Resources of the UVA Food Collaborative

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy+January 19, 2012
Issues: Agriculture, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalization, Health, Justice, Markets, Rural Development.
Mid Atlantic Student Food Cooperative Convergence Registration+September 21, 2011
Join us for a weekend of business training, good food, and organizing! The Convergence will take place September 30 through October 2 in Philadelphia at the Village of Arts and Humanities. Workshops will benefit new start up projects, existing co-ops, and everything in between. We will be providing a place to stay and all meals as well. We are asking $50 for this Convergence. However, registering does not require immediate payment. We will follow up about payment in the coming weeks.
Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)+June 29, 2011
"In essence, CAADP is about bringing together diverse key players - at the continental, regional and national levels - to improve co-ordination, to share knowledge, successes and failures, to encourage one another, and to promote joint and separate efforts to achieve the CAADP goals.

CAADP's aims
CAADP aims to help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development.

CAADP's vision
Through NEPAD, CAADP addresses policy and capacity issues across the entire agricultural sector and African continent. CAADP is entirely African-led and African-owned and represents African leaders' collective vision for agriculture in Africa. This ambitious and comprehensive vision for agricultural reform in Africa aims for an average annual growth rate of 6 percent in agriculture by 2015."
Planning for Food Systems in Ontario: A Call to Action+June 24, 2011
The growing demand for local food is testament to the desire of many to become more connected to their sources of food. In turn, there is an increasing need for coordinated solutions to food systems issues. Food systems have long been linked to planning and are a key consideration for complete and healthy communities. A greater understanding is emerging on the importance of planners being more involved in planning for food systems and that this can result in healthier outcomes for Ontarians.

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) has prepared this Call to Action to raise awareness and to highlight key issues so that Ontario’s planners and communities can address the challenges associated with planning for food systems.

OPPI is the recognized voice of the Province’s planning profession. Our more than 3,000 members work in government, private practice, universities, and non-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural planning and development, urban design, environmental planning, transportation, health and social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development."
AgrAbility: Connecting Farming and Disabled People+May 21, 2011
Fascinating: "The AgrAbility Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. The project links the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university with a private nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living. The AgrAbility Project assists people involved in production agriculture who work both on small and large operations."
Farmer to Farmer Volunteer Program +February 16, 2011
The Partners of the Americas Farmer to Farmer Program provides technical assistance to local agricultural producers, producer organizations, and agribusinesses throughout the region. Through the program, U.S. agricultural volunteers share their knowledge on an individual basis to help increase farm production and farmer incomes while preserving the natural resource base.

The John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). U.S. volunteers participating in Farmer to Farmer spend two to four weeks on assignment working directly with local counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean to address previously identified local needs. Technical assistance is focused on agricultural commodity chains, from field to market, addressing bottlenecks wherever they are identified. The program targets small and medium scale producers, producer organizations and related enterprises, and emphasizes women and minority participation.
National Hunger Free Communities Summit+February 16, 2011
The National Hunger Free Community Summit is a one day event providing current and aspiring Hunger Free Community organizers – nonprofit, religious, private sector and public sector leaders committed to ending hunger in their community – a forum to hear from experts about innovative models for building community coalitions to end hunger; share lessons learned and successful strategies; and learn about best practices to coordinate hunger relief, leverage available resources and implement multi-year plans.

Georgia Organics Conference+January 31, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Vandana Shiva
The VT Catawba Sustainability Center+January 3, 2011
The Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is an experiential showcase on 377 acres in the Catawba Valley. With research plus demonstration projects from multiple Virginia Tech colleges, the center is creating a positive model for a sustainable world.

Sustainable Agriculture Education Center+June 30, 2010



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