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International Development Week


IDW 2017: Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture focuses on Food Choices in an Interconnected World (February 5-11, 2017)

The Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture International Office has collaborated to bring the campus a schedule of activities centred around the idea that we make choices in an interconnected world. Focusing on choices our campus community makes around food--where we buy, how we produce, how we use our food once it's in our homes. The activities designed to offer space for not only learning more about issues in global food security and food waste, but opportunities to discuss the issues, generate solutions, and get involved! 

A week both to celebrate and to educate, IDW highlights how Canadians are involved in international development work around the globe, but also uses the opportunity to raise awareness of development issues and put out a further call to action to Canadians to get involved.

Dalhousie University's Faculty of Agriculture has been involved in international development projects for over 30 years through its International Office.  IDW will offer an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and local community members to learn more about the past, current and future involvement of the campus in international development. Especially, how they can get involved!

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, February 7
Ruminate: "When it Stops Being Food" (Facilitated Discussion)
9:00am, CA Douglas Room
Hosted by: Ruminate & Dal-AC International Office

A discussion of the topics raised in the article "When it Stops Being Food", examining "the edibility, ideology, procrastination, objectification and internationalization of household waste."

Tuesday, February 7
'Grab A Coffee, Grab Some Facts' Decorating
1:00-4:00pm, International Office (157 College Road, DeWolfe House)
Drop In

Bring your markers, coloured pencils, and crayons (or just use ours) to learn more about global food waste, including the realities (1/3 of of food produced globally!), but also ways to take action to reduce food waste. We'll be deocrating coffee sleeves with this knowledge to share wider with our campus community.
Can't make it to the decorating? Watch for our coffee sleeves when you get a takeaway coffee from Chartwells.

Thursday, February 9

Food Security in Cuba Since the 2011 National Update: A Report Back from Rural Cienfuegos Province
6:00pm, J. Harris Read Room, Truro Branch, Colchester East-Hants Library
Presenters: Professor Acosta, University of Cienfuegos, (lead); Prof. Cameron, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture
Light refreshments provided

The talk will present the tentative research results on a food security pilot study on the challenges and successes facing co-operatives and family farms in rural Cienfuegos Province since the enactment of the 2011 national economic reforms in Cuba. Prof. Acosta will lead the presentation on the research results from Cuba, Prof. Cameron of the Department of Business & Social Sciences, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture, will situate the Cuban model in the wider context including its policy relevance for rural Canada.

Professor Acosta of University of Cienfuegos is completing a four month period of study in Nova Scotia on an Emerging Leaders of the Americas (ELAP) scholarship, and is hosted in Truro by the Rural Research Centre of the Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, and its International Office.

[UPDATED] Wednesday, February 15th 
WasteFULL Workshop
5:30pm, Haley Institute Kitchen
Facilitators: FOUND NS

An estimated 1/3 of all food produced is wasted, most commonly at the household level. FOUND NS brings their popular WasteFULL Workshop to Dal-AC; an interactive workshop will teach you how to cook with less waste at home so that you can help reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts of food waste. The three-course menu is inspired by uncommon ingredients that commonly just go to waste.
Limited spots available, register to: Kendra.Mellish@dal.ca

Throughout IDW:

"My Internship in 10 Minutes or Less" Speaker Series
February 6-10, 2017
12:00noon
Jenkins Dining Hall

Members of the campus community share their experiences of internships abroad--where they went, what they did, and other highlights...in 10 minutes or less! Information on upcoming internship opportunities for Dalhousie students will also be provided.

Schedule of speakers:
Monday--Kendra Mellish "My internship in GHANA...in 10 minutes or less!"
Tuesday--Hannah Pugh "Upcoming internships for Dalhousie students in ETHIOPIA...in 10 minutes or less!"
[Rescheduled]Wednesday--Amy Harrington "My internship in ST. KITTS & NEVIS...in 10 minutes or less!"
Thursday: TBA
Friday: Hannah Jamieson "My internship in DOMINICA...in 10 minutes or less!" & Amy Harrington "My internship in ST. KITTS & NEVIS...in 10 minutes or less!"


Display of Book Collection and Reading List in MacRae Library
Pick up your copy of the "Taste the Waste" recipe pamphlet prepared by International Food Business students from Aeres University of Applied Sciences.

Download a copy of Taste the Waste Recipe Pamphlet [pdf]