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Davos Open Forum 2009 - The Right to Food an Illusion?

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31.01.2009

Davos Open Forum 2009 - Is the Right to Food an Illusion?
Over 860 million people are starving in the world -- and high food prices are fuelling the nutritional crisis even more. One of the reasons for rising prices lies in the global demand for grain: the world population increases, fast-developing nations consume more and production of biofuels soar. At the same time, harvest yields are decreasing as a result of climate change.

1) To what extent is the production of biofuels responsible for global hunger?
2) What influence does speculation have on world food prices?
3) Should hunger be alleviated by genetic engineering and what are the consequences for health and biodiversity?
4) What is the role of international agricultural policy in the global nutritional crisis?

This session is co-organized with the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (SEK-FEPS).

Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Rudolf Rechsteiner, National Councillor and President, Swissaid, Switzerland
Peter H. Staude, Chief Executive Officer, Tongaat Hulett Group, South Africa

Moderated by
Reto Brennwald, Presenter, Swiss Television SF, Switzerland

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