Globalisation and Food Sovereignty

The South Asian Network for Social and Agricultural Development (SANSAD) is organising a South Asian Seminar on Globalisation and Food Sovereignty on Wednesday, the 26th of April 2006 from 09:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lecture Hall, India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110 003.

Write to robin.f.stevens@gmail.com.

Food and agriculture are fundamental to all peoples, in terms of both production and availability of sufficient quantities of safe and healthy food, and as foundations of healthy communities, cultures and environments.

All of these are being undermined by the increasing emphasis on neo-liberal economic policies promoted by leading political and economic powers. Instead of securing food for the peoples of the world, these institutions have presided over a system that has prioritised export-oriented production, increased global hunger and malnutrition, and alienated millions from productive assets and resources such as land, water, fish, seeds, technology and know-how. Fundamental change to this global regime is urgently required.

In order to guarantee the independence and food sovereignty of all of the world’s peoples, it is essential that food is produced though diversified, community based production systems. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own food and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be self reliant; to restrict the dumping of products in their markets, and; to provide local fisheries-based communities the priority in managing the use of and the rights to aquatic resources. Food sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather, it promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of peoples to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable production.

9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.: Registration

9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.: INAUGURAL FUNCTION

Welcome - Mr. K. S. Gopal, President, SANSAD
Inaguration – Shri V. P. Singh, Former Prime Minister of India *
Key note address – Dr. Venkatesh Athreya, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
Vote of thanks – Mr. Anil K. Singh, Secretary General, SANSAD

11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.: Tea

11.30 a.m. to 13.00 p.m.: PLENARY – I (Reflections on Food Sovereignity)

Chair – Dr. K. L. Chadha, President- Horticulture Society of India
Speaker – Dr. A. K. Singh, Director – Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Speaker - Dr. Devinder Sharma, Director – Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security
Speaker - Mr. R S Seshadri, Director – TildaRiceland
Speaker - Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, Director – Centre for Policy Alternatives

13.00 p.m. to 14.00 p.m.: Lunch

14.00 p.m. to 15.30 p.m.: PLENARY – II (Country Report Presentations)

Chair – Mr. M. K. Venu, Senior Editor, The Economic Times
Bangladesh – Ms. Rokeya Kabir, Bangladesh Nari Pragoti Sangha
Nepal – Mr. Raghav Regmi, Development Education & Consultancy Centre
Pakistan – Ms. Nazma Sadeque, The Green Economics and Globalisation Initiative

15.30 p.m. to 16.00 p.m.: Tea

16.30 p.m. to 17.30 p.m.: PLENARY – III (Country Report Presentations)

Sri Lanka – Dr. Harsha Kumar Navratne, SEWALANKA Foundation
India – Mr. Biplab Halim, IMSE

Declaration of Seminar – Mr. Tahseen Ahmad

Valedictory Address – Mr. Gian Pietro Bordignon, Country Director, World Food Programme

Vote of thanks – Dr. Robin Stevens

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