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Farmer, Food + Ag Workshops at the World Social Forum in Montreal

Join us in Montreal for the World Social Forum, August 9-15!

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The goal of the World Social Forum 2016 is to gather tens of thousands of people from groups in civil society, organizations and social movements who want to build a sustainable and inclusive world, where every person and every people has its place and can make its voice heard.

So make your voice heard! USC Canada will be hosting and taking part in many events throughout the Forum. Join us!

Mobilizing against corporate control over land, food and seeds, and building alternatives

When: August 10 | 1:00 - 3:30PM
Where: Université Mcgill, Pavillon Mass (Local 112 ) | 801, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Pat Mooney, ETC Group, Canada
Lucy Sharratt , CBAN, Canada
Devlin Kuyek, GRAIN, Canada
Aïsha Dodwell, Global Justice Now, UK
Mamadou Goïta, Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN, AFSA), West Africa
Carol Sproule, National Farmers' Union, Canada
La Via Campesina

Corporations are grabbing land and seeds from farmers, local communities and indigenous peoples as they aim to take control over every part of our food system. This workshop will expose the major trends of corporate control in global food and farming. Join us to share and discuss resistance strategies and alternatives that build food sovereignty.

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Science from the field: Farmer led research to feed the world in a changing climate

When: August 11 | 9:00 - 11:30AM
Where: Université du Québec à Montréal, Pavillon A (Local A-2885) | 400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Loïc Dewavrin, Coop Agrobio du Québec
Marvin Gómez , USC Canada/FIPAH, Honduras
Leah Temper, USC Canada
Dan Brisebois, Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol
Pratap Shrestha, USC Canada
Yann Vergriete, USC Canada

Agroecology combines traditional and local knowledge with the methods of modern science. Come learn how farmers are doing research in their own fields - research that will help them adapt to an ever changing climate. We invite you to discuss the collaborations between growers and scientists, happening in Canada and Latin America.

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La jeunesse est dans le pré

When: August 11 | 1:00 - 3:30PM
Where: Université du Québec à Montréal, Pavillon A (Local A-2830) | 400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Linda Gagnon, SUCO
Maxime Laplante , Union Paysanne
Olivier Noël, Coopérative pour l'agriculture de proximité écologique
Marvin Gomez, USC Canada/FIPAH
Geneviève Grossenbacher, fermière et membre du National New Farmer Coalition et du New Farmer Initiative
Représentant de La Via Campesina

As the average age of farmers gets higher and more people leave the countryside for cities, young people continue to courageously take up farming. Speakers will discuss the challenges facing young farmers in the North and South and what's being done to address them.

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Agroecology for a healthy planet

When: August 12 | 9:00 - 11:30AM
Where: Université du Québec à Montréal, Pavillon A (Local A-M050) | 400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

François Delvaux, CIDSE
Thibault Mony du Centre paysan
Magory St-Fleur du mouvement Papaya (Développement et Paix)
Hélène Boyko-Tremblay
Linda Gagnon, SUCO
Marvin Gómez, USC Canada/FIPAH, Honduras

Over thousands of years, peasant farmers developed agricultural practices that use local knowledge, respect resources, and complement the diversity and synergies of the ecosystem. Come to an Agroecology 101 and learn why these methods are still used and built upon, and why agroecology is a response and a solution to climate change.

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Let's talk about food sovereignty and political opportunities

When: August 12 | 1:00 - 3:30PM
Where: Université McGill, Pavillon Burnside (Local 1B45) | 805, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Diana Bronson, Food Secure Canada
Eric Darier, Greenpeace International
François Delvaux, Coopération internationale pour le développement et la solidarité
Mamadou Goita, Institut de recherche et de promotion des alternatives de développement en Afrique
Margorie St Fleur, Mouvement paysan Papaye

Food sovereignty is an internationally recognized principle, wherein food constitutes a fundamental pillar of the health and vitality of individuals, communities, economies, and ecosystems. Throughout these discussions, we will identify policy solutions to promote food sovereignty.

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We'll also be at Place Pasteur with a table set up, so swing by and say hi!

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