March 19, 2015
Hear Dr. Jahi Chappell, IATP’s Director Agroecology and Agriculture Policy programs shares his knowledge of how agroecology is the key to food sovereignty. Taking us from the Irish potato famine to today, we will examine how food sovereignty can become a reality.
Agroecology looks at how agriculture, society and the environment interact. It is a cutting-edge scientific field; a continuously developing set of practices to farm productively and sustainably; and a movement to acknowledge and support small farmers’ fundamental role in developing and maintaining healthy, just, and sustainable agriculture and food systems.
About the series
Food sovereignty speaks to the need for our food and agricultural systems to be designed by and responsive to the needs of all who grow, harvest, distribute and consume food, rather than by the demands of markets and corporations. Our March series on food sovereignty will look at three crucial components: the role of small scale farmers, the emerging movement of food chain workers, and agroecology as the guiding management principles for agriculture.
Other events in IATP's Food Sovereignty Series:
On March 2 to hear Nora McKeon, author of Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations. Nora formerly worked for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and continues to be very active around food systems, food governance, small-scale farmer movements, and UN-civil society relations. She coordinates a program of exchange and advocacy with African and European small-scale farmers’ organizations.
And on March 12, meet Jose Oliva, Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, a national coalition that collectively represents over 250,000 workers. The Alliance’s worker-based organizations, whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.