Date(s) - Wed 12 October
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This October, seed and pesticide corporation Monsanto is facing an international court in The Hague. While this is just a symbolic people’s court, the witnesses are real. They have been called because they have suffered human rights abuses, threats to their communities and destruction of their environment. Come and hear from one of these witnesses, Farida Akhter, who is touring around the UK before travelling to the Hague for the tribunal.
Farida is a Bangladeshi seed sovereignty campaigner and founder of biggest collection of community seed banks in the world.
Global Justice Now has commissioned photo journalist Jordi Cirera to visit some of these witnesses in India and Bangladesh. His photos tell the stories of farmers who are fighting Monsanto to work out an alternative model of farming. In India, Monsanto has been presiding over a monopoly of GM cotton seeds for over 10 years. This commercialisation of farmer seed networks has been a disaster for farmers (increased pesticide use, increased farmer debts, and hundreds of thousands of farmer suicides). And in Bangladesh, global seed corporations are threatening the country’s seed sovereignty but farmers are fighting back by organising grassroots seed banks.
Q+A, discussion and refreshments.