2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence

Sunday  14 October  2018  6:00 PM    Tuesday  16 October  2018 5:00 PM
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About The 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence

For its fourth year running, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is proud to present the 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence. 

From farmers to consumer advocates, food right activists to innovators and everyone in between -- this event is designed to create a space where anyone who sees themselves as being a part of Australia's food movement can come together to debate, collaborate, share, and strategize in the name of food sovereigntyThis is your chance to participate in redesigning our broken food and agriculture system.

Food sovereignty asserts the right of peoples to nourishing and culturally appropriate food produced and distributed in ecologically sound and ethical ways, and their right to collectively determine their own food and agriculture systems. 

Sunday evening: Convergence kicks off with keynote speaker Dr. M. Jahi Chappell. Chappell will speak about his book, Beginning to End Hunger, and share his extensive experience with food systems in Brasil:

Will GMOs end hunger? Is industrial agriculture the answer to grow more food ever more cheaply? Political agroecologist Dr. Jahi Chappell doesn’t think so. Rather, Chappell tells us that the only way to end hunger is to have coordinated policy platforms that work directly with family farmers—something the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has been fighting to achieve for over five years.

‘Ending Hunger with Jahi Chappell’ – a stimulating evening talk over a local dinner at the Polish Club in Canberra this Sunday 14 October - is an opportunity to hear from author, scholar, and political agroecologist Dr. M. Jahi Chappell as he discusses food sovereignty and ending hunger through the lens of his book, Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond.

Beginning to End Hunger presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to 2.5 million people and the site of one of the world’s most successful food security programs. Since its Municipal Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security was founded in 1993, Belo Horizonte has sharply reduced malnutrition, leading it to serve as an inspiration for Brazil’s renowned Zero Hunger programs.

The Secretariat’s work with local family farmers shows how food security, rural livelihoods, and healthy ecosystems can be supported together. In this convincing case study, Chappell establishes the importance of holistic approaches to food security, suggests how to design successful policies to end hunger, and lays out strategies for enacting policy change.

With these tools, Chappell shows us how we can take the next steps toward achieving similar reductions in hunger and food insecurity elsewhere in the developed and developing worlds.

Chappell also provides a critical lens through which to examine the food sovereignty movement and build on its successes while addressing its weaknesses, focusing sharply on the need for deeply collective, collaborative work by diverse organisations with the direct involvement of small-scale agroecological farmers.

‘Ending Hunger with Jahi Chappell’ is a not-to-be-missed event open to everyone who cares about promoting everyone’s right to culturally appropriate and nutritious food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and our right to collectively determine our own food and agriculture systems. 

For those who can’t make it to Canberra, there is also an Ending Hunger event in Melbourne with Jahi Chappell on Thursday 18 October, event details can be found here.

This event will be held at the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner at 6pm and will include a buffet dinner of local, seasonal produce and a glass of wine.

Mon/tues: Over the following days, Convergence attendees joined by Dr. Chappell will experience unconference-style sessions, break-out panels, and plentiful discussions on the food sovereignty movement and what role we play in it.

The Food Sovereignty Convergence is an opportunity for all participants in food systems (that's anyone who eats!) to collaborate, build the movement and create change. The event concludes with AFSA's General Committee Meeting, followed by an opportunity to celebrate and share seasonal food and drinks at (TBD). 

The Food Sovereignty Convergence plays a crucial role in how AFSA will approach the upcoming year. We look forwarding to the plethora of voices that will join in this years' conversations on food sovereignty, and hope to have your voice be one of them!

Please Note: Tickets are available on a sliding scale, with costs ranging from low, mid, to high. We ask that you please pay what you can, selecting the ticket price most appropriate for your income. Please keep in mind that by valuing your ticket at the 'high' price, you will assist those in our coumminty who can only afford a 'low' priced ticket.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please advise any dietary restrictions to admin@afsa.org.au. Monday night will feature a potluck dinner so if possible, please bring something to share and a plate/cutlery/cup. There will also be some local food and alcohol available to buy direct from the producers.

While this event is not an AFSA fundraiser, at the time of ticket purchase, we welcome donations to the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's Legal Defence Fund. 

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