For Media

Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Bread for the World Institute
A new report released today by Bread for the World Institute calls for more determined thinking about how U.S. food and farm policies can meet the challenges of the 21st century. The report proposes a rebalancing of farm policies to improve efficiency, encourage production and distribution of healthy foods, support rural development, and help farmers manage risk more efficiently.

?Congress has a great opportunity to trim our federal deficit and fix our broken food system,? said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World Institute. ?Tomorrow the congressional Super Committee will report on how it plans to save taxpayer dollars. Today we are offering a solution that will not only save money but save our country's small farmers.?

The new report, Hunger Report 2012: Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies, calls for a shift from the current patchwork of farm subsidies to a comprehensive revenue insurance program. A well-designed plan would better meet the needs of farmers, reach more farmers, provide a healthy food supply for all, be less trade-distorting, help the environment, and save taxpayer dollars. At a time when so many families depend on food assistance, the report calls for protecting SNAP benefits.

?No child should go to bed hungry or poorly nourished?at home or around the world,? said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group. ?We should be safe from foodborne illness, know where our food comes from, and know what?s in it.?

The report calls for strengthening international food aid while making it more effective by allowing for more local and regional purchase of food aid. The savings could be used to align food aid with what we know about how best to reduce maternal and child malnutrition, especially in the 1,000 days from pregnancy to a child?s second birthday.

?Investments in food security in the Horn of Africa must have the ultimate goal of ensuring that drought does not translate into famine, hunger, and even death,? said H.E. Elkanah Odembo, ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the United States.

?The report is a premier source for information about hunger and food insecurity around the world, and what policy makers should do about it,? said Mariana Chilton of the Witnesses to Hunger Program. ?The report also shows that promoting policies that help women and girls around the world? such as schoolgirls in Pakistan, legislators in Rwanda, and the mothers of Witnesses to Hunger in Philadelphia?is key to a healthy, well-nourished future.?
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