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Livestock development, food policy and tropical agriculture leaders gather in Minnesota to discuss sustainable food production

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‘. . . Three leaders of worldwide agricultural research centers will discuss “Sustainably Feeding the World” at a University of Minnesota forum on Monday.

‘All three panelists are directors-general of international research institutes that are part of the 15-member network known as the Consultative Group on International Research Centers.

‘They include Carlos Seré, who leads the International Livestock Research Institute based in Nairobi; Shenggen Fan of the International Food Policy Research Institute based in Washington, D.C.; and Ruben Echeverria of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, based in Cali, Colombia.

‘Professor Philip Pardey of the Department of Applied Economics co-directs the HarvestChoice project and will moderate the panel of speakers. HarvestChoice works with all three international centers with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

‘The forum is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics, University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, 1500 Gortner Ave., St. Paul.’ Upcoming science-related events on ‘sustainable’ topics, 12 October 2010.

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