CONTACT: TOM SNEE
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release:Oct. 14, 2002
Hunger expert Pedro Sanchez to discuss world hunger, global health at
Pedro Sanchez, chair of the United Nations Special Task Force on Hunger
and one of the worlds foremost experts on hunger and sustainable development,
will discuss the effects of hunger and development on world health and security
in a speech at the University of Iowa.
"Sustainable Development, Food Security, and Global Health" will
be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa
Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer
session will follow.
Sanchez speech is part of a two-day visit to UI where he will meet
with various student and faculty groups, UI President Sandy Boyd, and speak
to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Committee.
Sanchez is a former director general of the International Center for Research
in Agroforestry and recipient of the 2002 World Food Prize for his pioneering
research that has restored fertility to some of the poorest and most degraded
soils in Latin America and Africa, while preserving the earths delicate
ecosystem and offering hope to those struggling to survive on marginal lands.
Sanchez, who grew up near Havana, Cuba, led a three-year project in Peru
that helped that country become one of the worlds leading rice growing
nations. His pioneering research also helped create arable land in the Cerrado
region of South Americaan area of non-productive tropical soil the size
of Western Europeand helped African countries increase their agricultural
Sanchez was also one of the first researchers to demonstrate that urban
sprawl and deforestation were destroying productive cropland and intensifying
the hunger problem.
The lecture is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee and the Center for
Global and Regional Environmental Research. Individuals with disabilities
are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are
a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate
in this program, please contact University Lecture Committee in advance at
335-3255. The lecture will be signed by an ASL interpreter.