The global food crisis debate is the focus of delegates gathered in Dunedin for this weekend's Otago University Foreign Policy School.
Organisers say it's a debate which has implications for New Zealand, given that proportionally, this country is the world's largest food exporter.
A Foreign Policy School director, Associate Professor Hugh Campbell, says the global economic crisis has tended to overshadow the burgeoning food crisis.
He says the school will consider issues such as food pricing, agricultural and trade policy, sustainability and climate change, and what the world food crisis means for New Zealand.
About 140 people from New Zealand and Australia have registered for the school which started on Saturday.