Speaker : Martha Robbins of National Farmers Union (NFU), Canada.
Today, a billion people live in hunger. Can we feed the world and achieve economic development while conserving ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of peasants and the rural poor?
Martha Robbins delivered this lecture as part of a day-long colloquium at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Monday 12 December 2011. The event brought together some of the world's leading radical thinkers and activists working on the issues of food and the future of farming, including Olivier de Schutter, Frances Moore Lappé, Miguel Altieri, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Eric Holt-Giménez, Robin Broad and Tony Weis. This was the third Critical Agrarian Studies (CAS) Colloquium at ISS co-organised by the Transnational Institute (TNI), the Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS) and the Land Deal Politics Initiatives (LDPI).
Presentations addressed the following questions: How do we understand and tackle the interlinked agrarian and environmental crises? What types of policies create sustainable development that guarantees justice, equality and autonomy for poor and marginalized communities? What types of food movements have emerged and why, and with what challenges?