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  September 30, 2009

Washington, D.C. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) and the Organization of American States (OAS) will host a Food Security Conference this Thursday, October 1st, 2009, in OAS headquarters.

The conference will include two panels featuring a host of experts on food security and other related issues. The subject of the first panel will be, “Creating an Enabling Environment for Investment in Agriculture,” and of the second, “National Food Security Plan: Some Considerations.” Specialists from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Food Programme, and the U.S. Department of State, among others, are expected to participate.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, will deliver opening remarks.

Among the objectives of the Food Security Conference is to bring attention to the needs and opportunities to invest in agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean; to position food security for discussion at the Fifth Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Rural Life in the context of the Summit of the Americas process; and to contribute to the creation of National Food Security Plans in the Member States of the OAS.

WHAT: IICA-OAS Food Security Conference

WHEN: Thursday, October 1st, 2009, 8:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE: The OAS Hall of the Americas
17th St and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

Reference: AVI-065/09