ACWW in Partnership with FAO’s Save Food initiative
ACWW is now a partner of the ‘Save Food – Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction’ of the Food and Agriculture Organization. Save Food involves awareness raising, collaboration, policy making and investment to reduce food waste. This is hugely important considering that 30-40% of all food produced is wasted, either because it never reaches consumers (due to transport, storage and other difficulties) or because it gets discarded before consumption. This has negative effects on food availability, the environment and farmer income.
As Save Food is relevant to the Agriculture Committee’s interest in food security, the committee will be sharing information about the initiative as well as food waste and ways to reduce it. For more information, visit the Save Food website at http://www.fao.org/save-food/en/. Also, look out for a related article by the Agriculture Committee Chair in the July-September issue of The Countrywoman.
Transforming lives through improved access to agricultural education in Africa
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development is a UK cross-party group that explores agriculture, nutrition and food security in developing countries. On 19th March 2013 it held a seminar titled ‘Transforming lives through improved access to agricultural education in Africa’.
Under discussion were the benefits to African farmers of open educational resources (OERs), which are teaching and learning documents that are freely available for everyone to use.
The view from CSW 2013
Sharon Hatten, ACWW UN Committee Chair; Anushka Wirasinha, ACWW UN representative; Valerie Stevens, member of ACWW UN Committee.
For me, the joy of attending the NGO CSW Forum in New York is in the stories I hear and the people who tell them: From the young US Marine Cadet on duty as usher on the Opening Consultation Day, to the young student from Kazakhstan, Olga Mun, a UN youth representative at the reception at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN:
From the Pulmonary Consultant at a hospital just north of Anchorage in Alaska, working with those with lung damage caused by excessive smoking and poor diet, many of them First Nations People, to the Ukrainian-born member of the New York NGO CSW Executive Committee who had been presented to the Queen Mother at Kensington Palace and still treasures the hand-shake;
From the Ethiopian-born inspirational activist who has earned international respect
But above all, from the people I sit next to – we share the same values and seek the same outcomes, no matter our nationalities, ages, beliefs, economic or social backgrounds. I have been humbled and admiring, conscious that I am only an observer while they participate on the world stage.
|Valerie Stevens, ACWW UN Committee member|
ACWW Supporter Nominated for National Award in the UK
Hazel Armstrong third from the left
The annual UK Charity Staff Foundation Awards took place on 7th March 2013 in Central Hall Westminster. The awards celebrated outstanding dedication and achievements made by charity staff and volunteers across the UK. ACWW are delighted to announce that Hazel Armstrong, ACWW Representative and Projects Resource Person, was shortlisted for the ‘International Aid Courage Award’.
South Pacific prepares for Women Walk the World 2013
Women Walk the World is happening again on or around 29th April. As the South Pacific Walk was so successful in 2012, raising approx. $35,000, half of the amount that was raised across the world, maybe we can double that amount this year.
As you can see, with a little thought there are many options to take part so I hope many more branches etc take part this year.
For Australian societies, it is much easier to manage the funds going to London if they are all sent to me and then there is only one transfer fee.
Remember, many people across the world only have walking as a form of transport. By taking part in this event we can continue to carry out the invaluable work we do as an organisation.
I would love to hear of all your events so please either email or post your stories and pictures to Central Office, so it may be included in the July-September 2013 issue of The Countrywoman.
Ruth Shanks,AM South Pacific Area President
A Rewarding Invitation to Speak in Weymouth
Being invited to speak about ACWW to a new WI, which meets in a pub and where there's no tea to be made or washing up to be done, was an invitation not to be missed.
Over 200 Women attend ACWW's South East and Far East Asia Area Conference
From the 14th January 2013, over 200 women including delegates have been attending ACWW's South East and Far East Asia Area Conference, which is being held in Miri a city in northern Sarawak, Malaysia.
Some of the delegates in attendance represent the nine areas of ACWW – namely Canada, USA, Europe, East, West and Central Africa, Southern Africa, Central and South Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, South East and Far East Asia, as well as the South Pacific.
Among those present is ACWW World President, May Kidd. In her speech May called for a joint effort from everyone and every country, to help ease suffering of those less fortunate in the world and to make the world a better place for everyone.
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