Launching at the Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank on 11 October, We Feed the World is a global photography initiative capturing the triumphs and tribulations of the smallholder farmers who produce 70% of the world’s food.
Over the last three years, award winning photographers from around the world including Rankin, Martin Parr and Graciela Iturbide have given their time to document the lives of nearly 50 farming communities across six continents. A selection of the 400+ images, together with their inspirational stories, will be shown in London and across all of the participating farming communities, breaking the Guinness World Record for the number of simultaneous photographic exhibitions held at any one time.
The exhibit aims to challenge the myth that we need industrial agriculture and quick-fix technologies to feed an ever-increasing population. These world-renowned photographers capture agroecology in action, revealing that smallholder farming holds the answers to many of the world’s problems – from climate change and fertile soils, to public health & wellbeing.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a ten-day programme of talks, films and workshops by international activists in the food and farming movement, artists and leading campaign groups.
The CSA Network UK are holding their AGM as part of a joint event with the Landworkers Alliance and the Seed Sovereignty Project – you can book your place here
A Good Food March from Parliament Square to the Bargehouse Gallery will call for changes to UK agricultural policy ahead of World Food Day on 16 October. Speeches at the Bargehouse Gallery will be delivered by food activists, Anna Lappe, Jyoti Fernandez and actor, Jeremy Irons.
Jyoti Fernandes, Chair of the Landworkers Alliance said: “As we leave the European Common Agricultural Policy, the UK agriculture bill will determine the future of our food system for the next 50 years or more. We want a food systems that support farmers to produce healthy, affordable food for everyone, using methods that are kind to animals, the earth and support independent farmers. This is a critical time for the public to come together and make their support for good food and good farming clear to those negotiating our future”.
The Gaia Foundation is leading the project and campaign, alongside other farming groups, NGOs and ethical businesses, such as the Landworkers’ Alliance, La Via Campesina and Sustain.