Small but mighty: Can small-scale farmers feed the world?

Even ten years after the food crisis of 2007/08, news of famine has not abated. Despite small-scale farmers contributing disproportionately to world food production, their own human rights hang in the balance being. Small scale farmers, as a group, are at high risk of expulsion, land grabbing, hunger and malnutrition. The 2007 food crisis was caused by unsustainable agricultural and commercial policy, which is oriented towards profit maximisation, growth and industrialisation. The dominant actors are corporations and governments, while small and sustainable food producers and consumers are unable to participate.

A paradigm shift is needed to transform this system from the bottom up or face more severe food crises in the future. Bernhard Freyer (BOKU), David Jelinek (ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria), Karin Lukas (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights), Waltraud Rabitsch (Austrian Development Agency) und Brigitte Reisenberger (FIAN Österreich) will discuss the contribution of small-scale farmers and why it’s so significant, their right and how they are being violated and, importantly, how human rights mechanisms can be employed to overcome these challenges and remove the barriers which hinder the fight for nutritious food for all. Moderation: Irene Brickner (Der Standard).

Kindly observe that this event is held in German. Following the discussion, the Research Centre Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights would like to invite you to join the subsequent reception.

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This HUMAN RIGHTS TALK will be recorded by ZIGE.TV and will be made available on the ZIGE.TV YouTube Channel following the event. The HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS take place in cooperation with Der Standard, profil online, ZIGE.TV and Zeitschrift juridikum.

The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with FIAN Österreich and Brot für die Welt.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at this event and would be grateful if you could forward this invitation to interested colleagues.

Donnerstag, 2. November 2017 - 19:00
Dachgeschoß des Juridicums (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien)