GORTA TO BROADCAST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ONLINE
– Irish charity hosts World Food Day Conference on October 16th
On Friday October 16th, the global spotlight will be on the critical issue of accelerating levels of hunger and malnutrition. In Ireland, Gorta – the Freedom from Hunger Council of Ireland, will gather a host of Irish and international speakers to consider the challenges and potential solutions to this, the number one risk to health worldwide.
This year, for the first time, the conference will be accessible throughout Ireland – and beyond – via a webcast on www.gorta.org/webcast commencing at 9.15am on Friday next, October 16th.
“We have tens of thousands of donors scattered throughout Ireland who make our work possible, and we want to make this annual conference accessible to them, as well as the army of volunteers who help with a wide range of fundraising initiatives, including volunteering in our charity shops and helping with church gate collections. We are extending this invitation to your readers, as we hope some of them can look in on the conference,” said Gorta CEO, Brian Hanratty.
The conference will commence with participation by the audience of over 150 representatives from the business, non-profit and public sector in a ‘Pledge to Stand against Poverty’ – part of a global mobilisation of over one hundred million people.
In addition, the conference will also address the pressing challenge of climate change, a phenomenon created in the main by wealthy industrialised countries but which is threatening the world’s poorest, who are least well prepared to counter the adverse effects of drought, flooding and food shortages.
For those unable to attend the conference or watch the live webcast, Gorta will be micro-blogging from the event on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/Gorta) and video highlights will be available on Youtube (www.Gorta.tv).
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• Gorta is Ireland’s longest established overseas aid agency and has been tackling the issues of food security throughout the developing world with the support of tens of thousands of donors nationally since 1965. Gorta’s name, meaning “famine”, acknowledges its close association with extreme hunger, both historically in Ireland, and where it exists around the world today.
• Gorta’s mission is to work for a world free from the injustices of chronic hunger, poverty and disease, having special regard for the plight of children and the empowerment of women. Gorta establishes partnerships with local communities, and supports local leadership to ensure their needs are met in a sustainable way.
• Programmes and projects supported by Gorta are located predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa where the need is greatest. Their objective is to help people become self-sufficient in food production and income generation thereby creating a secure future for generations to come. Gorta supports agricultural activities including livestock rearing, irrigation schemes and other water-based projects. The support of education, healthcare initiatives and income generating activities also forms part of Gorta’s work.
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