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CELADA co-hosting a free webinar featuring Timothy A. Wise on April 28

Recording now available on Youtube:

Webinar Details:

CELADA will be co-hosting a free webinar with the Group of 78, Interpares, Seed Change and the Africa Study Group, featuring a presentation from Timothy A. Wise. Join us at 1PM EDT on April 28th to learn about/explore the future of our global food system in the context of the climate and COVID emergencies. To receive the webinar access details, please register on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-battle-for-the-future-of-food-in-the-deepening-climate-and-coronavirus-global-emergencies-ft-tickets-102184069302

Outline:

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 Wise:

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.

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CELADA Fundraiser at Hareg Cafe – Feb 7 @ 7PM

Join us Friday, February 7 for an Ethiopian dinner, jazz, good company and a good cause! A fundraiser for the Coalition for Equitable Land Acquisitions and Development in Africa (CELADA).

Date & time: Friday, February 7th, from 7PM to 9PM

Place: Hareg Café, 587 Bank Street, Ottawa (between Strathcona and Pretoria)

The band –Stay Tuned/Restez-à-l’écoute — will play soul, 1960s rock and jazz classics at Hareg Cafe where you’ll experience delicious and traditional Ethiopian dishes

The Ethiopian buffet available with mostly vegetarian and some meat and chicken dishes will be served for only $15/person (drinks extra).

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.

It is on the 6, 7 and 55 OC Transpo lines.

Street parking is available in the surrounding neighbourhood

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Panel Event in Ottawa: Governance of African Land Rights, and Implications for Women

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:

We welcome you to review some of their presentations for further details!

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CELADA becomes member of the International Land Coalition (ILC)

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
  • Locally-managed ecosystems
  • Inclusive decision-making
  • 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!

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April 25 – Jazz Fundraiser for CELADA

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.

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Join us April 4, 2018 for our Annual General Meeting

Hear from the board on our new membership to the International Land Coalition, some recent and upcoming events and our overall strategy in moving CELADA forward.

New members welcome!

April 4 2018 at 5:30PM
University of Ottawa campus
Faculty of Social Sciences Building – Room FSS4006

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Our board members interviewed by ADDIS Meraf English Program In Collaboration with ESAT Program

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:

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Join us for an award-winning film screening at the Bronson Centre

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.

Movie: Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/deaddonkeysfearnohyenas/205362161 

Date: March 13th at 7PM

Location: Bronson Centre, Ottawa

Tickets can also be purchased on eventbrite or from Hareg Cafe, 587 Bank Street, Ottawa and by making a reservation via info@celada.ca:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dead-donkeys-fear-no-hyenas-film-screening-ethiopian-vegetarian-dinner-tickets-43774979141

Ethiopian vegetarian dinner will be catered by Hareg Cafe from 5PM – 6:45PM

http://www.haregcafeottawa.com/

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Register for the March 27th CELADA Panel on Women’s Land Rights featuring a Speaker from the ILC

Experts report that while women in Africa contribute 70 per cent of food production, they often lack rights to land. As a result, donors like Canada, have been encouraged to consider and address land-related issues in their development policy, programme and research initiatives given their critical role in women’s empowerment. UN agencies such as FAO and UN Women are also working with non-governmental organizations to raise awareness among women of their rights and to support efforts to entrench equality of access in national laws.

Join CELADA on March 27th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM on the UOttawa campus for a panel presentation, featuring Dr. Ward Anseeuw from the International Land Coalition (ILC) in Rome, that will offer greater insight on how gender-sensitive land policies have translated to real progress for women’s land rights in Africa. Panelists will also debate what is needed to increase women’s security of access to land and what role Canada as a donor plays in that regard.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit our eventbrite pagehttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/security-of-access-to-land-for-african-women-farmers-tickets-32556663858

***While Mike Taylor was originally chosen as the keynote speaker for this event, due to unforeseen circumstances, he can no longer travel to Ottawa. That said, he has asked his colleague at the ILC, Ward Anseeuw, to speak in his place. Ward is an expert in African land policy issues and we feel fortunate in having him as our keynote.

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