Against the backdrop of climate change, pandemics, war, and a food price crisis, the case for food sovereignty is stronger than ever. Food sovereignty is about prioritising small-scale and sustainable and regenerative food production to benefit communities and their environment. Instead of policies and practices that reflect the demands of markets and corporations, food sovereignty is about trying to put the aspirations, needs and livelihoods of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies. On April 13, come to Maynooth University to think about how to build food sovereignty in Ireland, with inspiring and interactive discussion, music, and more.
Session 1, 1030 to 1330, CB8 (Callan Building, room 8): Building food sovereignty in Ireland and beyond, with music from Ashling O’Reilly and contributions from David Wolfe (Proprietor, Wakelyns Farm, Suffolk, UK), Rose Hogan (Sustainable Agriculture Adviser, Trocaire), Breda Larkin (artist, Talamh Beo), and Jason Horner (seed grower and Ireland Coordinator for the GAIA Foundation Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme). Hosted by Davie Philip (Cultivate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage), with Dr. Louise Fitzgerald and Dr. Alistair Fraser, Dept of Geography, Maynooth University.
Session 2, 1400 to 1530, School of Education building, room 129: A regenerating session of talk, learning, and Tai Chi about, and ending in, Maynooth University’s edible garden. Hosted by Dr. Patricia Healy-Kettle, Maynooth University, and with Tai Chi from Nicole Mills. Also includes a ‘make a pot and plant a seed’ activity.
– Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch and/or something to share. Gardeners or those with green fingers are welcome to help weed the edible garden during session two, so feel free to bring your gardening gloves!
– Maynooth University is best accessed by public transport, however the campus has some paid car parks and there are some more affordable parking options in Maynooth town.
– Maynooth University’s Festival of Food Sovereignty is kindly supported by: Afri (www.afri.ie); Maynooth University Social Science Institute; Maynooth University Green Campus Committee; Department of Geography, Maynooth University.