[act-ma] 7/30/16 - 4PM The People’s Resistance to the Venezuelan Food Crisis
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The People’s Resistance to the Venezuelan Food Crisis
*Report back and report from the trenches*
At Encuentro 5 – 9A Hamilton Place, Boston, MA (Park Street T station)
Saturday, July 30, 2016 – 4PM – 6PM
*Maria Sanchez*, report back by a Maine resident who visited Venezuela
recently to witness the efforts being made in alternative agriculture.
She experienced the “Back to the Conuco” movement, Venezuela’s traditional
version of permaculture (ecosystems intended to be sustainable and
self-sufficient) and their seed saver collectives. These farming efforts
are organized in cooperatives to process and distribute food equitably.
Maria also witnessed the work of the new Urban Agriculture Ministry created
by President Maduro (1/6/16) and led by a young woman urban gardener,
Lorena Freitez. They are working on creative ways to empower the people, in
particular youth, to do urban gardening. She also met with agricultural
professionals from CIARA (“Training and Innovation in Support of the Agro
Revolution Foundation”) and saw initiatives of urban gardening in Caracas.
*Live video conference with a member of the CLAP*, Local Committee for Food
Distribution and Production. CLAP committees were created to bypass
commercial stores that are hoarding food to increase scarcity and topple
the government of President Maduro.
*Belkis Romero*, CLAP of Ecoaldea Lomas del Norte (EcoVillage North Hills),
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