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April 28, 2020, WEBINAR: The Battle for the future of food in the deepening climate and coronavirus global emergencies, ft. Timothy A. Wise
April 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Timothy A. Wise
April 28,2020 – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
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A series of recent United Nations reports on the growing climate emergency highlights the urgent need to change the way we grow, market, and consume our food if we want to meet the UN goals to end hunger by 2030. The current pandemic reveals additional vulnerabilities in our global food systems. Based on his extensive research in India, Mexico, the United States, and several countries in Southern Africa, Timothy A. Wise presents key findings from his recent book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press, 2019). He echoes UN calls to reduce dependence on fossil-fuel-based inputs and promote a transition to short supply chains, local and regional food webs, and low-input ecological agriculture.
Timothy A. Wise is a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, where he directs the Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, where he founded and directed its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-based aid agency Grassroots International. He is the author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (The New Press) and Confronting Globalization:Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Emily Kocsis Bio
Emily is an interdisciplinary global health researcher and practitioner with a passion for systems thinking and ecosystem approaches to health. She earned her Masters of Science in Global Health from McMaster University, and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Western University. During her Masters, Emily focused her research on traditional food systems in Kenya, investigating the cultural, social and nutritional importance of fermented foods. Emily has also worked on global health and development research projects in a number of different capacities. She worked as a Junior Consultant with the Canadian Cooperative Association to support smallholder cacao and coffee farmers in Peru, and as a Research Assistant for an investigation on nutrition and food access among vulnerable populations in Vietnam.
Currently, Emily works as a consultant for Indigenous health organizations in Ontario, and as a Coordinator for the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research’s Students and Young Professionals Network.
Hailing from the fruit belt of Niagara, Emily has spent much of her life surrounded by agriculture. With plans to investigate the interplay between agriculture, migration and food sovereignty in Latin America through a PhD next year, Emily hopes to continue exploring and contributing to the global effort to build more just and sustainable food systems.
Awegechew Teshome is an independent research scientist initially trained as wildlife manager at College of African Wildlife Management in East Africa. He developed expertise through post graduate studies in soils, climate analysis, geomorphology, agricultural biodiversity, genetics and the management of crop diversity by traditional farmers with Master’s and Doctoral degrees at University of Ottawa and Carleton University in Canada. Awegechew is the winner of the prestigious Vavilov-Franklin fellowship.
Awegechew has worked as Manager and International Scientific Advisor to farmer-based agricultural biodiversity programs in Africa, Asia and the Americas. He served as a resource person and trainer for International training workshops on Genetic resources conservation and utilization for livelihood and environmental sustainability.
Awegechew has conducted field-based research in the center and origin of crop diversity in collaboration with Ethiopian and Canadian Universities. He has co-published several peer reviewed scientific papers on the conservation, uses and management of agricultural biodiversity by family farmers, with an emphasis on the functions of agroecosystems for human and environmental benefits. His research work places genetic resource management within a landscape and ecosystem context, and examines interactions between biotic, abiotic and human factors in the management of biological resources. As a result, he has developed a true appreciation for the dynamism, resilience, and functional diversity of family farming systems.
Awegechew has provided scientific and evidence-based policy advice to UN Conventions on Biological Diversity, Combating desertification, and Climate Change. He has a strong interest in wedding traditional farming systems with science to meet the challenges of food, livelihood and environmental security, empowering farmers over their genetic resources and time-tested knowledge and practices through sound policies and fair governance. He is particularly passionate about farmer-scientist collaboration and about the incorporation of field-based research and expertise into policies and programs for resilient livelihoods and environmental security.
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