Posted on March 11, 2014 by Dirk Roep
About the Food Tank:
Our food system is broken. Some people don’t have enough food, while others are eating too much. There’s only one way to fix this problem—and it starts with you and me.
Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is for the 7 billion people who have to eat every day. We will offer solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share. Food Tank is for farmers and producers, policy makers and government leaders, researchers and scientists, academics and journalists, and the funding and donor communities to collaborate on providing sustainable solutions for our most pressing environmental and social problems.
As much as we need new thinking on global food system issues, we also need new doing. Around the world, people and organizations have developed innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the most pressing issues in food and agriculture. Through years of field visits (and years of trying to eat better in her own community) our President Danielle Nierenberg has helped to highlight and promote these best practices. Today, we hope to bridge the domestic and global food issues by highlighting how hunger, obesity, climate change, unemployment, and other problems can be solved by more research and investment in sustainable agriculture.
Food Tank will highlight hope and success in agriculture. We will feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories. These innovations need more attention, more research, and ultimately more funding to be replicated and scaled-up. And that is where we need you. We all need to work together to find solutions that nourish ourselves and protect the planet.
See the clip how the food systems can be changed in the five ways:
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Posted on March 6, 2014 by Dirk Roep
Monday March 31, 20.00 the film ‘Il a plus sur le grand paysage‘ (with English subtitles) will be shown in Movie-W. The film is directed by Jean-Jacques Andrien. The director and a farmer will be present and open for discussion with the audience.
Autumn 2010. In the region of Herve, in Belgium’s east, the milk crisis of 2009 struck brutally at the dairy farms. In this profoundly estabilised context, the decision of the European Union to completely remove the milk production quota in 2015, and the determination of the World Trade Organisation to further liberalise the markets, directly threatened the existence of the farms. Nine farmers tell us of their struggle, from the heart.
Free entrance thanks to the support by Rural Sociology and Sociology of Development and Change of Wageningen University. The evening is co-organised by Otherwise, Movie-W, ILEIA, RUW and Boerengroep.
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Posted on February 24, 2014 by Dirk Roep
The Voedselanders or Food Otherwise conference held last Friday and Saturday at the Wageningen Campus has been very successfull and inspiring: more then 800 people participated. Key notes speeches by a.o. Pablo Titonell, Hanny van Geel, Vandana Shiva and Olivier de Schutter were broadcasted live by wurtv.wur.nl and those did missed one or more can still see what they missed. See also the Voedselanders.nl website for links to the recordings.
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Posted on February 18, 2014 by Dirk Roep
RUW and the Cultural Geography Chair group present: Nature, food, animals and landscape – seen through the eyes of artists and designers.
What? Lecture and discussion
When? Thursday 27 February, 19-21
Where? Forum C314
Sascha Landshoff (DeTostiFabriek – The Toastie Factory)
In Amsterdam, the experimental project ‘Tosti Fabriek’ was set up, producing all the ingredients for a toastie in an old factory. Grain was harvested and turned into bread, pigs were kept to produce ham and cows were milked to produce cheese. What does this project tell us about cycles of production and the relations between people, food and cities?
Henriette Waal (Outdoor Brewery)
How can you make the landscape drinkable? Henriette is an artist and designer (Design Academy Eindhoven) who made an outdoor installation for beer brewing. She uses rainwater and wild plants for brewing beer, turning the landscape into an ingredient.
‘Bartaku’ (Plant based photo-voltaic cells)
How can we use plants to generate energy? Bart Vandeput not only investigates the energy potential of plant based photovoltaic cells, but in the process generates new ways of relating to energy (consumption): what if we could eat it? And generate electricity with our body?
This lecture is the kick-off for a Capita Selecta ‘Environmental Humanities’ about the relation between science, technology and art. Inspired by your essay and in conversation with you, students of the Rietveld Academy of Arts will work on creating designs which will be exhibited in Wageningen. More info about the course (5th period, 3ECTS): Clemens.Driessen@wur.nl
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Posted on February 17, 2014 by Dirk Roep
There is a possibility for a MSc-student to explore poultry dynamics in South Africa. Post-apartheid socio-technical development interventions (still) favours the introduction and expansion of modern poultry systems (broilers and layers) among smallholders to supply meat and eggs to urban consumers. The ‘formula 1 chicken’ (or plof kip) relies heavily on purchased industrial feed and fodder. The market, in addition, plays a crucial role. Together they shape the future of this poultry system. Next to this modern system, a flourishing poultry hinging on indigenous scavenging chicken is operational.
The project aims to make a detailed socio-technical analysis of both poultry systems with a focus on problematic issues and opportunities.
Accommodation and a translator can be arranged. Info: Paul.Hebinck@wur.nl
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Posted on February 13, 2014 by Dirk Roep
Welke waarden voegen (Erkende) streekproducten toe aan het Groene hart? In navolging van een eerder ACT-opdracht gaan twee studenten dit in kaart brengen voor drinkyoghurt van de Veldhoeve, een officieel erkend Groene Hart streekproduct dat sinds aantal weken exclusief wordt verkocht in Hoogvliet supermarkten. Welke relaties onderhoudt de Veldhoeve en welke waarden voegt het bedrijf met het produceren van streekproducten toe aan het Groene Hart vanuit het perspectief van de relaties? Dat is de opdracht die Miriam Romero en Camilla Ponte komende 4 weken gaan uitvoeren voor o.a. de Stichting Groene Hart Kloppend Hart. Het is een vervolg op een eerdere ACT-opdracht uitgevoerd in het kader van Groene Cirkels: een samenwerking tussen de provincie Zuid-Holland, Heineken en Alterra.
Miriam en Camilla kunnen de medewerking van Nederlandstalige studenten goed gebruiken: bij uitvoeren van de hele opdracht of bij enkele onderdelen ervan. Zoals faciliteren en verslag doen van een focus-groep met alle relaties. De studenten krijgen hiervoor 6 ects via een capita selecta vak van Rurale Sociologie. Wie interesse kan zich melden bij firstname.lastname@example.org of bij email@example.com coordinator Kenniswerkplaats Wageningen Universiteit. Deze opdracht kan ook een opstap zijn naar een stage of een afstudeeronderzoek. Niet alleen voor studenten van Wageningen Universiteit.
Filed under: Education, Food, Regional Development, Rural Development, Thesis and internship possibilities | Tagged: BSc-thesis, Erkend Streekproduct, Groene Hart Streekproducten, Msc-thesis, stage, waarden | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 6, 2014 by Dirk Roep
January 31 the EU-funded research project SOLINSA has offically come to an end. A Special Issue of The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension is in preparation. Publication of the SOLINSA issue is foreseen for early 2015. For now the results of the project are available at the SOLINSA website under four subheading:
- The concept of LINSA
- The relation between AKS and LINSA
- Interacting with LINSA
- Policy recommendations
Here public reports of the different workpackages are published, six factsheets, posters and two video clips made for a SOLINSA webinar in which Gianluca Brunori and Talis Tisenkopf explain what LINSA are. These are also available at You Tube SOLINSA Project. To get an overview the SOLINSA home page offers a guided tour through the project and its results. The notion of transition partner captures well the various supporting roles towards LINSA.
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Posted on February 6, 2014 by Dirk Roep
Afgelopen dinsdag 4 februari heeft Ron Methorst zijn TED talk Boeren en Buren gehouden op CAH Vilentum waarin hij schets hoe de landbouw zich heeft ontwikkeld in een veranderende (stedelijke) omgeving en de boeren van deze tijd ook weer voor de uitdaging staan om de relatie met hun natuurlijke en sociale omgeving opnieuw vorm en inhoud te geven. Ron onderzoekt dit voor Kampereiland en wil hierop promoveren. Zijn verhaal is terug hieronder te kijken. Meer weten? Vraag het Ron zelf: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on January 29, 2014 by Dirk Roep
Monday March 17 we will again start the course Origin Food: a market for identity (RSO-21806). The course part of the specialization Gastronomy of the Master Food Technology, but the course is optional for all students with an interest in food with a Geographical Indication and like to study and discuss the relation between food quality, place or origin and particular practices.
See the post of last year for a course description or contact Dirk Roep (email@example.com) for more information.
Filed under: Education, Food | Tagged: Education, Food Quality, gastronomy, Geographical Indication, Optional course, Origin food products, PDO, PGI, Place-based food | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 27, 2014 by Dirk Roep
January 2014 Xiangdan Meng has successfully defended her PhD-thesis “Feminization of Agricultural Production in Rural China:
A Sociological Analysis“. It can still be viewed at wurtv.wur.nl.
Rural-urban migration of male labour force is an unstoppable process in China. Although some women also migrate to work in cities, most of these women return to the villages after marriage. They need to take care of the children and the family and to work on their smallholder farms. In general, women’s labour participation in agriculture has increased due to the migration of the male labourers and they have become the main labour force in smallholder agriculture. This thesis is a sociological analysis on the impact of this change on the situation of these women and on smallholder agriculture from the women’s perspective. Continue reading
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