Mumbai, November 5: Food strengthens our relationships with one another says environmental activist Vandana Shiva in Malta speaking about food rights at a conference organised by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.
The Third National Wellbeing Conference, which was opened by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at Verdala Palace– World Food Day – was titled ‘Food Rights, Privilege and Security: Perception vs Reality’.
Dr Shiva, an Indian scientist and green activist, is renowned for her campaign against genetically-modified food and seed monopolies.
She has worked to promote biodiversity in agriculture to increase productivity, nutrition, and farmers’ incomes, work which won her the title of Environmental Hero by Time magazine in 2003.
Among the speakers were Matthew Camilleri, who heads the Fishing Operations and Technology Branch, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Re-sources Division, at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Dr Camilleri will be tackling food justice and achieving sustainable fisheries for food security and nutrition.
European Commission deputy director general for mobility and environment Joanna Drake, as well as Agriculture Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri will also deliver talks.
The topics to be raised during the conference include the importance of food security, sustainability and how food strengthens our relationships with one another, in a way that fosters equality and security.