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April 11, 2009 | Stanford University

An interdisciplinary, one-day conference on critical issues in food and agriculture worldwide, featuring academics and practitioners from NGOs, government agencies and international institutions


What is "Food for Thought"?

Since the beginning of 2006, world food prices have skyrocketed, causing unrest among the world’s poorest nations. Factors affecting the price-crisis are varied, but involve supply and demand, international food policy, consumer preferences, and climate change, among others.

"Food for Thought" is a one-day conference on critical issues in food and agriculture featuring world-renowned experts in economics, ethics, technology, and the environment. Speakers and panelists will share their perspectives as they relate to food and agriculture globally. What has sparked the recent inflationary spike in food prices? What role, if any, should GMOs play in global food policy? How can we resolve the ethical dilemma of using food crops for biofuels, and are energy policy and global hunger irreconcilable?

Our conference seeks to promote innovative development approaches and to inspire undergraduate and graduate interest in development.

Who should attend?

Undergraduates and graduates alike will benefit from this one-day conference intended to inform, inspire, and involve students from diverse academic backgrounds. The event is also open to faculty, staff, and community members interested in international development.

Who puts it on?

The Stanford Association for International Development (SAID) is a student organization (VSO) at Stanford University dedicated to promoting international development awareness on campus, training and educating the next generation of leaders in global development issues, and bringing together diverse campus resources such as students, faculty, campus centers, and student groups.

Historically, SAID has chosen a major development theme for each annual conference, confronting microfinance, education, energy policy, and water in years past. We also offer a number of other programs that may be of interest to Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. In addition, many of our events and all of our online resources are open to community members and individuals unaffiliated with Stanford.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, attendance at this year's conference is absolutely free!