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Welcome to the Press Conference We will begin shortly. Before We Begin: 1.Please use Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari for optimal viewing. Please do not use Google Chrome. 2.Mute your computer speakers. 3.We will mute the phone lines once we begin. 4.Questions will be taken through the chat room throughout the press conference and answered at the end. Please identify yourself and your publication with your question. 5.We have a Spanish speaking media officer with us for questions you’d like to ask in Spanish. 6.In a moment John Rivera will introduce Carolyn Woo who will speak about CRS’ work to feed the hungry and improve food security around the world and how Catholics in the United States support this work in tangible and meaningful ways each year. World Food Day 2012
World Food Day Press Conference with Carolyn Woo President and CEO Catholic Relief Services October 16, 2012
Almost 870 million people go to bed hungry. (1 in 8) Source: FAO
About 75% of the world’s hungry people depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
CRS Works in 98Countries
Use Our Treasure $150 million committed to agriculture, food and nutrition programs over 3 years (2012 – 2015) CRS and InterAction member agencies will dedicate a combined total of $1 billion in private funds in an extraordinary attempt to tackle hunger.
CRS Leads with Compassion and Expertise Innovations to Fight Hunger (3 examples) 1.URBAN GARDENS - Help households increase nutrition and diversified diet year round with easy access, easy to water raised bed gardens (Lesotho) 2.CONNECT TO MARKETS - Help farmers access larger markets for greater profits (Ethiopia) 3.ENGAGEMENT - Create a movement of compassion and engagement in the United States
CRS Rice Bowl Invites us to live out the spirit of Lent during the Year of Faith 12,800 parishes, schools participate Turns Faith into Action Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS
Countries Featured in 2013 Burkina Faso Improving Agriculture East Timor Stopping Tuberculosis Lesotho Early Childhood Education Dominican Republic Community Savings Banks Pakistan Clean Water Diocese of Oakland, CA Local 25% project
Addresses Hunger Locally and Globally 25% fighting hunger in U.S. 75% fighting hunger overseas
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Photo Credits Lane Hartill/CRS Andrew McConnell for CRS Jim Stipe/CRS Lana Slezic for CRS Karen Kasmauski for CRS Philip Laubner/CRS Elizabeth Martin/CRS CRS staff
For more information visit: Media Kit for World Food Day CRS Rice Bowl CRS Newswire for ongoing newsNewswire