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Vandana Shiva 26./27. June in Witzenhausen

Vandana Shiva is coming to Witzenhausen!

On 26.06.11 she speaks in the Bürgerhaus, Am Sande, regarding the 25th anniversary of the Association for Conservation of Plant Biodiversity.

On 27.06. she will lecture at 8.30-10.00 h at the Neue Aula, Nordbahnhofstr. She gives the lecture “Seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture”.

Everybody is invited.


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Natural State

> Natural State
> by Maya Stein
> Because this is not who you are, really,
> pale-faced and purposeless, wandering
> the tiny acreage of your living room like a calf
> strayed too far from the fold and finding itself
> in the dregs of the field, where the spring mud
> clings and cloys.
> No, you are not that animal, not that field,
> not that edge, not that muck.
> Still, you peruse the catalogue of these familiars –
> narratives that make you feel less beautiful,
> the drawing and quartering of that which failed
> to live up to your best expectations, the ill-fitting
> memories from your childhood which,
> despite your efforts to render them whimsical
> testaments of your innocence and haplessness,
> nevertheless have clothed you with embarrassment
> that’s lasted for years.
> There is a trophy wall of catastrophe and collision
> you could knock your head against daily if you wish.
> Don’t worry.
> This is your natural state, which is to say
> you are living between these three stories:
> What was, and what is, and all that you carry –
> fervently, wildly, unstoppably – in your bones,
> the great carnival ride of the who knows what.
> Here you are.
> A liminal moonscape, a rope bridge of thick,
> unintelligible leaves,
> a foreign country where you can’t decipher
> the train schedule and where the menu
> has devolved into a toothy collection
> of consonants.
> It will be alright.
> You will find your way.
> The map is in your back pocket,
> where it’s always been.

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European Organic Congress Update: Registration Ends May 22nd!


EU Hungarian Presidency


Main Sponsors:

European Organic Congress in Gödöllő, Hungary, May 31st to June 1st

“Organic Farming as Opportunity for European Agriculture”

Congress Update:

Registration Ends May 22nd!

The European Organic Congress is fast approaching! With only 18 days left to register, it is the perfect opportunity to arrange all your travel and accommodation needs.

The Hungarian EU Presidency and the IFOAM EU Group are organising the European Organic Congress, “Organic Farming as opportunity for European Agriculture”, which will take place:

Tuesday, May, 31, 2011 – Wednesday, June, 1, 2011

Gödöllő Castle, Gödöllő, Hungary


The conference will provide participants the opportunity to discuss current developments in agriculture and politics with high level policy makers, representatives of the organic food and farming sector as well as experts from scientific, political and practical backgrounds; guided by the question: What policy framework and what impulse does organic farming need in order to be an engine for rural economies and a pioneer for future agriculture?

Experts on the opening panel will deliver a broad picture of where organic agriculture stands today and give prospects for its future role. Olivier de Schutter will present the importance of agro-ecology as food concept for the future demonstrate the development of organic farming in new EU member states (Péter Roszik), elaborate a model for a consistent EU policy framework for organic farming (Stephan Dabbert) and show best practice examples of local processing and marketing as contribution to the development of sustainable rural economies.

High level policy makers will discuss the future of EU policies related to food and farming on the policy leader’s panel: Starting with Sándor Fazekas, host of the event and Hungarian Minister for Rural Development; Dacian Cioloş, European Agriculture Commissioner; Marek Sawicki, Polish Minister for Agrciulture, to take over the chair of the Council of Farm ministers on 1st July this year, and Paolo de Castro, Agriculture Chairman in the European Parliament.

The workshops on the second day will give participants the chance to discuss aspects of sustainable development of rural economies especially in new member states; the future Common Agricultural Policy as well as consistent policy frameworks for Organic farming in more depth.

A final panel discussion, beginning with a key note speech by Jørgen E. Olesen on the future of agriculture in times of climate change and other pressing challenges, will provide the chance to highlight different aspects on the future of agriculture. Excellent panellists that stand for different societal and political fields are a guarantee for a lively debate on the future of food and farming.

(More information regarding the programme can be found on the congress website)

Please take this opportunity to register for the congress.
· For more information regarding the congress please visit the website:,_Hungary.aspx
· To register please follow the following link:
Register Here

For further information, please contact:

Congress Team, IFOAM EU Group
Tel: +32 (0)2 280 12 23, Fax: +32 (0)2 735 73 81, E-mail: congress

Rue du Commerce 124
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 280 11 51
Fax: +32 2 735 7381

European Organic Congress “Organic Farming as Opportunity for European Agriculture” Gödöllő, Hungary – May 31st to June 1st

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The IFOAM EU Group is the European working level within the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. It brings together more than 300 organisations, associations and enterprises from all EU-27, EFTA and candidate countries. IFOAM´s goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.

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Call for Papers LACEA/IADB/WB/UNDP Research Network on Inequality and Poverty / Cuernavaca Mexico / June 15th 2011

Call for Papers

XVI Annual Meetings of the LACEA / IADB / WB/ UNDP Research Network on Inequality and Poverty

Cuernavaca, Mexico – June 15th, 2011

The next meeting of the LACEA/IDB/WB/UNDP Network on Inequality and
Poverty (NIP) will be held in Cuernavaca, Mexico on June 15th, 2011.

The NIP is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding the causes and consequences of soverty, inequality, and social exclusion, as well as on the whole
range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence their dynamics. For more information on the NIP, go to

Next meeting will focus on “Impact of programs and policies on poverty and inequality.” We welcome submission of papers under this general theme.

Papers (in Word or PDF) should be sent to: Miguel Jaramillo (mjaramillo) and Elia Carrasco (elia.carrasco) by May 16, 2011. Strict compliance with
this deadline is required.

Papers will be selected on the basis of academic merit. Submitted papers will be reviewed by a program committee made of members of the Executive Committee of the Network. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by e-mail. Every accepted paper will be included in the program and will have a discussant. We expect to communicate our decisions by May 23.

The NIP may offer partial funding for travel expenses for those participants who are not able to obtain full financial support from their institutions or other sources. If authors require financial
support, they should indicate it at the time of submission of the paper. In order to receive funding from NIP, authors whose papers were accepted must be members of LACEA and current on their membership dues by the time of the meeting.

Inquiries concerning the meeting should be sent to: Miguel Jaramillo Chair of the Executive Committee, NIP

(mjaramillo) and Elia Carrasco (elia.carrasco).

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Tropentag 2011 – Extension of deadline for contributions

> Tropentag 2011
> University of Bonn, October 5-7, 2011
> ‘Development on the margin’
> for those of you who have not yet submitted an abstract for Tropentag 2011, > please be informed that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been > extended to Monday 30th May 2011.
> All other dates remain unchanged.
> Also this year the Tropentag offers the possibility for students enroled at a > European university to become a student reporter. For further information use > the following link:
> > 11.pdf


> If you would like to register as conference participant, you may use the > following link:
> >