Responses to food challenges

Responses to food challenges

Day 2
16:00 – 17:30
Fortress Suite


The global food system is being questioned by a growing movement of people calling for communities to have control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. But are food sovereignty and food security complementary? Can the world’s seven billion be fed without large scale farming and/or large flows of agricultural trade? Who is food insecure, and why? Can different food production models feed the world’s growing population? And what are the governance and policy issues that can address these issues?




(CHAIR) Gisèle Yasmeen

Gisele Yasmeen Commonwealth People's Forum speakerGisele Yasmeen, currently Senior Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Institute of Asian Research, has worked in research and higher education for more than 20 years. She has undertaken and managed research and related activities across sectors, and has published widely in scholarly and other types of publications and provides regular media commentary. Her work has taken her all over Canada and around the world.

Before joining the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in 2007 as Vice-President of Partnerships and, as of 2010, Vice-President, Research, Gisèle worked in a number of research-related executive and managerial positions in the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She left SSHRC in January 2014 to begin a new life back on the west coast with her family. In addition to her affiliation with UBC, Gisèle has recently done consulting work for Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), Genome British Columbia, Genome Prairie and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Continuous Access to Cultural Heritage (CATCH) program funded by the Netherlands Orgnanisation for Scientific Research. Gisèle has a PhD from the University of British Columbia, an MA from McGill University and a BA Honours from the University of Ottawa.

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Peppi Gauci

Peppi grew up with a strong affinity and connection with the natural environment. He spend his young days observing traditional farmers cultivating landscapes.

His interest in living closer to the Earth took him on various travels experiencing ethnic people and their traditions. Peppi has worked on a number of permaculture ecological farms and designed a few projects himself. Perhaps the most challenging and rewarding project has been ‘Bahrija Oasis’. A thirteen year old permaculture farm which has thrived despite the limiting factors of arid, dry and windy conditions. This project has attracted international interest from documentary makers, writers, agronomists, academics and interested individuals.

Peppi has also designed award winning food cultivation systems which potentially cover a number of modern global challenges. When he is not busy on his farm he sometimes gives workshops and hands on training to interested groups.

Elizabeth Mpofu

Elizabeth Mpofu is an organic farmer and activist based at Shashe in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. She dedicated her life to work tirelessly for the betterment of smallholder farmers and the rights of women in general.

Renwick Rose

Renwick RoseRenwick Rose of St Vincent and the Grenadines has been a long-time social and political activist in the Caribbean. He has a background in teaching and journalism and today is still a weekly columnist for one of his country’s leading newspaper, SEARCHLIGHT, and also sits on its Board of Directors.

Mr Rose is perhaps best known for his efforts in helping to build the Windward Islands Farmers’ Association (WINFA) and for his advocacy on behalf of Caribbean banana farmers in the face of the so-called “banana wars” of the nineties and early 21st century, defending their rights to fair treatment in trade arrangements. He also pioneered access to the Fir Trade label for banana farmers in the islands.

A committed regionalist, Mr Rose was one of the founders of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), the umbrella organisation of Caribbean civil society groups and currently is Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is also Chairman of the EU/Caribbean Joint Consultative Committee on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Cariforum states.

Mr Rose was, in addition, one of the founders of the ACP Civil Society Forum and has wide experience participating in international fora on trade, economic and social issues.