Universal Food Access: Reclaiming Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems and Community Supported Agriculture - Gallery view
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Arvid Solheim, Chairperson FIAN Norway, Agronomist, 30+ years experience from NGOs and civil society. Worked extensively in the Sahel and Central America, later on development and climate policy, and the right to food
• Dr. Elizabeth Kimani-Murage is a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She is a lawyer, with a special focus on human rights, particularly the right to food. She is leading work to transform food systems in Kenya and Africa to be more human-centered and resilient. Her aim is to change the way food is conceptualized, from a commodity to a basic human right and a common good in the spirit of Ubuntu – I am because we are. She is leading the Zero Hunger Initiative at APHRC, with a goal of ending hunger and promoting food justice in the Kenyan and African Cities by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 2.
Jørgen T. Johnsen
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Koko Warner, UNFCCC
What behaviors would need to change in order to reframe food as a public good, rather than as a for-sale / market good?
Thanks for your question, Koko.
We are going to collect the questions that come in and pose them to speakers after the presentations.
Thank you Liz for mentioning breastfeeding!
Global Breastfeeding week is coming up 1-8 August
The views expressed by Elizabeth are very accurate about how the majority perceive food in Kenya and majority of developing countries. Food is a commodity of trade, while small holder farming is considered a form of enterprise. Massive unemployment and government policies are largely responsible for this state of affairs.
Thanks, Liz! I appreciate the framing of solutions!
• Liv Elin Torheim is professor of public health nutrition at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway. She has extensive experience in both research and teaching on food and nutrition policy and in particular food and nutrition as human rights.
Thanks Liv Elin. It is important in understanding Universal Food Access is rooted in the right to food and reclaiming our food.
Thanks for lifting that up once more!
I had to take a moment as there is also a Just Food in Ottawa, Canada. Near where I farm. This sounds like a great organization as well :)
BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
• Sia Pickett, affectionately known in her community as Chef Sia, started with Just Food as a Community Chef in 2011, eventually moving into the treasurer role through her commitment and dedication to the organization’s mission. Sia brings 30+ years of experience in fiscal oversight as a business owner, culinary/nutrition instructor, wellness coach, facilitator, management and mentoring, curriculum development, project/event coordination, marketing, business technology application, business consultation, and business development.
Sia has worked in operational and sales management for various fortune 500 companies, spent 12 years working in personal banking with US Bank, and has held positions with several nonprofits. Sia currently serves as project coordinator for Business Outreach Center Network (BOC), and has worked as a project manager for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition to her “food just” work in various communities, Chef Sia owns Malata Cuisine, a “Natural Foods'' personal chef service and culinary nutrition education company in Brooklyn, NY.
In the US small holder farmers - in particular farmers of color - contributions to cooperative economics and right to food has been systemically marginalized
Can we Access the link to the video so we can liten to it later?
Thanks, folks for the notes on the sound. We will circle back with Sia for the video.
The CSA model works on volunteer hours of members as well as payment. Some farmers will offer full shares to members who can offer more volunteer hours. Making CSA affordable and accessible is also in the work of Just Food. Schemes such as sliding scale, accepting SNAP/EBT, and CSAs raising money for other sites in need helps.
Solidarity based models like CSA offer a way to support the right to food and also support small farm viability. Farmers set their price for the shares. This helps them grow and pay for labor fairly.
I find the CSA model has really been co-opted and watered down in recent years. Many farmers call a weekly food box a CSA, without the important connection of eaters to the farmers and community and all of the points Sia is outlining here. I would love to have access to her presentation to share. Sia has been fantastic at explaining the principals of a true Community Supported Agriculture model and I would find it helpful to share. Thank you everyone
Good point, Coral! Co-option in our food systems is rampant. Even in our local solutions.
Thank you for a great presentation
thanks to Sia..I am very excited to check out more of your work
Edgar Okoth- SUN CSA
This is great initiative worth supporting. SUN CSA is glad to be part of this
Dr. Tania Martinez-Cruz Researcher, University of Greenwich-Natural Resource Institute and member of the Global Hub on Indigenous Peoples' Food Systems. She is an Ëyuujk indigenous woman from Tamazulápam del Espíritu Santo, Mixe, Oaxaca, Mexico. She holds an interdisciplinary background, a B.Sc. in Irrigation Engineering from Chapingo Autonomous University; an MSc. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona and a PhD in Social Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher in public health and anthropology at the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom working on nutrition, gender, and indigenous peoples’ food systems in the Peruvian Amazon. Tania also promotes the conservation of indigenous knowledge as key to the biocultural diversity of indigenous peoples and to tackle global problems.
Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa, Chief, Indigenous Peoples Unit, FAO & Co-coordinator of the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, Indigenous Peoples Unit. Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa is an agricultural economist with a MABD on entitlements and food security, and is currently the Chief of the FAO Indigenous peoples Unit. Mr. Fernández-de-Larrinoa joined FAO in 1998 as a policy officer, working later in Latin America and Asia, coordinating emergency operations in the tsunami, avian influenza, Peru earthquake and Haiti earthquake. In 2010, Mr. Fernández-de-Larrinoa joined the Partnerships and UN relations division leading the FAO Civil Society team, co-authoring the strategy to engage with civil society and supporting the participation of civil society in the World Committee of Food Security. He co-founded the Pastoralists Knowledge-Hub in FAO and started the FAO Indigenous Peoples Unit in 2014. In 2020 he started the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems that he co-chairs.
• Christina Behrendt is Head of the Social Policy Unit in the International Labour Office (ILO)’s Social Protection Department in Geneva (Switzerland). Her work experience includes assignments as regional social security specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut (Lebanon), as consultant at the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and as lecturer and research fellow at the University of Konstanz.
Christina studied in Konstanz (Germany) and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), she earned her Master degree in Politics and Public Administration and her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Konstanz. She has widely published on social protection in both developed and developing countries, including on adapting social protection systems to new challenges associated with the future of work, the extension of social protection to workers in the informal economy ; social insurance, social assistance and other cash transfers, as well as the distributive effects of various social protection benefits on poverty and inequality. She has also contributed to various editions of the ILO’s World Social Protection Report, and several other ILO and other publications.
The entire webinar is recorded and will be made available shortly, on webpages and social media of the organizing organizations.
Excellent and to the point.
As our panelists share, if there are other questions from the audience please add to the Q&A or chat.
Thank you for inviting the Global Hub, we feel honoured to be with you today
we would love to participate on that!
Very powerful points, Tania and Yon. Thanks for amplifying the brilliance and importance of Indigenous food systems in the right to food, but also the shift of power of the peoples’ as change makers and in policy.
Tania, the point around food’s value beyond just production is also critical!
Colleagues, I have to go now. I leave you with Tania Martinez on behalf of the Global Hub! Thank you for inviting us! COngrats for the forum
As promised, here is the link to the website of the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection: https://www.usp2030.org/
conversations on the true cost of food production are picking up. Industrial/large scale models hide the true cost of food that many smallholders contend with. I think CSAs show the true cost of production. but how many can afford? it concerns me when many people cannot afford food.
Thank you for this interesting discussion. I have to shift to the Pre-Summit as I want to watch the Private SEctor priorities session in the Green Rome where Pepsico and Nestlé CEOs will be speaking.......
We appreciate the rich points, questions, and conversations from the speakers, panelists, and audience.
Thank you for a great session!
We do our best to add and answer further in the notes and share in the post.