Event Series Finale a Huge Success

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WOW!

Tuesday’s event hosted with CommuniTree and Art in Action was such a special gathering of friends, colleagues, partners, family, and folks who were new to the work of Women’s Earth Alliance. As Joanna Macy noted during her talk, together, we certainly modeled an “adventure in collaboration!”

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The Brower Center’s first ever Eco-Art and Urban Farm Reception was fabulously coordinated by CommuniTree and Art in Action. The good sounds of master kora player Youssoupha Sidibe provided the perfect soundscape to experience the powerful work of Planting Justice, Mo’Betta Foods, Kulture Freedom, People’s Grocery, Oakland Food Connection, Healthy Hoodz, Farm Fresh Choice and Bamboo Bike ProjectRichmond Spokes!

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Last night was the third and last event in our event series WEAving the Worlds Fall 2009, Coming up From the Roots. We started this event series in September with Ashwini Narayanan from Microplace. She talked about the power of women and the potential of microlending to change the world. In October we learned about the green jobs movement from Vien Truong from Green For All and Wahleah Johns from Black Mesa Water Coalition.

Check out event photos on Flicker!

What does ‘land’ mean to you?

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From World Pulse:

Does it evoke images of the dusty streets you walked down as a child or memories of the sacred land you grew up on? Does your mind wander to property rights or the importance of respecting the earth? Maybe you have a broader definition of the word and recall a time you landed on your feet after taking a leap of faith.
World Pulse is pleased to announce an exciting, new opportunity to be published in the next edition of our print magazine, Earth, which showcases women leaders who are protecting and restoring the planet’s ecosystems. We are asking women around the world, and their allies, to tell us what Land means to them.

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Learn more about this opportunity here. And consider sharing your story.
The photos you see here are from our recent Learning Delegation to Northern India. Want to see more? Click here.

Why Women’s Rights Matter to Our Food

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Katherine Gustafson wrote a beautiful call to action on change.org. She quoted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“We have seen again and again . . . that women are entrepreneurial, accountable, and practical,” said Clinton.
“So women are a wise investment. And since the majority of the world’s farmers are women, it’s critical that our investments in agriculture leverage their ambition and perseverance.”

We couldn’t agree more.
On our recent Learning Delegation to Northern India we learned that the women we met with need greater connection with practitioner and information networks, as well as access to marketing support, appropriate technologies, capital, and business development training. Although there is a growing movement of women change agents and the visionary men who stand as their allies, women’s efforts remain largely isolated and underserved. We’re working on these issues through partnerships, capacity building and seed money.
Will you join us?

From The Fields : From seed to root

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By Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond
We have just returned from our India Women and Agriculture Learning Exchange.
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This rich and informative tour through Northern India brought 14 women practitioners and advocates in agriculture and food systems to the frontlines of India’s sustainable agriculture movement.As we journeyed through the vast and diverse country, we observed time and time again the vital yet under-recognized role that women farmers play in India’s food and agriculture sector. Although we are well familiar with the jarring statistic that more than 84% of women in India are involved in agricultural activities, we were reminded with each visit that women truly are central to the world’s food production. In each village we visited, we heard women describe the importance of accessing the training, capital, market opportunities, and moral support they need to ensure the health and sustainability of their communities.
4078907359_5a8c7e98c3_oThroughout the journey, we heard a very clear theme:

Women need greater connection with practitioner and information networks, as well as access to marketing support, appropriate technologies, capital, and business development training. Although there is a growing movement of women change agents and the visionary men who stand as their allies, women’s efforts remain largely isolated and underserved.

Amidst the challenges, we observed countless stories of triumph and courage. From village to village, women are upholding the knowledge of traditional agriculture techniques, saving seeds, launching advocacy campaigns, creating cooperatives, and modeling the solutions.
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Our vision for the Women and Agriculture Initiative is infused with the spirit of these women’s successes, and we hope to play a meaningful role in connecting resources to needs in this burgeoning movement.
4078906693_91b434734d_oWe now enter the Learning Exchange Assessment phase of our work.  We will work as a group to synthesize the challenges and needs we saw, heard and witnessed on our trip.  We will then prepare an outline of capacity-building training programs and advocacy projects that work to address those needs.  We’ll keep you posted as the vision unfolds…

amira3_thumb[2] MK_thumb[8] Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond are Co-Directors of Women’s Earth Alliance.  You can read more about them and what they’ve been involved with before WEA on our website.

More pictures from the trip can be found on our Flickr page.
This is the final post of our series entitled From The Fields which followed WEA’s Women and Agriculture delegation on their 10 day journey through Northern India. Read more about this initiative here.

Do you want to support our work in India and sustainable agriculture?  Donate today.

Join us! Joanna Macy and more on Tues, 11/10/09

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We’ve just returned from our 10 day journey through Northern India where we launched our Women and Agriculture Initiative (we blogged about it – take a look)!  Coming soon are pictures, a summary of the lessons we learned, and our next steps.  So stay tuned for that.  In the meantime…

Join us this coming Tuesday, November 10 for an energizing and  dynamic evening here at the David Brower Center.  It’s the last event in our WEAving the Worlds – Coming Up from the Roots event series (click here to learn about the first two events).  And it promises to be inspiring and fun.

Starting at 6:30pm : Eco-Art and Urban Farm Reception

Start the evening with a dynamic reception presented in partnership with Art in Action and CommuniTree, featuring sustainable agriculture and community resiliency projects including Green Media Arts Center, the first green arts and media center for low income youth in the Bay Area, along with live music provided by master kora player Youssoupha Sidibe.

 

Starting at 8:00pm : Amira Diamond and Joanna Macy

Amira Diamond, WEA’s Co-Director will report on WEA’s Fall 2009 India Women and Agriculture Learning Exchange.  She’ll tell us first-hand stories about women on the front lines of India’s sustainable agriculture movement; we’ll learn about communities creating resiliency through art and healthy solutions to our local and global food crises, and we will enjoy an artistic performance by Art in Action and CommuniTree.  Finally, we will experience the wisdom of Joanna Macy.

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Event details:

Reception 6:30pm, Program 8:00pm

David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94704

$15 in advance, $18 at the door

Purchase tickets here.  Activist tickets are available!

All proceeds to benefit Women’s Earth Alliance and CommuniTree.

Special thanks to our Promotional Partners Earth Island Institute, Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, Global Exchange, Global Fund for Women, HUB Bay Area, and Sacred Land Film Project.

And thanks to our event sponsors GreenHome.com and Back to Earth Organic Catering!