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Gaia Education: - Registration for the transformative Gaia Education Design for Sustainability 2014/2015 on-line is now open!

The programme draws on the experience and expertise developed in a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and community projects across the Earth.

Students of all ages learn the appropriate skills and analytic abilities to design a society which uses energy and materials with great efficiency, distributes wealth fairly within and between generations and eliminates the concept of waste.

A Voice from Kenya - Join the Real Food Revolution!

Come together locally,
cultivate abundance,
grow your own food without chemicals,
share and exchange with your neighbors,
generate income with the surplus,
save the seeds,
recycle your waste and make compost,
learn to treat water as a living being,
cook with solar energy (or biogas),
plant trees,
build sustainable models,
and join the global food revolution.

Philip Munyasia – Kitale, Kenya
www.otepic.org

USA: Radical Governance Changes - in Two North American Ecovillages

Two North American ecovillages — Earthaven in North Carolina and Dancing Rabbit in Missouri — have recently implemented new governance and decision-making methods. "As an admitted community governance nerd“, Diana Leafe Christian says, “I am fascinated by how communities govern themselves and make decisions, and how they innovate new methods when things don’t seem to be working right.

Why Dancing Rabbit Changed its Gover - (Part two of Ecovillage changing Governance)

In the summer of 2013 Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri made their own dramatic change in governance — shifting from whole-community business meetings to a representational system with seven elected members.

Colombia: The victory - of a Afro Colombian community in the fight for their territory

On May 8th, something historic happened. The government of Colombia finally acknowledged that a black community owns the Caribbean islands it inhabits. After waiting for eight years, the community of Isla Grande and Isleta, in the Rosario Islands, managed to obtain a title that gives them Collective Land Tenure. They never thought they would have to go to the high courts, or that would become an example of the demands of basic rights of ethnic groups, but they did! By Paula Rangel Garzón1, Margarita O. Zethelius, and Carlos Duran.

Results of the Survey - on Ecovillages and Food Sovereignty

17 projects took the time to answer the questions on food sovereignty. The answers came from the USA, from Africa, from Asia and Europe. Thank you all very much. Of course this survey can never be representative in a scientific way, but it helps us to have an overview on the state and intention of the ecovillages on growing their own food.

GEN International Newsletter June 20 - Editorial: Ecovillages and Food Sovereignty

Welcome to the GEN Newsletter on Food Sovereignty!

The agro-industry, coupled with rising food prices and food speculation, directly contributes to the current global ecological and economical crises. Currently, 800 million people in our world do not have enough to eat, and 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry. (http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats)

EL Peregrino, Argentina: - Food Sovereignty at a Family and Regional Scale

The Agro-ecological farm, El Peregrino (The Pilgrim), is a project whose economic base is food production for residents consumption as well as for sale to the public.The farm was founded 18 years ago in Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina, by Ignacio Pereyra and Ana Pérez. With their children, María Jesús, Rodrigo, and Azucena, the family began to unlearn the forms and structures that degenerate life, so as to be able to learn from nature and the life rhythms that foster well being in the World.

Food Sovereignty in Germany: - Ecological Gardening in ZEGG

The German community ZEGG wants to establish a circular economy, which they consider to be a sustainable model for the future. In this regard, they use renewable resources, turn waste into usable materials, and encourage decentralised cooperation for food production. Cordula Andrä reports.

Abundance in Namibia: - Permaculture is Our Culture

Northern Namibia produces food abundantly for their families, communities close by, and also the Namibian community at large; their food can be found in the local markets of most major towns, as well as the capital city. On a trip to her homestead, Clio Pauly found, tasted and enjoyed a traditional Permaculture and Gift Economy society.

The Gambia: Sustainable Kartong - Ecovillage Development and Responsible Tourism

Kartong in The Gambia is a special place, with a wealth of, hitherto, unrecognised assets including unspoilt, deserted beaches, and great tourism potential. From 21st Feburary to 20th March 2014, a very special Ecovillage Design Education - EDE - took place here. It was the culmination of a long held dream that originated in 2007, when the Secretary General of the Village Development Committee of Kartong attended an EDE in Findhorn Ecovillage. Vicky Stallwood reports.

Hot Oil in Italy: - Food Sovereignty in Damanhur

Only 20 months have passed since the "Federation of Damanhur" in Northern Italy started the latest pioneering self-sufficiency project of its community. They have called it “olio caldo 4“ (Hot Oil), and aim to achieve food sovereignty for the community within one year. Within the community of Damanhur, with its 600 members and 25 ‘nucleo’ families, the project was entrusted to the nucleo Prima Stalla. Capra Carruba reports.

São Paulo, Brazil: - Community Gardens in the Largest Metropolis of the Southern Hemisphere

Public parks, abandoned lots, pavements and even churches: in São Paulo every piece of land has the potential of turning into a community garden. After all, where food is planted citizenship grows! Henny Freitas reports.

Ecovillage in the Philippines: - Fasting for the Climate

One of the biggest contributors to the global use of fossil fuels is food production. Each calorie of processed food requires an average of 10 calories of fossil fuels to produce, process, package, and transport goods from the farms and factories, all the way to the shops and dining tables of the world. Bahay Kalipay and Maia Earth Village in Palawan, Philippines invite intentional communities and ecovillages, to join the Global 'FastfortheClimate' movement. Sarah Queblatin and Pi Villaraza write about the background.

Kenya: Food Sovereignty - A Way to Achieve Food Security

Food sovereignty is a critical alternative to food security that asserts that not all ways of realizing food security are equal, says Victor Odula – GEN Ambassador from Kenya. He reports about the Rodi Ecovillage´s initiative to improve nutrition on the shores of the Lake Victoria.

'Land Awakening' - Exploring Our Relationship with the Land.

“LAND AWAKENING” (http://widgets.distrify.com/widget.html#3457) is an independent feature documentary film about our connection with food and land. While volunteering at organic farms in the Mediterranean, Mexican-Canadian filmmaker and director, Raúl Álvarez, embarked on a personal journey to learn about organic agriculture, and other technologies, to grow and gather food, creating an inspiring film about the goodness and generosity of the Land, but also about his own life transformation.

The Solar Mama Project - In the Democratic Republic of Congo

Solar Mama Astride Kapinga, and the women of her rural community, explain how they feel about the Solar Mama Project, stressing their struggle and suffering without electricity. Astride explains how this energy project - thanks to Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College - will help change and improve her, and other peoples, lives in the village of Mbulungu, in the Kasai province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Watch the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEEMyDnZIsI

Solar Dryers in Palestine - Decentralized and Organic Food Technology in the Westbank

To have peace in Israel-Palestine, the mentality of scarcity needs to be replaced with an awareness of abundance, because the conflict is based on the fear that there is not enough for everyone: not enough land, not enough water, not enough energy. In the frame of the Global Campus, in the process of founding GEN Palestine, Aida Shibli made another step in food sovereignty in organising seminars to create abundance on a farm of the Westbank. Frederick Weihe reports.

Food Sovereignty of Konohana Family - Japan: “Before cultivating a field, cultivate your spirit”

Japanese people believe that the land is a gift from the Ancestors. This is why they do not want to sell it. Therefore, local elders often ask the Konohana Family to manage their land. As a result, more than 95% of the land that Konohana Family uses is free, and sometimes the ecovillage gets paid to cultivate the land because the government will charge owners a higher tax if it is not used for cultivation. "The financial crisis happened, but it did not affect us at all since we produce most of our food by ourselves", reports Michiyo Furuhashi.

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