12th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium

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The theme for the 12th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium was Hungry Nation, Hungry World: Engendering Healthy Sustainable Food Systems and was held on March 20th and 21st, 2015 at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Our goal was to provide a political and socio-economic framework to analyze and find solutions for access to adequate, nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods. This requires an understanding of the historical processes of underdevelopment, colonialism, globalization and land-alienation as well as patterns and systems of inequality.

There are many variables that are dependent on and/or provide a basis for the development of sustainable food systems.  The Symposium sought to address a number of these variables: economic, environmental; farming; gender equity; health; land ownership and rights; and war and conflict.

We included a range of voices from various communities from across the globe – activists, students, scholars, community leaders, elected or appointed officials, community representatives, farmers, health workers, and more.

Presentations from:
“Able” Mable Thomas, Georgia House of Representatives
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, University of California, Irvine
Firoze Manji, ThoughtWorks
K. Rashid Nuri, Truly Living Well Center
Fatma Alloo, Tanzania Media Women’s Association
Mencer “Don” Edwards, Justice and Sustainability Associates
Faheem Khan, CARE USA
Jesus Chucho Garcia, Consul General, Venezuela
Liza Guerra Garcia, Indigenous and Environmental Rights
Maurice Carney, Friends of the Congo
Kwasi Densu, Florida A&M University
Savonala “Savi” Horne, Land Loss Prevention Project
Andrew A. Lee, Fort Valley State University
Linda Johnson, Fort Valley State University
As well as Groundings Session, Tributes, and Panel Presentations
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