Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman on June 23 opened the first ever Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agricultural Science and Technology that has brought ministers of agriculture, health and environment from over 120 nations to Sacramento for an unprecedented three days of dialogue on the role of science and technology in reducing hunger and poverty in the developing world.

"The World Food Summit goal is to reduce global hunger by half by the year 2015," Veneman said. "At this conference, we will look at technology's role in speeding our progress towards feeding the more than 800 million people who suffer from hunger and malnutrition, providing nutrition to the malnourished and lifting those in need out of poverty."

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