Food for Thought/Lon Intinne, Friday May 17 2019

Irish language version

You can now sign up for our Food for Thought Collaborative event which will take place on Friday May 17th in the GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. It’s organised in partnership with Afri, Teacht Anair, Food Sovereignty Ireland and the IEN-organised National Biodiversity Week. The event comes the day before Afri’s Annual Famine Walk in Louisburg.

Food for Thought offers a reflective learning space which this year focuses on transformational change. There will be two guest speakers – Hanny van Geel from La Via Campesina and Michael McGaughan, author of Coming Home. While a central theme will be on food sovereignty, the reflection will address the wider question of transformation.

Participants will work in small groups to consider their personal experiences of transformational change, how this might manifest itself in terms of community resilience and food security, and what strategies might be adopted to achieve it.

There will be music, food sharing and open time during the day. The event will begin at 11 and conclude at 5, and will be free of charge. Outdoor space will be used during the day.

Here’s the link for signing up:

Hope you can make it!

Draft programme for the day:

10.30-11 Registration and coffee – we’d appreciate if you could aim to arrive in time for registering before 11 am
11.00 Welcome from Anne B. Ryan (Feasta)
11.05 Music by John Hoban and Emer Mayock
11.15 Hanny Van Geel, Food Sovereignty and Resilience, introduced by Joe Murray of Afri
11.35 Group response
12.00 Plenary: What is Transformational Change? (Joss and Boru Douthwaite)
Group Work: What is TC for you? – your experiences

1.30 Break for food – Music accompaniment

2.30 Intro to afternoon – Anne B. Ryan; overview of morning
2.40 Michael McCaughan – Food, Language and Resilience
3.00 Group response
3.15 Bringing it all together: Implications and Outcomes (Joss and Boru Douthwaite)
4.15 Final plenary: Feedback from rapporteurs and next steps
4.30 Music by John Hoban and Emer Mayock
5pm Close

Getting there:

GMIT is an easy walk from the train and bus stations in Castlebar. The site is a good way to find a specific public transport route. If you’re driving, please bear in mind that it’s on the Westport side of Castlebar.


There is plenty of free parking on the campus; the parking areas near the entrance are pay and display but further in you should be able to find free spaces.

Nourishment for the day:

As food is one of our central topics we would like to “bring the theme to the table”! We’ll provide a small amount of food, mainly consisting of lots of good bread and cheeses from a local business. We’d appreciate if participants could bring along:

(a) some nice food to share – ideally home-made, and preferably something that doesn’t require cutlery

(b) a cup

(c) any other utensils that you think you might need for yourself.

Tea and coffee will be laid on when you arrive. If you’d like to have more later, it will be available for sale at the canteen.

We’ll be eating ‘picnic’ style – and in the outdoor classroom if the weather is decent.

Note: Feasta is a forum for exchanging ideas. By posting on its site Feasta agrees that the ideas expressed by authors are worthy of consideration. However, there is no one ‘Feasta line’. The views of the article do not necessarily represent the views of all Feasta members. 

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