr. Louise Fresco, Assistant Director-General of the Agriculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

“The paradox of great hunger and poverty in rural areas and its potential for universal disorder and despair is now apparent,” says Patricia Young, coordinator of the

U.S. National Committee for World Food Day. “We can no longer ignore hunger and poverty in far-off rural areas of countries like Somalia, Afghanistan, and Columbia.”

The 19th annual World Food Day program is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee for World Food Day, a coalition of 450 private organizations, FAO, the U.S. Agency for International Development (US/AID) and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA).

Started in 1981, World Food Day is now observed in more than 150 nations. The teleconference is one of hundreds of programs and activities that are planned each year.

For information about World Food Day, contact Patricia Young, U.S. National committee for World Food Day, 2175 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20437 or phone
1-202-653-2404 or check the WFD website at www.worldfooddayusa.org

For information regarding the teleconference at Concord, contact Dr. Carol Manzione at 1-304-384-5262, or manzionc@concord.edu. There is no charge for the event.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

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