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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-AU link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>MEDIA ALERT<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>25 March 2011</span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>   <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Contact: Cathy Reade 0413 575 934<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><a href="mailto:cathy.reade@crawfordfund.org"><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>cathy.reade@crawfordfund.org</span></a><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-autospace:none'><b><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>MEDIA WELCOME TO ATTEND<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-autospace:none'><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";text-transform:uppercase'><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.4pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-autospace:none'><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";text-transform:uppercase'>A Food Secure World – Challenging Choices for our North<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-right:248.4pt;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.35pt;margin-bottom:8.0pt;margin-left:1.0cm;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>The recent severe weather experiences have brought into even sharper focus the task ahead for scientists, researchers<span style='color:#1F497D'>,</span> farmers, policy-makers and development specialists – how to ensure food security in the face of </span><span lang=EN-GB style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>the uncertainties and effects of climate change, as well as volatile food prices and a range of natural resource constraints</span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.35pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>T</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>he Crawford Fund’s </span><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Conference “<b><i>A Food Secure World: Challenging Choices for our North</i></b>” in the Undumbi Room Parliamentary Annex, Parliament House, Brisbane on 6 April 2011 includes international and Australian specialists discussing issues around food security of particular relevance and topicality to Queensland. A program is attached.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.35pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.35pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-autospace:none'><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Issues will include:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.35pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;text-autospace:none'><![if !supportLists]><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>  </span></span></span><![endif]><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>to what extent food security will be a problem in the tropics within the next 30 years;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='mso-margin-top-alt:0cm;margin-right:248.35pt;margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:1.0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:0cm;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;text-auto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