Posted by: irishhungercomm | October 22, 2011

Famine Seminar at The National Library

It is interesting, and gratifying, to see this event as a continuation of the Irish Famine Memorial Day. It will be even better if we can see more events throughout the year.

Invitation to Famine Seminar – National Library October 13th 9.30am – 12.30pm

Received this and I will be attending the National Library on Thursday


A chairde,

The Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht would like to invite you to a public seminar entitled:

‘From The Irish Famine to Post Modern Hunger in the 21st Century’

This will be held in the National Library on the 13th of October 2011,  on the occasion of the third Irish Famine Memorial Day  which took place on 10th September 2011.

An invitation is attached outlining the programme of events and we would be very grateful if you could also issue this invitation to any colleagues that may have an interest in attending.  As spaces are limited RSVP by the 6th of October 2011 is essential.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Kind regards
On the Occasion of the third Irish Famine Memorial Day
Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
cordially invites you to a public seminar
‘From The Irish Famine to Post Modern Hunger in the 21st Century’
In the National Library of Ireland on the 13th October 2011 –  09.30 am – 12.30 pm
09.30 – 10.00       Registration, Tea/Coffee
10.00 –10.10      Welcome Address, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister
of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
10.10 – 10.20       Mr. Kevin Farrell, Ireland’s Special Envoy for Hunger (Chair)
10.20 – 10.45    The Irish Famine: Lessons from a history of famines:  Dr. Éamon Phoenix
10.45 – 11.05        Ireland’s current development focus on the global fight against Hunger – Ms. Jan O’Sullivan T.D., Minister of State for Trade and Development
11.05 – 11.35     Post Modern Famines: Dr. Stephen Devereux, Institute of Development Studies    , University of Sussex
11.35 – 12.15    Plenary Discussion
Spaces are limited for this seminar therefore
RSVP is necessary by 6th of October 2011
Please respond to Trish Carroll, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.
Tel: 01-6313832/

‘From The Irish Famine to Post Modern Hunger in the 21st Century’

The National Famine Commemoration Committee was first established in 2008 following a Government decision to commemorate the Great Irish Famine with an annual, national famine memorial day.  The Committee’s key objective is to develop appropriate arrangements for the commemorations to ensure that the famine, its victims and its legacy are not forgotten.  The Committee also aims to raise awareness of issues of food security and to highlight the strong commitment of the Irish people to humanitarian aid and relief.
Globally, we are moving into major and unprecedented food crises and possible massive world hunger. Food prices have risen drastically over the last three years; prices for maize, wheat and rice have risen by 180 percent. Among the many reasons for this new paradigm shift are the increased demands for food (especially milk and meat) in emerging economies: increasing prices for oil and agricultural inputs and support and subsidies for alternative use of food commodities for biofuel. Declining food stocks and export restrictions in food export by traditional export countries added to the impact of stock market speculation. Higher prices are likely to boost supply, but they also affect the purchasing power, and hence nutritional intake, of the bottom billion people in poorer countries.
In the past, the main issues and concern were about food surpluses and how to deal with them. The main concerns in the future would be food security — of ensuring how an ever growing population, with higher incomes and changing diets can have access to sufficient food. The era of the cheap food policy is over. The number of malnourished people in the world could increase to more than one billion as the world’s population rises from 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion by 2050.
On the occasion of the third National Memorial Day for famine in Ireland which took place on 10th Septemnber 2011. This public lecture is conceived as a forum to promote an open and constructive dialogue among academics and development practitioners and leading development Non-governmental Organisations on how best to combat hunger in the 21st century in low-income food deficit countries.

Keynote Speakers

Minister Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht
Following his re-election to the 31st Dáil, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. was appointed Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the 9th March 2011. He has continuously served in Dáil Eireann since first being elected in 1987. Prior to that from 1982- 1987 he was a Taoiseach’s nomination as member of Seanad Eireann.  Minister Deenihan is currently Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee.

Kevin Farrell, Special Envoy for Hunger, Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid.
Mr Farrell worked for the World Food Programme (WFP) for almost twenty years (from 1989 to 2008) where he has held a number of key positions including Head of Great Lakes Operations in WFP Headquarters in Rome; Head of the WFP in Uganda and Somalia where he managed large and complex programmes; and most recently Head of the WFP in Zimbabwe from 2002 – 2008 where he established and developed one of the largest of the WFP operations in response to the emerging food crisis there.   Prior to his work with the WFP, Mr Farrell also served as field director with Concern in Bangladesh and as Chief Executive Officer in the ISPCC in Dublin.  He also served as Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Iraq Programme in Iraq and Director of Humanitarian Operations for the same Programme in New York.

Dr. Eamon Phoenix,  Principal Lecturer in History at Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University, Belfast.
Dr Éamon Phoenix is Principal Lecturer in History at Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University, Belfast. A political historian, his books include Northern Nationalism: Nationalist Politics, Partition and the Catholic Minority in Northern Ireland. He is co-editor of the recent Conflicts in the North of lreland 1900-2000 (Four Courts Press). He is a daily columnist for the Irish News and a regular broadcaster on Irish history and current affairs. Dr Phoenix is a member of the National Famine Commemoration Committee and the Nomadic Project Board and has a particular interest in Belfast’s Famine grave site at Friar’s Bush.

Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D.
Ms. Jan O’Sullivan T.D. was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Development in March 2011.  She was elected to Dáil Eireann in a by-election in 1998 and re-elected in all subsequent general elections.  Prior to this, Minister of State O’Sullivan was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1993 and leader of the Labour Group.  The Minister of State was also Labour Party Spokesperson on Health, Education and Equality.  Minster of State O’Sullivan was Elected Mayor in 1993 in Limerick and was previously elected to Limerick City Council in 1985.

Dr. Stephen Devereux, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies.
Dr. Stephen Devereux is a development economist working predominantly on food security, famine, rural livelihoods, social protection and poverty reduction issues. His research experience has mainly been in eastern and southern Africa, especially Ethiopia, Malawi and Namibia.   He has been a Research Fellow at IDS since 1996 and was a founding Director of the Centre for Social Protection in 2006 and a Director of the Social Protection for Social Justice conference in April 2011. His books include ‘Theories of Famine’, ‘Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa’, ‘The New Famines’ and ‘Social Protection in Africa’.


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