Women’s Leadership in Food Systems Change

Around the world—from Vermont to Mali—women are leading efforts to find and implement positive solutions to complex challenges related to food security and agriculture.

WAgN is partnering with Oxfam America to raise awareness about these issues and to celebrate the courageous role of women in making food system change. These solutions include support for sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment, and social and economic justice.

To raise awareness about these efforts, Oxfam America is hosting a Hunger Banquet® in Burlington on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Main Street Landing in Burlington.  The event is free and open to the public.

strawberry flowers and new fruitThe Host Committee includes:  The Honorable Madeleine Kunin, Former Governor of Vermont, Former US Ambassador to Switzerland, James Marsh Professor at-Large at the University of Vermont; and The Honorable Kesha Ram, Vermont House of Representatives.

Speakers are Lindsey Bolger, director of Coffee Sourcing & Relationships at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Yvette Cisse, an Oxfam America partner, shea butter farmer and member of the MOBIUM farming cooperative in Mali.

Learn more at the event’s Facebook Page

Burlington Food Council, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Hunger Free Vermont, The Intervale Center, The League of Women Voters of Vermont, The Peace and Justice Center, Sudan Development Foundation, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light, The Women’s Agricultural Network, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom and YWCA Vermont.

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