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Maputo, Mozambique, 15-16 July 2004
15 July, 2004

Opening Address: Mozambican Minister

Session I: Hunger and Food Aid

  • The role of food aid as a mechanism to cope with hunger: a global perspective Dr. Wilma Salgado, Former employee WFP in Latin America
  • The impact of food aid in farmer communities in Mozambique Rogerio Perreira, National Farmers Union of Mozambique (UNAC)
  • The roots of hunger and how food aid works in Zambia Dr. Drinah Nyirenda, Programme Against Malnutrition, Zambia
  • Tackling hunger through food aid from a donor perspective Representative from European Union
  • Towards ensuring Food Soverignty Anuradha Mittal, Director Oakland Institute, United States

Open discussion

11:10- 11:30
Coffee Break

11:30 13:00
Session II: GMOs, Hunger and Food Aid

  • The debate over food aid and GMOs in Latin America (2000-2004) Dr. Elizabeth Bravo, Acció Ecolóica Ecuador
  • The Southern Africa controversy over GM Food aid (2002-2004). Current SADC developments on Hunger, food security and food aid Dr. Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika, Chairperson of the South African Development Community (SADC) Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and Biosafety.
  • Food aid and GMOs: Africa and the consumers right to choose Amadou Kanoute, Director Consumers International Africa Office, Zimbabwe
  • GMOs and food aid in Western Africa Jeanne Zoundjihekpon, GRAIN - Action Internationale pour les Ressources Gééiques, Francophone Africa, Benin
  • Title to be provided by Amadou. Aaron de Grassi, University of Sussex

14:30 15:45
Session III: Drawbacks of the current food aid system

  • The US policy on food aid and GMOs Dr. Thoric Cederstrom, Counterpart International, United States
  • Problems with food aid system in Zambia and the way forward Dr. Drinah Nyirenda, Programme against Malnutrition, Zambia
  • Hunger and food aid in Eritrea Representative from a Development organization
  • Drawbacks and impacts of food aid in Latin America? Dr. Wilma Salgado, Former employee WFP in Latinamerica
  • The role of the churches in food aid delivery Representative from World Council of Churches

15:45 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 18:00

  • Is the aim of food aid to disappear or to perpetuate dependence? Will GMOs move Africa towards food sovereignty or increasing dependence?
  • Rogerio Perreira, Dr. Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika, Jeanne Zoundjihekpon, Dr. Drinah Nyirenda, Mariam Mayet, Amadou Kanoute, Nnimmo Bassey

DAY 2, 16 July

9:00 10:30
Working Group Session I: Identifying main problems & challenges

  • WG 1. The food aid system: Drawbacks and Main challenges.
  • WG 2. GMOs and food aid: Identifying problems and ways to cope with it

10:30 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 11:30:
Reporting to Plenary by WG

11:30 14:45
Session IV: International, regional and national regulation of food aid and GMOs

  • The Food Aid Convention, Codex Alimentarius, WTO and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Presenters: Representative of Consumers International, European Union, Third World Network
  • National and regional regulation of GMOs and food aid Presenters: Dr. Mulenga, Dr. Lewanika, Jeanne Zoundjihekpon, Mariam Mayet

14:45 13:00:
Open discussion

13:00 14:00

14:00 15:30
Working group Session II: Coping with challenges at the national, regional and international level

  • WG 1. How to address the problematic in Mozambique
  • WG 2. Regional Strategies for Africa.
  • WG 3. International challenges. Policy strategies for the FAC, WTO, CPB, Codex, USAID.

15:30 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 16:45
Reporting to Plenary by WG

16:45 18:00
The way forward: How to work towards ending hunger, and the need of food aid in Africa?