UBC hosted “Food for All: A Conference on Poverty and Global Food Security” on Oct. 15. The conference addressed issues of global food shortages and the volatile upswings in food prices and discussed possible solutions for these issues. Speakers included Marc Lee, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Mark Fried, policy coordinator for Oxfam Canada, as well as UBC faculty members and community representatives. More than 375 people attended the event, including high school students, UBC students, community organizations and groups. The Department of Economics and the UBC Community Learning Initiative (UBC-CLI) supported the event.
The UBC-CLI is also providing Food for All project grant funds that UBC students can apply for. The funds are intended to give students an opportunity to design and implement a project in partnership with a local community-based organizations.
Deadline for application is November. For more information, contact the UBC-CLI at http://www.students.ubc.ca/communitylearning/index.cfm