Technology can play a role in combating the global food crisis, according to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Shapiro recently moderated a United Nations Private Sector roundtable discussion on the topic. The roundtable was part of a broader UN Private Sector Forum that featured global business leaders and key UN officials discussing Millennium Development Goals and Food Sustainability.

“Technological innovations can help solve the global food crisis and as industry leaders, we must collaborate with governments and the United Nations to promote the use of new technologies for food security and sustainability,” said Shapiro. “Advancements in technology not only contribute to the efforts to fight hunger on a global scale, but they also aid in building economic sustainability in developing regions. Every citizen of the world must have access to technology to be connected.”

Universal access to technology will serve as a major theme throughout the upcoming 2009 International CES, the world’s largest technology tradeshow, scheduled for Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The second annual Technology and Emerging Countries Program at CES will focus on technology’s impact on economic advancement and sustainability in developing regions.

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