Tuskegee University president attends UN-sponsored conference
ROME, Italy (October 20, 2011) — Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon attended the World Food Day Conference in Rome, Italy on Oct.19-20. The event, which was sponsored by the U.N., is meant to raise awareness of the world’s food problems and strengthen the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Observance of World Food Day was started by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1979.
This year’s theme is “Food prices – from crisis to stability.” The causes of swings in food prices and solutions to help reduce the negative impact of food cost increases on the poor were discussed during the conference. According to the conference’s website, “Price swings, upswings in particular, represent a major threat to food security in developing countries. Hardest-hit are the poor. According to the World Bank, in 2010-2011 rising food costs pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty.”
Rochon was the special guest of Jacques Diouf, director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. On Oct. 10, Diouf gave a presentation on world hunger and food problems during Tuskegee’s third International Food and Nutrition Conference. Afterward, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Rochon.
Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon and Walter Hill, dean of the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, attended the World Food Day Conference in Rome, Italy on Oct.19-20.