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Book Launch: Knowledge Sovereignty Among African Cattle Herders

AlisonFox28 February 2019

UCL Press, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and The Bartlett Development Planning Unit are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion to celebrate the publication of Knowledge Sovereignty Among African Cattle Herders (UCL Press).

Date: 18 March 2019

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: IAS Common Ground, Ground floor, South Wing, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT

Confirmed panellists include:

  • Dr Zeremariam Fre, Senior Teaching Fellow, Bartlett Development Planning Unit; Founder and Former Director Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (www.penhanetwork.org PENHA)
  • Dr Matthew Davies, Associate Professor, Institute for Global Prosperity
  • Dr Lulsegged Abebe, PENHA Board chair and former Senior Adviser, International Alert;
  • Dr Keren Weitzberg, Teaching Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies

Written by 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award winner Dr Zeremariam Fre, the first to study Beni-Amer practices, Zeremariam Fre argues for the importance of their knowledge, challenging the preconceptions that regard it as untrustworthy when compared to scientific knowledge from more developed regions. Empirical evidence suggests that there is much one could learn from the other, since elements of pastoralist technology, such as those related to animal production and husbandry, make a direct contribution to our knowledge of livestock production. It is this potential for hybridisation, as well as the resilience of the herders, at the core of the indigenous knowledge system.

Fre also argues that indigenous knowledge can be viewed as a stand-alone science, and that a community’s rights over ownership should be defended by government officials, development planners and policy makers, making the case for a celebration of the knowledge sovereignty of pastoralist communities.

Book launch: Integrating Food into Urban Planning

AlisonFox25 February 2019

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit and UCL Press are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion to celebrate the publication of Integrating Food into Urban Planning (UCL Press/FAO).

Date: 5 March 2019

Time: 5:45pm – 7:30pm

Location: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street London WC1N 1DP

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Confirmed panellists include:

  • Yves Cabannes, Emeritus Professor of Development Planning, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL
  • Cecilia Marrochino, urban planner, Food and Agriculture Organisation [FAO], Rome
  • Imogen Bellwood, researcher, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Cecilia Delgado, researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Alice Covatta, postdoctoral fellow in architecture and urban design at Keio University, Japan
  • John Taylor, urban planner and activist, founder of the local Indonesian NGO Yayasan Kota Kita.Discussants:
  • Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, University of London
  • Dr. Colin Marx, Director of Doctoral Study, UCL / DPU

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The integration of food into urban planning is a crucial and emerging topic. Urban planners, alongside the local and regional authorities that have traditionally been less engaged in food-related issues, are now asked to take a central and active part in understanding the way food is produced, processed, packaged, transported, marketed, consumed, disposed of and recycled in our cities.

Despite a growing body of literature on food and cities, the issue of planning cities in such a way they will increase food security and nutrition, not only for the affluent segments of society but primarily for the poor, is much less discussed, and much less informed by practices. This volume intends to fill this gap by putting more than 20 city-based experiences in perspective: Toronto, New York City, Providence and Portland in North America; Cape Town and Ghana in Africa; Milan in Europe; Lima and Belo Horizonte in South America; and, in Asia, Bangkok, Solo and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, and Tokyo.

By drawing on cities of different sizes, from regions across the global north and south, in both developed and developing areas, the contributors collectively attest to the importance of global knowledge rooted in local food planning practices, programmes and policies.

Integrating Food into Urban Planning is available in a variety of formats, including as a free Open Access PDF, and in print.

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