Confronting the Global Food Challenge
By Carol Schachet
November 20th, 2008
A group of civil society organizations, including Grassroots International, will participate in a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, entitled "Confronting the Global Food Challenge: Finding New Approaches to Trade and Investment that Support the Right to Food." The conference-convened by Grassroots' allies the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and FoodFirst Information & Action Network-will meet November 24-26 to explore the impact of trade and investment on the right to food and to develop new approaches that have human rights at the core. Grassroots International Executive Director Nikhil Aziz will facilitate a working group with participation by Achmad Yakub of the Serikat Petani Indonesia (a member of the Via Campesina) on Agriculture & Climate Change.
Grassroots also supported Faustino Torres, from the Association of Rural Workers in Nicaragua (a Grassroots partner), and Alejandro Villamar, from the Mexican Free Trade Action Network (a Grassroots grantee), to attend. For more information on the conference, you can read the blog maintained by IATP throughout the conference.