Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Garden and Congressional Hearing

Hi Folks,
Sorry i've been out of touch for the past couple weeks, but i've been busy with my new job.
My garden is looking great, in particular the fava bean; they growing strong and tall. I cannot said the same thing about leafy green, slugs are feasting on then, probably because i put too much mulch. Anyway, I'll be posting some pics soon. In the meantime, for those in Washington, check out this Congressional Hearing on Agricultural Development

House Hunger Caucus Briefing Thursday, June 5th Long Term Solutions to the Food Crisis: Agricultural Development

Please join the House Hunger Caucus for a briefing on “Long Term Solutions to the Food Crisis: Agricultural Development”

10:30 AM on Thursday, June 5th in 2105 Rayburn HOB.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food prices are up 57 percent from March 2007 to March 2008. Certain crops, such as wheat and corn, have increased at even faster rates, leaving many people in the world priced out of meeting their basic needs. While short term safety net programs and emergency food assistance are crucial to meet the immediate need, agricultural development is necessary to address hunger in the long term.

Panelists discussing agricultural development to address the food crisis will be:

  • Cheryl Morden, Director of the North American Liaison Office of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Amit H. Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development
  • Nick Minot, Senior Research Fellow of the International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Peter O'Driscoll, Executive Director of Actionaid International USA

Representatives Earl Pomeroy (ND-at large), Jerry Moran (KS-01), Jim McGovern (MA-03) and Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) will co-chair the briefing.

We hope you and your staff will be able to attend this important briefing. If you have any questions about the briefing or the House Hunger Caucus, please feel free to contact Rachel Winch at 5-6101. Sincerely, s/ James P. McGovern, Jo Ann Emerson, Earl Pomeroy, Jerry Moran, Hilda Solis, Ray LaHood