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GHF2014 – PS32 – Local Food for All or How to Create Sustainability through Local Mobilization

Local Food for All or How to Create Sustainability through Local Mobilization
Dr. Claire Somerville
Visiting Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Programmes, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Mrs. Pam Warhurst
Founder and Chair, Incredible Edible Tordmorden, United Kingdom
Mr. Basile Barbey
Projact Manager, Equiterre, Switzerland
Dr. Mira Shiva
Navdanya Board & Health Advisor, India
Mr. John Kariuki Mwangi
Coordinator of Slow Food Kenya, Member of the Steering Board of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, Kenya

claire somervilleDr. Claire Somerville

Dr Somerville is an independent research consultant in health, development and technology working in collaboration with international organisations and industry/business partners. Previous appointments have been as Senior Social Scientist at the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre at Trinity College Dublin, Research Fellow at the Cente for Primary Care and Public Health at Barts and the London, Queen Mary University London, and lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

PL05_Pam_WarhurstMrs. Pam Warhurst

Pam Warhurst is a British community leader, activist and environment worker best known for co-founding the community initiative, Incredible Edible, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Pam studied Economics at the University of Manchester. She has previously served as a member of the Board of Natural England, where she was the lead non-executive board member working on the Countryside & Rights of Way Bill. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing, and chairs Pennine Prospects, a regeneration company for the South Pennines, and Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership. Pam has also been Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the Countryside Agency, leader of Calderdale Council, a board member of Yorkshire Forward, and chair of the National Countryside Access Forum and Calderdale NHS Trust. Pam was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire award (CBE) in 2005 for services to the environment.

MiraShiva200x150Dr. Mira Shiva

Dr. Mira Shiva is a physician and health activist (MBBS, MD Medicine, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India). She has been working on issues related to public health, women’s health, reproductive health & gender concerns, women ecology & health, food & nutritional security, health rights rooted in social justice & gender justice.

She is the Coordinator, Initiative for Health & Equity in Society/Third World Network, Founder Member & Steering Committee member of Diverse Women for Diversity, Peoples’ Health Movement, Health Action International-Asia Pacific, South Asian Focal Point-International Peoples’ Health Council.

She is member working Group Regulation of Food & Drugs by Planning Commission for 12th 5 year plan.She was member Central Council for Health, and  Chairperson of the Consumer Education Taskforce on Safety of Food & Medicine, Ministry of Health. She has been Member Health Committee National Human Rights Commission, Member, Central Social Welfare Board, Member-Advisory Committee, Gender and Communication Programme for Vigyan Prasar-Department of Science and Technology.

She was Director-Women & Health, Rational Drug Policy Head Public Policy in VHAI, Founder Coordinator All India Drug Action Network. She is steering Committee Member of Indian alliance of Child Righs & National alliance for Maternal Health & Human Rights, Right To Food Campaign, Doctors for Food & Biosafety.

She was involved in relief work following the Bhopal gas Tragedy 1984, was member of Supreme Court of India and member of the Commission that  investigated the causes of a cholera outbreak trans Jamuna, part of Delhi in 1988.

John_KariukiMr. John Kariuki Mwangi

John Kariuki Mwangi is the coordinator of Slow Food activities in Kenya. He was born in 1987, in Molo, Kenya. His years of professional experience includes representing the Youth and Africa at Slow Food International, administration and coordination of development projects in sustainable agriculture, education and socio-cultural sector with the aim of preserving food biodiversity, sustainable food production systems and cultural identities of local communities. He earned his under graduate degree in gastronomic sciences at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. John is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in sociology (Community Development and Project Management) at Egerton University, Kenya.

John served as a Slow Food International Vice President from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a member of Slow Food International councilor (representing East, Central and the Horn of Africa) and Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Board of Directors. He has actively participated in development of Slow Food Youth Network and Slow Food in Kenya. John has also written several articles that have been published on the Slow Food website, books and other magazines.

He considers studying at the University of Gastronomic Sciences and being involved in Slow Food activities as transformational. It has improved his understanding of the complexity of the world and the centrality of food to all cultures and has opened his eyes to the integral role that small-scale farmers play in feeding the world.

Basile Barbey_squareMr. Basile Barbey

Basile Barbey is a swiss geographer, currently working for the swiss NGO equiterre – Partenaire pour le développement durable since 2009.

equiterre is active in sustainable development and health promotion and Basile has worked on several projects in these two fields, such as sustainable neighbourhoods and public space accessibility.

Like many of his colleagues, Basile is now working on what we call in French “Potagers urbains” and that we can translate as urban vegetable gardens. These are spaces for people to garden ecologically close to their living place on small plots (generally from 5m2 to 30m2). equiterre believes this project is meaningful and an excellent example of sustainability principles applied to a project. Urban vegetable gardens bring indeed many benefits such as ecological gardening, social interaction and friendship building, open air physical activity, change in the eating habits and a way to save some money.