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What EXPO Didn’t Tell You – Markets, Democracy and Rights, for healthy, sustainable food for all

October 20, 2015 @ 09:00 - 18:00

Is the production of healthy, local food, by farming families using environmentally-friendly techniques an archaic model, bound to be left behind by modernity and by precision agriculture? 

Programme (pdf)

Will it really be necessary to produce more food to feed the planet in 2050? Who is to blame for food waste in global food production and distribution chains? What policies are needed to guarantee food sovereignty and to ensure that those who produce food are fairly paid, and that food is accessible to consumers?

Worldwide, 85% of farms occupy less than 2 hectares and produce 70% of food consumed (source: F.A.O., IYFF): in fact, today it is small producers that are feeding the world’s population, as well as being responsible for most investment in agriculture, such as the work their families do and the knowledge they apply. However, on a global scale they also represent the poorest section of the world’s population, those most vulnerable to food insecurity: a paradox that Expo preferred not to address.

Terra Nuova, Rome 3 University and the Citizen Committee for Decentralised Cooperation in Rome present the conference ‘What Expo Didn’t Tell You. Markets, Democracy and Rights, for healthy, sustainable food for all’, taking place on the 20th October at Rome 3 University. The contributions of various national and international speakers, from academia, civil society and institutions, will address the issue from a variety of perspectives.

The day will be divided into the following panel discussions:

1) What type of governance do sustainable food systems need?
2) EXPO, a missed opportunity: local markets and peasant agriculture
3) Alternative agricultural systems for food sovereignty: some experiences in Italy and abroad The event is open to the public. For further information and details on how to register, email bartolomei(at)terranuova.org

Programme:

9.00 – 10.00: Welcome coffee and opening words from the authorities

10.00 – 11.45: Panel 1: What kind of governance do sustainable food systems need?

Chair: George Simon (Master Human Development and Food Security – University of Roma Tre) Keynote Speaker: Nora McKeon (Terra Nuova)
Other speakers:
What public, multi-sector policies are needed globally to respond to multiple global challenges (Benoist Veillerette – FAO)
Corporate investments or public policies as a framework for food governance? (Sylvia Kay – TNI)
The human rights framework applied to the food global governance (Ana Maria Suarez Franco – FIAN International)
Discussion

11.45 – 12.15: coffee break

12.15 – 13.00: Panel 2 – EXPO, a missed opportunity: local markets and peasant farming (first part)
Chair:
Paola De Meo (Terra Nuova)
Keynote Speaker: Mamadou Goïta (IRPAD)
Other speakers:
Alternatives do exist: opportunities for a new model of fair, sustainable agriculture: Agro-ecology (Livia Ortolani – FIRAB – La Via Campesina)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30: Panel 2 – EXPO, a missed opportunity: local markets and peasant farming (second part)
Sustainability of the agri-food chain: does the perfect food exist? (Carlo Alberto Pratesi – University of Roma Tre)
The plug of productivism (Pasquale De Muro – University of Roma Tre)
Discussion

15.30 – 18.00: Panel 3 – Alternative agricultural systems for food sovereignty: some experiences in Italy and abroad
Chair: Cristiano Colombi (Citizen Committee for Decentralised Cooperation in Rome)
Historical phases and future of food sovereignty in Italy: which agricultural politics? (Tonino Mancino – Ass. Michele Mancino)
The framework law on peasant agriculture (Christian Cabrera – AIAB Tuscia/Comitato Italiano per la Legge sulle Agricolture Contadine)
Experiences in Italy: Agricultural Cooperative ‘Coraggio’, ‘Local Lab on New Economy’ -Municipio III, Social Cooperative Barikama’
– North-South solidarity webs: • Kiwicha (Amaranth) – (Argentina) (CIPSI)
– Organic griculture and livestock (Madagascar) (CFP Soanatao)
Other planned speeches and discussion

This event is part of the Hands on the Land campaign, financially supported by the European Commission. The views expressed here are ours.

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Date:
October 20, 2015
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09:00 - 18:00
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Venue

Essay hall of the School of Economics and Business Studies, Rome 3 University
Via Silvio D’Amico 77
Rome, Italy
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