Food Security, Food Justice or Food Sovereignty? The Challenge of Social Movements

Champlain College Presents
 
Food Security, Food Justice or Food Sovereignty? The Challenge of Social Movements
 
Eric Holt-Giménez
Executive Director
FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Oakland, California, USA
 
Wednesday, 20 March, 4 – 6, the Great Hall of Champlain College, Trent University 
 
Called one of the United States “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, is a “people's think-and-do tank” whose mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation throughout the world. Believing that a world free of hunger is possible if farmers and communities take back control of the food system, Food First carries out research, analysis, advocacy and education to inform and amplify the voices of communities and social movements struggling for food justice and food sovereignty. 
 
Eric Holt-Giménez grew up milking cows and pitching hay. After studying rural education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, in 1977 he began working with farmers in Tlaxcala, Mexico. From this, the Campesino a Campesino (farmer to farmer) movement was born, and in the years since then this peasant-led sustainable agriculture movement has spread steadily across Latin America, creating innovative farming methods, raising yields, and improving livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of small farmers and their families. Eric Holt-Giménez is the editor of Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems, the co-author of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, and the author of Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture, which chronicles the development of this movement. In his words “successful social movements are formed by integrating activism with livelihoods. These integrated movements create the deep sustained social pressure that produces political will—the key to changing the financial, governmental, and market structures that presently work against sustainability.”
 
 
Co-sponsored by Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) and The Seasoned Spoon. Thanks to the Departments of International Development Studies, Environmental Resource Studies and Sustainable Agriculture Program at Trent University.