Strengthening Indonesia’s Food Sovereignty is a non-profit collaborative activity, initiated by Mantasa, with the support & involvement of many local organizations and individuals who have contributed and shared resources to make this event happen. The local Event Organizers in Bali include Slow Food Bali and IDEP Foundation.
This project involves and is inspired by Dr Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned activist, philosopher, author, eco-feminist and scientist, who has obtained numerous awards for her work including the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize), Time Magazine’s Environmental Hero and the Sydney Peace Prize.
“Seed freedom” has been Dr Vandana Shiva’s international campaign in recent years to counter the increasing monopolization of our food system by a small group of large corporations. The simple “seed” has been chosen by Vandana Shiva as the symbol of resistance to the accelerating momentum of the large corporate monopolies. She vigorously exclaims, “if they control seed, they control our food. They know it, and it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs, it’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world.”
The Keynote Presentation (at the Celebration Dinner) of Dr Vandana Shiva will build awareness about the threats to our local (and world) food systems if large corporations continue to gain further monopoly control over seeds. The impact of the expanding “seed monopoly” will be felt not only by farmers around the world, but pervasively through out all aspects of society, including creating limitations to access to “good & clean” food, along with exacerbation of the challenges of climate change, loss in biodiversity, accompanying increase in world hunger, and related social and environmental problems.
OUR SEEDS, OUR FUTURE seeks to embrace the involvement of a diverse range of society, starting with the support of farmers, women’s groups, fishermen, indigenous people, local food producers, along with the informed general public who are concerned about the future of food in Indonesia and who want to strengthen and preserve food sovereignty and security in Indonesia.
The OUR SEEDS, OUR FUTURE program will be developed in various platforms in Jakarta (August 17 – 19), Kediri (Java, August 20)), and Bali (August 21 – 22).
An outcome of the upcoming OUR SEEDS, OUR FUTURE program in Bali will be a local seed initiative, entitled BENIH BALI which will encompass a public awareness and education program about the importance of local seed production, with responsible supporting programs in Bali for improved seed conservation, adaptation & innovation programs, including an island-wide seed network, seed library, and seed bank. BENIH BALI will represent a “next step” in developing more programs initiated by and ongoing by IDEP, with collaborative support from numerous other organizations.
Celebrating the upcoming visit of Dr. Vandana Shiva to Bali, OUR SEEDS, OUR FUTURE is a collaborative program to counter the increasing monopolization of our food system by a small group of large corporations.
There are two opportunities to meet and be inspired by Dr Vandana Shiva during her visit to Bali:
* “OUR SEEDS” Celebration Dinner
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Vandana Shiva
Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 18:00 – 22:00
at INDUS Restaurant, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Registration Donation: Rp 500,000.
(Includes a Welcome Drink, and an exquisite multi-course Vegetarian Menu
featuring iconic recipes from the fabled Spice Islands, including traditional Nasi Tumpeng)
Pre-registration required. Limited seating, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Funds raised will support BENIH BALI, a Local Seed Initiative Project
* Half Day Seminar
Keynote Presentation by Dr. Vandana Shiva
with Indonesian presenters:
Dr. Ir. Ni Luh Kartini, MP, BOA and
Prof Dr Ir Wayan Windia, MS (Guru besar UNUD, Dosen khusus Subak) and
Sayu Komang, Program Coordinator, IDEP Foundation
Friday, August 22, 2014, from 08:00 – 13:00
at Museum Neka, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Registration Donation: Rp 100,000. (Pre-registration required)
The Seminar will also include a Farmers’ Mart (for local seeds and related food production & agricultural products),
How to Register:
To REGISTER,email to:
• Your response should include: YES to SEED DINNER and / or YES to SEED SEMINAR. Please include your name, mobile number, and the names of any persons attending, and whether they are Slow Food members).
• You will receive an email back shortly from the OUR SEEDS, OUR FUTURE committee confirming your place.
• Your Registration Donation for the Dinner must be pre-paid by August 17, 2014. Payment instruction will be included in the email confirmation we will send you.
• Registration is limited to a first come, first served basis.