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Release:Oct. 14, 2002

Hunger expert Pedro Sanchez to discuss world hunger, global health at UI

Dr. Pedro Sanchez, chair of the United Nations’ Special Task Force on Hunger and one of the world’s 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 earth’s 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 world’s leading rice growing nations. His pioneering research also helped create arable land in the Cerrado region of South America—an area of non-productive tropical soil the size of Western Europe—and helped African countries increase their agricultural yields.

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.