Britain-Zimbabwe Society Dayschool
legacyofcolonialism at tlio.demon.co.uk
Mon Aug 21 16:14:03 BST 2000
On Saturday 30th September, the BZS and BaZiSAN (Bristol - Zimbabwe Sustainable Agriculture Network) will be holding a dayschool event, for producers, activists and reserachers at Easton Community Centre, Bristol. Please refer to a copy of the official flyer for this event on the attached document.
BZS (the Britain-Zimbabwe Society) are an umbrella organisation that bring together people with grassroots expertise in Zimbabwe, including town-twinning groups, Church groups and land-rights experts. BZS was originally founded by people who supported the land liberation struggle. Once a year, they organise a dayschool.
This year's dayschool has been in the planning stage for 2 years. Earlier this year, a mini-dayschool was held on the subject of "permaculture in Zimbabwe". BaZiSAN was formed out of this day, with the September event in mind.
The dayschool will encompass 2 different strands. The first will be focussing on Global Lobbying. Attendees will split up into groups and discuss questions such as "who are the big global players in the world economy that require lobbying?" - (i.e. the WTO, Chemical Industry), and "how do you make sure that international lobbying within 1 nation does not destroy other countries' interests?".
The second main strand within the dayschool will concentrate on sustainable land use projects, and whether there is more potential for international networking of locally based sustainable initiatives, bearing in mind that even organic production for export should be considered unsustainable bearing in mind food mileage.
Guest speakers/contributers to the day include John Wilson, a permaculure consultant from Zimbabwe (involved with Pelum), Simon Fairlie from Chapter 7 - the planning arm of The Land Is Ours who wrote the paper 'Defining Rural Sustainability' (15 criteria for sustainable land-use) and also George Monbiot who will be speaking on Global Trade vs local agriculture.
You should note that BZS were unsuccessful in their funding application to bring 3 small farmers from Zimbabwe for this dayschool. However, permaculture experts (including J.Wilson) with experience of working in Zimbabwe are confirmed to attend.
If you require more information, then you can contact the event organiser - Diana Jeeter, BZS/BAZiSAN, Poole Cottage, 96 High St, Wick, S Glocs, BS30 5QH. diana at poolecottage.freeserve.co.uk
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