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The Future of Food Conference is taking place May 4, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The conference will bring together many of the world’s leading experts on food to discuss the question “How is American and international food production changing to respond to growing demand from consumers for healthier food?” The conference will be broadcast live on washingtonpostlive.com beginning at 9:00 a.m. on May 4th.


“Women in Agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development” is a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report documents the different roles played by women in rural areas of developing countries and provides solid empirical evidence on the gender gaps they face in agriculture and rural employment. To read the report, please visit the FAO website.

“Agro-ecology and the right to food” is a report produced by Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Based on an extensive review of recent scientific literature, the report demonstrates that agro-ecology, if sufficiently supported, can double food production in entire regions within 10 years while mitigating climate change and alleviating rural poverty. To read the report, please visit the Special Rapporteur’s website.