We don’t need big corporations to feed the world – small farmers supply Dar es Salaam with food

By Marc Wegerif. PhD Candidate, Rural Sociology Group Wageningen University, carrying out research on food provisioning in Dar es Salaam.

I am happy to share a recently published paper: “Exploring Sustainable Urban Food Provisioning: The Case of Eggs in Dar es Salaam”  Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3747-3779; doi:10.3390/su6063747.

The paper examines food provisioning in Dar es Salaam through a focus on the egg trade and finds that there are existing, non-corporate, patterns of food provisioning that can sustainably meet the needs of eaters in this city of over 4million people. Below I explain why this is important.

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Farm Experience Internship 2014

Dirk Roep:

At weblog for more information on FEI and learn how the participate.

Originally posted on FarmExperienceInternship:

Summer is coming and so it’s time to go outside! Join us!

After a big success previous year, we are organising again the FEI, Farm Experience Internship, an amazing 3ECTS summer course from the Wageningen University which intends to bring together theoretical knowledge from (non-)students with practical skills and knowledge from farmers. Are you interested in growing your own food, discovering local knowledge and practices on organic farms in the Netherlands? Do you want to learn about permaculture, agroecology, food sovereignty and sustainable food systems? Or would you like to interact and discuss with farmers to find creative, innovative ways of farming? Join the FEI from 5-27 August 2014! Send a mail to FarmExperienceInternship@gmail.com

Are you having the idea that milk comes from a factory and tomatoes grow underground? No worries, everyone can join – because you will be prepared during the first week, full of lectures, workshops, debates and excursions!

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Ede in kaart – uitwerking visie rond thema ‘Sociaal en Gezond’ door studenten WU

Een groep studenten heeft in kader van ‘Academic Consultancy Training’ een opdracht uitgewerkt voor de gemeente Ede. Afgelopen vrijdagochtend is dat aan de gemeente gepresenteerd en in de middag ook aan onze leerstoelgroep op zorgboerderij Makandra in Ede. Hieronder de Samenvatting. Voor meer informatie: hanne.bookelmann@wur.nl.

Ede strategie

Samenvatting De gemeente Ede heeft in 2014 de visie ‘Ede, de Proeftuin voor Food’ opgesteld. Voor het uitdragen van deze visie is een samenwerkingsverband aangegaan dat bestaat uit de gemeente Ede, het NISB, de academische werkplaats AGORA en de Alliantie Voeding Gelderse Vallei. Het opstartende karakter van het samenwerkingsverband vraagt om een eerste stap in het concretiseren van de voedselvisie. Naar aanleiding daarvan is een projectteam vanuit de Wageningen University ingeschakeld. Het doel van het eindresultaat is een aanzet te geven voor de invulling van de strategische agenda voor het realiseren van de visie ‘Ede, de Proeftuin voor Food’ op het thema ‘Sociaal en Gezond’.

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Farm Experience Internship 2014 – video clip

As announced before the Farm Experience Internship (FEI) will be organized for the second time this summer. A clip has been of previous year’s FEI. ILEIA is one of the supporting partners and offers more information the FEI at their website.

 

 

From corporate control to food democracy – Food Otherwise video

Watch the video recorded during the 2014 Food Otherwise conference in Wageningen University, Netherlands. Interviews with activist Vandana Shiva, prof. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and coordinator Europe for Via Campesina Hanny van Geel. See voedselanders.nl for more information on the conference.

Farming Experience Internship 2014

Based on last year’s success a Farming Experience Internship is organized again for 2014, August 5-27. See the Facebook Farm Experience Internship for more information or contact farmexperienceinternship@gmail.com.

The Rural Sociology Group and Farming Systems Ecology Group of Wageningen University support the FEI. Wageningen University Students can obtain 3 ects they, in addtion to the FEI, hand in personal evaluation and reflection report.

 

 

 

 

Voedsel op de kaart

Originally posted on onderzoekerstadslandbouw:

In de laatste onderwijsperiode heb ik een groepje studenten geadviseerd die een ‘ecomap’ van Wageningen hebben gemaakt. Op deze online kaart is te vinden waar je in Wageningen ecologisch verantwoorde producten kunt kopen. Ecologisch verantwoord is door de studenten breed geïnterpreteerd; het gaat om lokaal en biologisch, maar ook om fair-trade en tweedehands, en om services met een ‘sociale plus’, zoals zorgboerderijen (en zo zijn er nog een paar waardes).

Het was behoorlijk lastig om te bepalen welke winkels, boerderijen en andere plekken op de kaart moesten komen. De groep heeft een aantal criteria opgesteld (bijvoorbeeld: lokaal voedsel) en moest vervolgens definiëren wanneer een product of service aan die criteria voldoet (wanneer is voedsel ‘lokaal’?). Daarna moest bekeken worden wanneer een winkel wordt opgenomen als verkooppunt (is één lokaal product voldoende of moeten dat er meerdere zijn?). Geen makkelijke opgave dus, maar de groep is er uiteindelijk goed in geslaagd dit soort…

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Declarations by The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)

The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) is an autonomous and self-organised global platform of small-scale food producers and rural workers organizations and grass root/community based social movements to advance the Food Sovereignty agenda at the global and regional level.

More than 800 organizations and 300 millions of small-scale food producers self organize themselves through the IPC, sharing the Food Sovereignty principles as outlined in the Nyeleni 2007 Declaration + 6 pillars of the synthesis report IPC facilitates dialogue and debate among actors from civil society, governments and others actors the field of Food Security and Nutrition, creating a space of discussion autonomous from political parties, institutions, governments and private sector.

The IPC recently published several declarations on food sovereignty for Europe, Asia and Africa. See the IPC weblog for more information or Facebook page IPC for Food Sovereignty 

 

Peasants and Politics – free access special issue of the Journal of Pesants Studies

JPS coverThe Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Volume 1 of JPS was published in October 1973 to September 1974. Part of our series of initiatives to commemorate the anniversary of JPS is the publication of virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies.

The second in the series is JPS 40: Peasants & Politics. This collection highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal over the past four decades on peasant politics.

The articles share one common feature: they all remain extremely relevant, especially in the context of today’s massive, worldwide revival of critical agrarian studies. We hope academics will find the virtual special issue useful in their courses. We hope students of contemporary critical agrarian studies and critical environmental studies, among others, will find it useful in building their theoretical foundations. We hope policy practitioners will find it relevant in informing policy debates. We hope agrarian, food and environmental activists will find it relevant in their political struggles.

(Un)accepted Foods – Lectures, discussion and tasting on April 8

Join RUW at the ‘(Un)accepted Foods’ evening and learn more about the potential of insects as food and about eating unconventional food products like horse and goose meat. Find out why responses to such food items can be so strong and how attitudes towards them differ across cultures. And how about challenging your own food habits at the tasting?

Contributions by:

  • Jessica Duncan: Lecturer in Food Cultures and Food Policy at Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University
  • Arnold van Huis: Author of ‘The insect cookbook’, researcher at the Entomology department (WUR)
  • Rob Hagenouw: Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier (Kitchen of the Unwanted Animal)

Venue: April 8, 19.00-21.00 in the public libary of Wageningen (BBLTHK), free entrance.

For more information see: www.stichtingruw.nl or the Facebook page (Un)accepted food.

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