Thursday, 19 February 2015

URGENCI Teikei 43

Urgenci will have the 6th symposium November 19th to the 21st in China's Sichuan, Anhui, and Zhejiang provinces. Dr. Shi Yan, initiator of CSAs in China and Vice-President of URGENCI, is organizing this event in conjunction with both Tsinghua and Renmin universities, under the guidance and support of the municipal government of Shunyi District and the URGENCI network.

This will be an important event for farmers movements and for more cooperation between small scale farmers, activists, governments, and researchers. -;  Twitter : @urgenci1 


Download Teikei, the CSA Movement's newsletter, as a pdf document, and print it at home! Just follow the link given on the right hand side.
The issue number 43 is also available as a pdf.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Kitchen God Day (or) Why Vietnamese food is so good

Today, 23rd day of the 12th month of Lunar Year of the Horse, is the Vietnamese 'Kitchen God Day' Ngày Ông Công Ông Táo. Ông Công Ông Táo represents an important remnant of the once strongly animist culture of Vietnam.

The Kitchen God is the most important of the many domestic Gods that protect the health of the family. On this day, just before the Lunar New Year, he returns to Heaven with his chariot of golden carps, to report the culinary activities of every household over the past year to the 'Jade Emperor' Ngọc Hoàng. The Jade Emperor either rewards or punishes the family based on this yearly report.

On this day each family worships Ông Công Ông Táo and holds a special ceremony to see him off to Heaven. For most Vietnamese, both at home and abroad, the watchful eye of Ông Công Ông Táo is part of what helps to maintain the delicious traditional diet.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

How to facilitate a vision workshop

I found this in a document about food sovereignty called 'How to facilitate a vision workshop'. It is from a piece by Trevor Hancock in the Healthcare Forum Journal, 1993.

We tried it in two villages in Uganda and it was genius. Take 7 people from the large group and bring them to the center and give them all paper and markers and ask them to take the journey described below and then draw (don't write words but draw) their vision.

Next time you have a 15-minute break, try this exercise:

Find a quiet place, take a moment to relax, close your eyes, and take a journey into the future:
It is the year 2024 and you are hovering in a balloon above your own community. During the past 20 years, it has transformed itself into an ideally healthy community. Imagine yourself floating down to the center of this place, where you climb out of the balloon and move around the community.

Take your time as you go into and out of stores ... workplaces ... streets ... parks … .neighborhoods ... houses ... healthcare and educational settings. In what way are the places you visit and the people you see healthy? What makes them healthy? Notice the colors and shapes and textures around you.

What sounds do you hear? What smells do you notice? Pay attention to how people move from place to place. Observe the settings where ill people receive care and the places where people learn. Take the time to experience this community at different times of day and night. At different seasons.

Try to imagine yourself as an elderly person living in this environment ... as a child ... as a woman ... as a man ... as a disabled person. Now spend a few minutes revisiting places you have seen that struck you most forcibly or that you liked the best, then re-enter the balloon, ascend back into the sky, and return to the present.