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"Small Plots, Big Change: The Role and Potential of Small Scale Farming to Feed the Hungry"

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The Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) department at Wheaton College presents the eighth annual HNGR Symposium February 28 - March 1. Titled "Small Plots, Big Change: The Role and Potential of Small Scale Farming to Feed the Hungry," this year's symposium focuses on the challenges that are inherent to small scale agriculture. Through the keynote addresses and other events on the schedule, the symposium will explore avenues of engaging and strengthening the work done by small scale farmers. The keynote speakers are Roger Thurow and Dr. Gebisa Ejeta. Roger Thurow is Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is the author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change (PublicAffairs, 2012) and co-author of Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty ( PublicAffairs, 2010). Thurow was awarded the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2009. Dr. Ejeta is the son of small scale farmers and is Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University. Among his many awards, Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize; and a national medal of honor from the president of Ethiopia. Free and open to the public, this two-day event takes place at various locations on Wheaton College's campus. For schedule information, call HNGR at 630.752.5199 or visit www.wheaton.edu/HNGR.

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