LATIN AMERICA WEEK 2011
2nd – 9th April
Taste of Freedom:
Growing Alternatives to the Food Crisis
Food Sovereignty: alternatives to the current food production and distribution systems
WHAT IS LATIN AMERICA WEEK
Latin America Week (LAW) is an annual programme of educational, cultural and campaigning events on issues relating to cultural, social, political, civil and economic rights in Latin America. The overall aim of LAW is to concentrate the attention of the public on Latin America for one week, so as to highlight the justice issues at stake in the region and thus to facilitate campaigning and solidarity actions between Ireland and Latin America. LAW is coordinated by the Latin America Solidarity Centre and organised locally by regional partners and activists.
FOOD SOVERGNITY LAW 2010 explored the economic, social and political forces which prevent communities from achieving Food Sovereignty. It looked at how the food producing capacity of entire regions has been undermined by market-led food production models. The events during the week explored the rise in the price of oil, food speculation, the increase of cash crops and biofuels, the increased demand of emerging markets, unfair trade practices, etc. as causes of the food crisis. An important focus it's been Europe's role in these Neoliberal processes. LAW 2010 aimed also at building activism around the issue of food sovereignty in Ireland and Latin America.
Speakers in LAW 2011
Richard Intriago, Ecuador
Richard Intriago is part of The Conference on Food Sovereignty. Made up of 8 members, it is an advisory body to the government and the highest authority on Food Sovereignty in Ecuador. He is also President of the Small Farmers Association of the Coast of Ecuador. Under Richard the Federation is very politically active, and was involved in the Constituent Assembly that wrote the Constitution. The Federation also provides training on organic techniques. Outside of his work with the Federation, Richard heads a group of university students that work to promote agroecology and Food Sovereignty. He has studied in Cuba, worked as an advisor to the government in Venezuela and with the MST in Brazil. He has organised conferences and forums on sustainable organic agriculture at a regional level.
Carlos Gouveia Da Silva, Brazil
Carlos is a member of the Associação dos Produtores Autônomos do Campo e da Cidade (Association of Rural and Urban Autonomous Producers), Rio de Janeiro, a grassroots organisation set up in the 1980´s by a workers' school of self-management. Its main aim is to create a solidarity link between agricultural workers in the city and countryside. Currently, APAC is involved in rural and urban food growing activists’ networks with an agroecological perspective. APAC is a member of the Agroecology Coordinating Organisation of Rio de Janeiro. This organisation brings together grassroots movements working for Food Sovereignty and struggling against the neoliberal policies of the Brazilian agribusiness, genetically modified crops, concentration of land, and the use of pesticides.
Suzie Cahn, Ireland
Suzie has been vegetable gardening all her life, with her father, later for her own family’s needs and as a volunteer in schools where she has developed a gardening and nature program. In 2007 she set up a local voluntary group called Wicklow Community Gardening Group which has now become a network of over 10 community gardens. She teaches courses at her Organic and Permaculture small-holding venue Carraig Dúlra, in Wicklow, and teaches Permaculture courses with Wicklow VEC and Greenworks. She is involved both locally and nationally with Transition Towns, and together with her husband and a group in New Zealand is developing a local food hub called OOOOBY (Out Of Our Own Back Yard). The focus is on re-localizing food production and sustainability. She believes that reconnecting with nature is vital for us all if we are to learn to live healthily and sustainably and truly care about our environment.
Calendar Of the Events
- Events in Gort and Galway: Nick Jones, 0879960306
- Events in Limerick, Contact: Angelica Risquez, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nancy Serrano, email@example.com
- Events in Dublin, Contact Latin America Solidarity Centre, 016760435, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Events in Cork, Contact Ethical Development Association, email@example.com
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8pm to 10pm
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"Sowing dreams and harvesting hope" Bety Cariño
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