Unfortunately I won’t be around to attend, but for anyone based in SF/Bay Area/Marin County interested in agroecology, agriculture, food, etc. this could be interesting… see below for details.
An informal chat with IDEX partners about agroecology
Friday, September 7, 2012
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Come join us for an informal chat on agroecology with IDEX partners Lawrence Mkhaliphi of Biowatch and Herschelle Milford of SPP, visiting from South Africa. They are in town for the EDGE Funders Conference. Their visit coincides with news that IDEX has secured a major two-year grant for their alliance building and program leadership in agroecology as part of a collaborative with Grassroots International, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and Focus on the Global South. Also, IDEX long term partner DESMI has secured a multiyear grant of $100,000 as part of this funding. So come out and celebrate and learn firsthand from IDEX partners!
Please bring some wine or beer to share.
WHEN: Friday, September 7th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
WHERE: 465 California Street (near BART Montgomery Street Station), 8th Floor, The Asia Foundation Haydn Williams Room
WHAT: An informal chat with IDEX partners about agroecology
WHO: You(!), Lawrence Mkhaliphi of Biowatch, and Herschelle Milford of SPP
Lawrence Mkhaliphi is a community trainer, agroegcologist, farmer, research and leader in the food and climate justice movements in South Africa. Lawrence has been with Biowatch since 1999. Biowatch has encouraged local food sovereignty in rural South Africa for over 10 years through education and training programs for rural farmers and creating alternative approaches to food production. Their advocacy efforts have included a big win against multinational corporation Monsanto for the right to information regarding the health and environmental impacts of introducing genetically-modified (GM) seeds.
Herschelle Milford is a social activist for pro-poor agrarian reform, agroecology and food sovereignty and currently serves as the managing director of the Surplus People Project (SPP). SPP is a South African organization that supports the Food Sovereignty Campaign, a grassroots movement of small-scale farmers, farm dwellers, and particularly women in the Western and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa. The work of the organization is diverse and holistic and includes popular education, social mobilization, action research, institutional and agricultural development support.
This event is co-hosted by The Asia Foundation