Gail Feenstra to speak at Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society Conference

Jun 20, 2012 09:00 AM to
Jun 24, 2012 05:00 PM
New York City

SAREP's Gail Feenstra will be speaking at this year's Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society Conference, June 20-24 in New York City.

If you are attending the conference, join Gail at these events:

  • Roundtable discussion with Gail several graduate students about their experience conducting evaluations of farm to school programs at the national, state, and local levels
  • Roundtable discussion with Gail and colleagues at Tufts and Penn State University on reflections, new developments and future direction in community food systems.

Learn more about the conference here.

Learn more about SAREP's work on community food systems here

Conference summary

As increasingly greater portions of the global population shifts towards urban environments, and cities position themselves as crucial hubs not only for food consumption, but also for its production and distribution, it becomes urgent for agriculture to reposition and reaffirm its strategic role in ensuring food security, access to governance, and acceptable livelihoods for all the actors involved. The theme of the conference highlights the need for more equitable and sustainable distribution of power and resources among various stakeholders, including those without a strong voice on the world's stage, such as the urban and rural poor, farmers, and migrants. In line with the call for sustainable development and green economies at the core of the Rio +20 United Nations gathering, the conference offers an opportunity for scholars, students, activists, farmers, practitioners, and concerned citizens to come together and explore innovative solutions and alternative models for creative, culturally viable, and environmentally sound integration of urban and rural food systems.