Food Sovereignty & Agriculture In Cuba Webinar

Title: Food Sovereignty & Agriculture In Cuba Webinar
When: November 4th, 2019 6:30PM-7:45PMEST
Where: On-line webinar using Zoom platform.
Cost: FREE, but registration is required. See link below.

Curious about Cuban Agriculture?  Join us for this FREE event!

Come learn about Cuba’s dramatic transition into agroecological and organic farming practices and the institutions that made this shift possible.

In this live webinar we will hear from headline presenter Roberto Pérez-Rivero, representative of the Cuban NGO, the Antonio Nunez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity and featured in the internationally acclaimed film, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.

Roberto and other presenters will discuss food sovereignty in Cuba and how small farmers have transformed the Cuban food system through agroecology and national policies that prioritize organic farming and hunger remediation.  There will be time at the end for Q&A.

Also learn about Organic Growers School’s upcoming trips to Cuba with Tour Coordinator Sera Deva.

Panelist Bios

Roberto Pérez-Rivero

Roberto Pérez-Rivero

Roberto has been part of the Cuban Permaculture Movement since its introduction in the country in 1993. Roberto brings 20 years of experience implementing International Cooperation Programs and Projects on environment, sustainable agriculture and permaculture, community development and biodiversity in Cuba and several other countries. He has worked for 17 years at the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the Cuban NGO that is the central node for the Cuban Permaculture Movements since late 1995.  Roberto’s present passion is how to apply Permaculture in school outdoor areas and then use this green space for Environmental and Food Education.

Faith Morgan

Faith is co-creator of the internationally acclaimed 2006 film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, which features Roberto Pérez-Rivero as a prominent speaker.  She is currently working on a sequel film about Cuba called Earth Island, Energy and Community, about our need to live within energy and resource limits.

Malia Everette

Malia Everette

CEO, Altruvistas

Malia is the CEO and Founder of Altruvistas, a foundation and travel company which promotes transformational philanthropy and social responsibility in the travel industry.  She has over two decades of experience pioneering cultural and educational exchanges and has facilitated tours to over 80 countries around the world, focusing on international relations, human rights, political economy, sustainable development, women’s issues, and the resilience of indigenous cultures. 

Katherine Angier

Katherine Angier

Environmental Defense Fund

Katherine Angier is a Princeton High Meadows Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), where she is coordinating the expansion of EDF’s work in Cuba to include sustainable agriculture. For the last two decades, EDF has supported science-based management of Cuba’s marine ecosystems and fisheries, but recognized the essential role of sustainable land management in maintaining healthy oceans and coasts. Katherine is developing this land-sea perspective by organizing knowledge exchanges between Cuban and international farmers and scientists on the topics of sustainable agriculture and coastal resilience.

Rod Bowling

Rod Bowling

2018 Tour Participant

Rod Bowling has been homesteading with his wife Cindy Trisler, a potter, on their small mountain farm in rural Madison County, NC for many years. They produce eggs, vegetables, and value-added products for their private-market customers. Rod is also CFO of Organic Growers School, host of the Cuba adventure. He attended the 2018 tour with OGS.

Sera Deva

Sera Deva

Tour Organizer, Organic Growers School

Sera’s love affair with Cuban agriculture began in 2013 when she took a Tropical Cropping Systems class in school, and read the Food First book Sustainable Agriculture & Resistance in Cuba. She had the opportunity to attend the last Food First Food Sovereignty Tour to Cuba in 2016, where she was inspired to continue the work at Organic Growers School and brought it on as a program in 2018. When she’s not geeking out over genetics, systems theory or soil hydrology, she spends her time growing and eating food in the South Toe Valley in Burnsville, NC.

For more information on this program, please contact Sera Deva, Farmer Programs & Conference Coordinator at farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org