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Oct. 8, 2004

Politics of Hunger is Topic of Teleconference

The 21st Annual International World Food Day Teleconference, "The Politics of Hunger: What’s At Stake?" will be broadcast Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

The three-hour teleconference addresses the provocative question: Why does the modern world food system fail to feed adequately some 800 million people?"

This event features Werner Kiene, a noted expert on international food policy and activities. The Austrian native, who is the World Food Program’s representative to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, contends that the "politics of hunger" could be called the "politics of neglect." Ray Suarez, a senior correspondent for PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," is scheduled to host the program.

In addition, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venaman will participate. A documentary film produced by Asterisk Productions and a short film by the World Food Program will be aired in the second hour. The third hour will be an interactive question-and-answer period.

The 2004 teleconference, which will reach 1,000 sites worldwide, will be aired internationally with simultaneous translations in Spanish and French. The teleconference originates from the television studios of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. National Committee for World Food day, a coalition of 450 private voluntary organizations, sponsors the event.

The UW-RF broadcast is free and open to the public. For more information on the local event please contact the UW-RF Leadership Center at 715/425-4911, or visit the World Food Day Web site at


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