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Oxfam to host two-week online global farm policy discussion

Oxfam, the international charity, will conduct a online global agricultural policy discussion from December 10 to 21.

Participants will range from United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva to Cargill executive Harold Poelma to activists in Africa.

Two essays will be posted daily on a blog site and participants will have an opportunity to respond. The essays will answer four questions:
  • What if farmer’s knowledge were the driver of innovations and investments?
  • What if women owned the land they till and the food they produce?
  • What if all food were produced without fossil fuels?
  • What if all farmers could rely on effective systems to manage risk?

Leaders of the discussion


  • John Ambler, vice president of strategy, Oxfam America
  • Julio Berdegue, principal researcher, Latin American Center for Rural Development (RIMISP)
  • Prem Bindraban, director of ISRIC (World Soil Information)
  • Nicko Debenham, director, Development and Sustainability Armajaro Trading Limited
  • Shenggen Fan, director general, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Susan Godwin, Nigerian farmer
  • José Graziano da Silva, director-general, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Rokeya Kabir, founder, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, a Bangladeshi women’s organization
  • Anna Lappé, founding principal, Small Planet Institute
  • Pat Mooney, co-founder and executive director, ETC Group
  • Sophia Murphy, senior adviser, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Bill McKibben, founder, 350.org
  • Madiodio Niasse, secretariat director, International Land Coalition (ILC)
  • Kanayo F. Nwanze, president, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Michael O’Gorman, founder, Farmer-Veteran Coalition
  • Harold Poelma, managing director, Cargill Refined Oils Europe
  • Kavita Prakash-Mani, head of food security agenda, Syngenta International
  • Sarojeni Rengam, executive director, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific
  • Florence Wambugu, CEO and founder, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International