Please join us for a shared meal, and to hear from two local food organizers who recently traveled to South Africa with 5 other farmers and farmworkers from the US to exchange experiences with their counterparts involved in social movements promoting food sovereignty.
Dean Jackson is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG in Tacoma), and Edgar Franks is an organizer with Community to Community in Bellingham. Dean and Edgar will share photos, stories, and reflections on the impact of this experience on their lives.
More about the Exchange: In October 2017, a delegation of seven African American, Latinx, and Mexican farmers and farmworkers participated in the second South Africa-US Agroecology Exchange. For 10 days, the delegates visited the provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo, and the Western Cape to meet with small farmers, farmworkers, Agroecologists, and organizers in the Food Sovereignty movement. Together they learned and exchanged social, political, and technical aspects of Agroecology. The 2017 Agroecology Exchange was co-organized by CAGJ/AGRA Watch, WhyHunger (NY), and Farmworker Association of Florida – all US Food Sovereignty Alliance members – and South Africa-based Surplus Peoples Project.
AGRA Watch is a grassroots, Seattle-based campaign of Community Alliance for Global Justice. We challenge the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s questionable agricultural programs in Africa, including its Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Learn more about AGRA Watch: cagj.org/agra-watch/