CELADA invites to you to join us for our upcoming virtual panel discussion, “Women’s Land Rights and Food Security in Africa”. The panel will be moderated by Chris Huggins, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, and feature the following panelists from Ghana, Ethiopia and Madagascar, who will explore the relationship between women’s secure access to land and food security in these select African countries.
Panelists include: Agnes Apusigah, Regentroopfen College, Ghana Ama Appiah-Acheampong, Ghana Irrigation Development Agency, Ghana Bayush Tsegaye, Freelance Consultant, Ethiopia Mamy Rakotondrainibe, Collective for the Defence of Madagasy Land-TANY, Madagascar
A series of recent United Nations reports on the growing climate emergency highlights the urgent need to change the way we grow, market, and consume our food if we want to meet the UN goals to end hunger by 2030. The current pandemic reveals additional vulnerabilities in our global food systems. Based on his extensive research in India, Mexico, the United States, and several countries in Southern Africa, Timothy A. Wise presents key findings from his recent book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press, 2019). He echoes UN calls to reduce dependence on fossil-fuel-based inputs and promote a transition to short supply chains, local and regional food webs, and low-input ecological agriculture.
Timothy A. Wise is a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, where he directs the Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, where he founded and directed its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-based aid agency Grassroots International. He is the author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (The New Press) and Confronting Globalization:Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
CELADA was pleased to collaborate with University of Ottawa’s Assistant Professor, Chris Huggins, in hosting a panel presentation on March 27th, 2019 entitled “Governance of African Land Rights, and Implications for Women. Attendees included students, faculty, policy makers and development practitioners, and discussions explored the potential for Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy to strengthen African women’s access and rights to land.
Canada has a Feminist International Assistance Policy that commits 50% of Canada’s overseas assistance funding is dedicated programmes in Africa. In most African countries, agriculture and other resource-based livelihoods remain important to the majority of the population. In farming communities, women are responsible for much of the labour – at least 50% although it is often said to be 70% – but they rarely have full control over the land that they farm. It is extremely rare for women to actually have full legal ownership over land, for various legal, cultural, financial and other reasons. Some countries, such as Rwanda and Kenya, among many others – have put in place laws on inheritance and land ownership which provide women with legal rights to register land in their own name. However, in practice, there are often barriers which prevent women from taking ownership. This is especially the case for those who are not formally married or are second or third wives (i.e. in polygamous households).
Chris Huggins moderated an insightful panel discussion which featured four highly experienced, expert women who talked about different aspects of this topic:
CELADA became one of the newest members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) this year and will be attending their Global Land Forum in Bandung, Indonesia and a related field visit in West Java in a few weeks. With 206 members in 34 countries, CELADA joins a global network of organizations that are working to promote people centred land governance through the following ten commitments:
Secure tenure rights
Strong small-scale farming systems
Diverse tenure systems
Equal land rights for women
Secure territorial rights for indigenous peoples
Transparent and accessible information
Effective actions against land grabbing
Protected land rights defenders
CELADA looks forward to meeting and building partnerships with its fellow members!
Karl Nerenberg, the pianist/convenor of the jazz-and-other-music group “Stay-Tuned / Restez-à-l’écoute” will be playing jazz, soul and 1960s pop at Jambo Restaurant on Wednesday, April 25th, from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.
We encourage you to join us as this event will offer CELADA an avenue to raise awareness about our cause, as well as funds for activities in the coming months.
Jambo Restaurant is an African restaurant located on 69 Kempster Avenue in Ottawa. The cuisine is inspired by the traditional foods of Eastern and Central Africa.
Our chair, Roy Culpeper, and one of our board members, Obang Metho, sit down to discuss land access and rights in sub-Saharan Africa on ADDIS Meraf English Program In Collaboration with ESAT Program. Tune in to learn more:
Join CELADA for dinner and a screening of “Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas” on March 13th. This is an eye-opening film that explores the worldwide commercial rush for farmland and its impacts on people’s lives in the context of Ethiopia—a country experiencing one of the most massive forced evictions in modern history. The film examines Ethiopia’s contradiction as a nation known for chronic food aid dependence while earning billions of dollars from the export of food and other agricultural products.
Proceeds will support the work of CELADA, an international coalition based in Ottawa seeking to end social injustice and promote equitable agricultural development for the African people.