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The Power of Farmers Fighting Global Hunger

October 20, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Global Dialogue Forum 

Through their contributions to a sustainable global food system despite often living in poverty, smallholder farmers are key to global development. These farmers are receiving growing attention from policymakers around the world because a small investment in smallholder farmers can transform an entire community. In the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the  influential work of smallholder farmers will be showcased as a critical part of cracking hunger worldwide. As well, the plight of these farmers are central to bipartisan legislation currently before Congress, the 2015 World Food Prize forum, October’s World Food Day, and the upcoming Paris climate change negotiations. Doris Ikpeze, Economic Justice and Gender Officer for Oxfam Nigeria, and Gawain Kripke, Director of Policy and Research at Oxfam America, will discuss this key link to building a sustainable food supply.

Doris Ikpeze is the Economic Justice and Gender Officer for Oxfam Nigeria. In this role, she coordinates the GROW Campaign for food justice and the Female Food Hero project in Nigeria. The Female Food Hero project is a national competition among leading smallholder farmers, designed to highlight how these extraordinary women are supporting entire communities through farming, teaching, and advocacy.

Gawain Kripke is the director of policy and research at Oxfam America and has more than 20 years of experience working on public policy and advocacy issues. His department conducts research and policy advocacy focusing on the effectiveness of foreign aid and development, climate change, trade and agriculture, humanitarian issues, and extractive industries. Mr. Kripke will place Ms. Ikpeze’s inspiring account in the context of current national and international food security policy developments.

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5:30 PM Reception with cash bar
6:00 PM Program begins
6:45 PM Q&A
7:15 PM Program concludes

Admission:  $25; Members $15; Full-time students $5

Location: The Breen Center for Performing Arts

This event is presented with our event partner Oxfam America.



This event is a part of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Global Dialogue Forum. Going beyond traditional world affairs topics, the Global Dialogue Forum will delve into the most pressing social and humanitarian issues facing our globalized society, including refugee assistance, education, and global food security.


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October 20, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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