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Middle Years Students in Brandon Tackle Global Food Crisis

Released on April 15th 2010

On Wednesday, April 14 students from the Brandon area will feed their appetite for change at MCIC’s Generating Momentum conference.

The conference will bring together students Boissevain School, Douglas Elementary, Meadows School, Sioux Valley School, Tanner’s Crossing School and Virden Junior High will come together for a day of interactive learning on global food issues. The purpose of the Generating Momentum for Our World: Appetite for Change conference is to get youth informed and empower them to take action in their schools and communities on these issues.

“If we are going to create a world without hunger, it is crucial to get youth involved in this process,” says MCIC Executive Director Janice Hamilton. “Today’s young people are more aware of what’s happening in the developing world and are looking for ways to take action. We are giving them the skills and tools they need to do this.”

Conference participants will learn the facts on global hunger and explore influencing factors such as trade relationships, climate change, armed conflict and agrofuels. They will also examine potential solutions, such as fair trade and small-scale farming. An international guest, Juan Raul Junay from Guatemala, will give a presentation on food challenges related to mining in his home country.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum: Appetite for Change conference

Wednesday, April 14

Agricultural Extension Centre, 1129 Queens Ave. Brandon, Manitoba

9:00 am – 3:15 pm

The morning session will include an opening plenary and circuit sessions on public speaking and event planning. In the afternoon, students will participate in creative workshops on theatre, digital photography, silk screening and movie making. Media are recommended to stop by around 2:00pm for ideal photo opportunities.

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of 40 organizations involved in international development. An independent non-profit organization, MCIC is responsible for distributing funds from the Government of Manitoba designated for international development and emergency relief. MCIC also works within Manitoba to build understanding and engagement on international issues.