Scotland Community Exhibition

Rothes

Moray

09 Oct 2018 -

09 Oct 2019

Isles of Uist

Scotland

The community exhibition held in Scotland was organised in tandem with the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), recognising young crofters with an awards ceremony at the ‘Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting’ event in Rothes, Moray on 9th October 2019.

Isles of Uist, Scotland. Photographer: Sophie Gerrard 

The Isles of Uist lie off the coast of Scotland, forming the last stronghold of both the Gaelic language and a crofting tradition that has maintained small-scale farming for generations. Neil and Morag MacPherson are third generation crofters who grow small oats and bere barley for seed, ensuring the local community can rely on the resilience of their crops which have adapted to the harsh climate of the Western Isles. Meanwhile, over on North Uist, the MacDonalds operate a herd of 300 highland cattle, which are fed on a mix of arable crops grown on the croft. In Autumn, they are led over to a neighbouring tidal island where they will stay and graze for the winter. Angus’ croft was handed onto him some years ago by his mother, Ena, who still remembers the days of growing up here hunting, fishing and helping the community harvest every September until nightfall. Determined to see this legacy continue she speaks out nationally on crofters rights. ‘You have hard times and you have good times. If you really love it you just carry on. It is something that is in your blood.’ she says.

Spain Community Exhibition

Seville

11 Oct 2018 -

11 Oct 2019

Andalusia

Spain

RAS (Red Andaluza de Semillas) organised an exhibition in the Public Library ‘Biblioteca Pública Infanta Elena’ in Seville, over the same 10-day period as the London launch exhibition, 11th – 22nd October 2018. They organised a series of events, where farmers, seed savers and volunteers gave various talks about seed, organic farming and farmers’ experiences on the ground in Andalusia. Arantxa from RAS said “it has been quite an experience really beautiful. In Seville, many people have visited the exhibition and have attended the talks, and the important thing is that we have contributed to this precious project, spreading the principles of sustainability and the dignity of food producers in a sustainable way, this is our contribution to Gaia and it has been a pleasure! Surely the exhibition has been precious all over the world!“.

La Marinaleda, Spain. Photographer: Spencer Murphy 

The people of Marinaleda town, after many years of unemployment and hardship, rose up and laid claim to the abandoned lands of the local nobility by starting a cooperative. Marinaleda is now living proof of their own motto, ‘Otro Mundo es posible’ – ‘Another World is Possible’.

London Launch Exhibition

300+

Images

12 Oct 2018 -

21 Oct 2019

Bargehouse Gallery

London, UK

When: 12th – 21st October 2018. (This event has now passed)

We Feed the World’s London launch exhibition showcases an extraordinary collection of 300+ photographs of farming communities at the Bargehouse Gallery on London’s Southbank. It will feature original work by Martin Parr, Rankin, Graciela Iturbide, Stefan Ruiz, Susan Meiselas, David Chancellor and a team of more than 40 renowned photographers from around the world.

Accompanying the exhibition is an exciting ten day programme of talks, workshops and films, from activists and leaders in the food and farming movement including Louise Gray, author of Ethical Carnivore, Riverford CEO, Guy Watson, plus a key note address by US activist, Anna Lappe. A number of the photographers who have contributed to the exhibition will also be speaking and holding daily curated tours of the gallery.

On the ground floor there will be a daily farmers market, featuring farmers and producers from around London and beyond, a Café Direct stall serving coffee from farmers featured in the exhibition and a Divine Chocolate stand selling their latest chocolate produced with farmers who are also featured in the exhibition.

Daily programme of FREE events

47+

Events

12 Oct 2018 -

21 Oct 2019

Bargehouse

London

London. Oxo Tower. © Gaia Foundation, We Feed the World Exhibition. 2018

When: 12th – 21st October 2018 (This event has now passed)

During the London Launch of We Feed the World, 47+ events will be taking place on the second floor of the Bargehouse Gallery on London’s Southbank.

We have a jam-packed 10 day programme of events, workshops, talks and film screenings, hosted in partnership with We Feed the World farmers, photographer and organisations from around the world, including the LWA, Sustain, ITF, Soil Association, Organic Research Centre, PAN UK and many more.

Click here to view the full programme.

Good Food March

14 Oct 2018 -

14 Oct 2019

Westminster

London

When: 11.30am, Sunday 14th October, 2018 (This event has now passed)

Where:  Meeting at Parliament Square, Westminster

Route & Finish: The march will proceed along a direct route to the Bargehouse Gallery (Southbank,opposite the Oxo Tower) where speakers will deliver talks as part of the We Feed the World exhibition. 

This October the bounties of the autumn harvest are not the only thing on our tables. The future of food and farming hangs in the balance with the Second Reading of the UK’s Agriculture Bill about to take place at Westminster. If you believe in healthy food and a healthy planet then join us to demand a better and fairer food system. March with us on Sunday 14th October to stand in solidarity with the small-holder farmers producing the food we really need.

“As we leave the European Common Agricultural Policy, the UK agriculture bill will determine the future of our food system for the next 50 years or more. If you want that food system to support farmers to produce healthy, affordable food for everyone, please join us.”  Jyoti Fernandes,  The Landworkers Alliance

We all have a right to good food. Aright to chemical-free produce, a plate that doesn’t cost the Earth, and nutritious food for our children. Thisis your opportunity to stand up and be counted as others seek to determine the future of food in the UK.

Organised by The Gaia Foundation & The Landworkers Alliance  in solidarity with small-holder farmers in the UK and around the world ahead of World Food Day (16th).

Philippines Community Exhibition

SM City Iloilo Mall

Zarraga

19 Oct 2018 -

19 Oct 2019

Panay Island

Philippines

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ZIDOFA (Zarraga Integrated Diversified Organic Farmers Association) reached hundreds of people by hosting their community exhibition at the SM City Iloilo Mall on October 19th till October 25th 2018. Read their story below.

Zarraga, Philippines. Photographer: Hannah Reyes Morales 

Like many farmers around the world, the rice farmers from Zarraga on Panay Island found themselves trapped in a cycle of using chemical fertilisers to grow their rice crops. What had been sold to them initially as a way to increase yields, very quickly became a trap, leaving them with soils depleted of nutrients and unable to grow anything without more chemical inputs. The cycle left these once self-sufficient farmers dependent on agri-chemical companies, who sold them not just the fertilisers but the seeds as well. There seemed no way out until they learnt about SRI (System of Rice Intensification), a method of rice production that uses regenerative agricultural techniques and has proven to produce bigger yields in many countries around the world. Now, four years on, 40 farmers on the island are enjoying the same results; harvesting double the amount of rice and no longer suffering the health effects of using chemicals on a daily basis. Today, the farmers, the buffalo, the fish and the soils of Panay Island are thriving.

Devon Community Exhibition

Chagford Community Farm

150 people

20 Oct 2018 -

20 Oct 2019

Devon

England

Chagford community market garden hosted an exhibition of the photos in conjunction with their annual harvest festival on Saturday 20th October 2018. The event was attended by more than 150 people who took a keen interest in the photos and the campaign for greater recognition of the smallholder farmers who truly feed the world.

Ed Hamer, Devon. Photographer: Rankin 

Ed Hamer represents a new generation of young farmers who are determined to put farming and food production back at the heart of community life in the UK. With his family, a few growers and an army of volunteers, he runs a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA) on five acres just outside the idyllic Devon village of Chagford. Now in its tenth successful year, the CSA provides organic vegetables and an increasing array of other produce for a hundred families living in the area.

Exhibition at Amorevore Food and Arts Festival

26 Oct 2018 -

28 Oct 2019

Ibiza

Spain

When: 26th – 28th October 2018 (This event has now passed)

Amorevore is a new family-friendly food and arts festival taking place in Ibiza this October that puts food culture and artistic expression at its heart. The festival aims to educate and entertain guests through a delicious and cutting edge food and arts programme.

The festival will host a smaller We Feed the World exhibition across the weekend. Find out more here!

Slovakia Community Exhibition

50 people

27 Oct 2018 -

27 Oct 2019

Dhla Nad Vahom

Slovakia

On the 27th October 2018, Zuzana Pastorková held her community exhibition in a friend’s courtyard. She was pleasantly surprised that despite the rain, over 50 people of all ages came to explore the photos and eat the wonderful spread of food she had prepared. Zuzana has attracted local media attention through the exhibition and plans on continuing to spread the word of her farm and the exhibition throughout the coming months. Read her story below.

Zuzana Pastorková, Slovakia. Photographer: Tina Hillier 

In the small village of Dhla Nad Vahom, Zuzana Pastorková, runs a market garden from the seeds and cuttings given to her by the local community. Zuzana puts the success of the garden down to the way everything works together, including her six Indian runner ducks who roam freely eating the pests from the plants. ‘This is very different to industrial agriculture. To understand what’s happening in nature you have to be quiet and observe and then the answers emerge on their own’.

Nicaragua Community Exhibition

FEM

200 people

31 Oct 2018 -

31 Oct 2019

Northern Nicaragua

FEM (Fundación Entre Mujeres – Foundation Between Women) took the opportunity to host their first exhibition on October 31 2018, in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the FEM and commemoration of the 15th October international day of rural women. With more than 200 peasant women present, they said “the photos looked amazing and it made us proud to know that us women are part of this global campaign”.

The Goddesses, Nicaragua. Photographer: Susan Meiselas 

Reyna Merlo and Isabel Zamora first met at a women’s gathering twenty years ago. As single mothers without land or money, they had no choice but to work for the tobacco plantations that dominate Northern Nicaragua. Their chance meeting led to a brave decision; to take control of their lives by creating an organic coffee growing cooperative called La Fundación Entre Mujeres (FEM). The cooperative, also known as Las Diosas (The Goddesses), now has 1500 female members and provides a huge infrastructure for women in similar situations, running their own schools, self-defense groups, seed reservoirs and a coffee factory.

New Zealand Community Exhibition

Marae

Community Hall

07 Nov 2018 -

07 Nov 2019

Waipatu

New Zealand

The community of Waipatu had a small but very worthwhile exhibition at the marae (village hall/community centre for the Maori). Read their story below.

Aunty’s Garden, New Zealand. Photographer: Russell Kleyn 

On the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island is a small town called Waipatu. It was once a thriving place with families and gardens, steeped in ancestral heritage. Today, many of the families have moved away to find work in the cities. However, thanks to Arohanui (Hanui) Lawrence, also known locally as Aunty, the gardens of the local ‘marae’ – the meeting house – have once again become a food growing hub where locals can come and take away fresh produce grown in the spiral shaped vegetable patches that are lovingly tended to by Aunty and her team of volunteers. While the vegetables provide much needed nutrition for the local Maori population, it is the community aspect of growing that Aunty cherishes most. The highlight of the year is when the family return home to help harvest the kumara – a white flesh sweet potato – and grandchildren and great-grandchildren work alongside their elders carrying on a tradition that is over 800 years old.

East Flores Community Exhibition

Likotuden

08 Nov 2018 -

08 Nov 2019

East Flores

Indonesia

Martin Westlake who photographed the sorghum ladies, returned to their great delight to give them their portraits. The photo attached shows the women enjoying sifting through the photos of themselves and their friends. “Last week I was back at the sorghum village in Flores. Before shooting Maria’s portrait I spent some time with the sorghum ladies and gave them prints of their portraits from last year – it was very precious to see how overjoyed they were with the photos.”

Likotuden, Indonesia. Photographer: Martin Westlake 

Community leader Maria Loretha spent months travelling around the remote villages of East Flores talking to elders, before she eventually found the indigenous sorghum seed varieties that used to grow prolifically in this region of Indonesia. The ancient crop had all but died out as successive governments encouraged farmers to grow white rice and maize instead. For the women of Likotuden, the old sorghum seeds have become a route to independence, allowing them to feed their families and break free from a reliance on chemical fertilisers and subsequent debt. 

Finland Community Exhibition

Selkie School

16 Nov 2018 -

16 Nov 2019

Selkie

Finland

This Selkie exhibit was organised on 16th November 2018 as a part of a village council event “Traditions of Selkie” at the Selkie school. Additionally, Matti Martikainen prepared 8mm films from 1960s and 1970s from Selkie on bear hunting, fisheries, berry picking, preparing traditional bread, and many other traditional actions.

Selkie, Finland. Photographer: Joel Karpannen 

Located in North Karelia, in the far-east of the Finnish Boreal, the people of Selkie have relied on fishing, hunting and berry gathering for thousands of years. In the midst of this landscape lies Linnunsuo (‘Marsh of the Birds’ in Finnish); now a big, beautiful wetland where birds stop and nest on their migrations to and from Siberia. Not so long ago, however, Linnunsuo was an active mine where peat – a potent fossil fuel – was stripped from the earth. The death of a large number of fish, led the villagers of Selkie to start a campaign that saw them become the first community in Finland to get an active peat mine shut down. Since then they have embarked on an ambitious programme to protect and re-wild wetlands, like Linnunsuo, using a combination of traditional knowledge and science. 

Sweden Community Exhibition

Kalix Galleria

16 Nov 2018 -

16 Nov 2019

Kalix

Sweden

The Kustringen community hosted their exhibition at the end of last year in the Kalix Galleria, their shopping centre in Kalix, the most frequently visited location in the area, reaching many members of public and sharing many of the stories from around the world, as well as their own. Read their story below.

Kalix, Sweden. Photographer: Clare Benson 

As well as a source of food and a means of income, fishing is away of life here. It is woven deep into the language and knowledge of local people. But Joakim Bostrom and his friends could be the last generation to pass this knowledge on to their children. New Swedish legislation banning all fishing in waters less than three metres in depth threatens to criminalise the ancestral fishing methods of the Kustringen fishermen and fails to recognise their ability to steward Nature and maintain the health of the fish.

Benin Community Exhibition

Djomon Town

4326 people

28 Dec 2018 -

28 Dec 2019

Benin

West Africa

12 communities of Benin, including Todedji, organised a festival and exhibition in tandem with the national day of ancestral religions, with over 4300 visitors. “GRABE Benin…created a photo exhibition to show the whole community, the work of Beninois farming women and from the rest of the world. Thanks to Gaia for this support and providing this opportunity. The women and the whole community were really happy because it took them back to the solidarity between women’s groups and the rewarding work of the land”. Read their story below.

Houenoussou, Benin. Photographer: Fabrice Monteiro  

Every Wednesday morning in Todedji, members of the women’s cooperative (Houenoussou) gather to eat together before heading off to their two hectare market garden on the banks of the river Noire. Their work not only provides food for the village but it ensures that the traditional knowledge and ancestral seed varieties – which are more resilient to climate change – will be preserved and handed down to their daughters.

Lush Spring Prize

Lush Spring Prize 2019

22 May 2019 -

22 May 2020

Rich Mix, London

We Feed the World was proud to attended the Lush Spring Prize on Wednesday 22nd May at Rich Mix in London, to help celebrate championing projects around the world for their work towards social and environmental regeneration. Natural cosmetics company Lush, help fund and support grassroots organisations in their work towards regeneration, from tomato farmers in Italy helping support and integrate migrant and refugee communities to Zimbabwe wide smallholder organic farmers forums (ZIMSOFF), helping build a diverse and localised movement towards a more resilient future. Host to a programme packed full with talks, workshops and the prize giving ceremony, the event saw many gather to not only celebrate, but debate what regeneration looks like in its myriad forms and what we can all do to help support and contribute to this growing movement.

Nelson Mudzingwa, one of the founding members of ZIMSOFF, who are representatives of a community featured in the We Feed the World exhibition and a part of global peasant farmers movement Via Campesina, took to the stage to discuss approaches to regenerative agriculture. Bringing with him insight from Zimbabwe, he stated that by building community and empowering marginalised voices such as women elders, we can build a more resilient and just food and faming system which recognises Nature and the value in ecologically-based practices for all.

A selection of the resilient stories of farmers featured in We Feed the World were displayed across the walls of Rich Mix, bringing to the conversations the stories of farmers and Indigenous Peoples who are practicing agroecological and regenerative farming practices on-the-ground each and every day to feed their communities.

Stories featured included; Zaza Ivanidze from Georgia, photographed by Antoine Bruy, the San Isidro community in Mexico, photographed by Graciela Iturbide and the Cecaq-11 Cooperative on São Tomé, photographed by David Chancellor. Read their stories by clicking here.

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