We are pleased to announce that the Swiss National Research Council and the Presiding Board have allocated funding for the Demeter project for the next three years (2018-2020). Hereafter we give you an up-date on our research findings and an insight in how we will go along. From phase one to phase two: Research findings…Details
Conference: Demeter presents research on violence against women at the 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (FNASIC)
The 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference (26-28 June 2017) was organized by the French Network for Asian Studies – FNAS (or GIS Asie in French) – together with Sciences Po, Paris. Fenneke Reysoo, Siny Seng and Joanna Bourke-Martignoni presented their research in a panel entitled “Violence against women in Asia. Analyzing intersected…Details
Convening in Bern, Switzerland, 5–8 September 2017, the 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) gathered researchers, policymakers, and societal partners in order to discuss ways to support transformations towards sustainable development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Demeter team was particularly invested in this event organizing one Panel session and participating in…Details
Research notes: The Cassava production craze in Ghana.The story of commercialization and the exclusion of women
By Gertrude Dzifa Torvikey. Cassava is one of the commonest food staple crops in Ghana. Its growing importance is seen in the way it is increasingly being used as a substitute for a variety of cooked food meals in Ghana. It is widely observed that in forest zones, cassava has become a key substitute for…Details
By Saba Joshi. During my fieldwork in Cambodia, I took part in a project called Davis Projects for Peace. The Davis Project for Peace is an initiative of the Katherine Davis Foundation, which allows students from the Graduate Institute, Geneva to design and implement a grassroots project anywhere in the world. This year, my project…Details
Christophe Golay will participate to the Expert Seminar dedicated to “The Right to Food Soveignty and Other Collective Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas” on the 6th of October 2017. The Expert Seminar will debate the possible inclusion of right to food sovereignty and other collective rights, such at the right…Details
Expertise: Joanna Bourke-Martignoni participates in a Round table on Localising Human Rights at the University of Antwerp
The Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp organized a series of round tables on 19 and 20 September to discuss issues related to the local relevance of international human rights norms. Experiences from a number of different geographical regions were analysed and participants from government, civil society and academia were able…Details
Conference: Joanna Bourke-Martignoni at the International Conference on the Evolution and Prospects of the Rights of Peasants
The Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto (Bilbao, The Basque Country, Spain) and Mundu Bat (One World, a Basque development NGO connected to Via Campesina) organized an international conference in Bilbao on 12-13 June 2017 to discuss new developments in connection with the rights of peasants. Joanna Bourke-Martignoni participated as a speaker in the session that…Details
On September 24, 2017, Swiss citizens voted for the inclusion of food security in the Federal Constitution. The initiative was accepted by 78,7 per cent of voters.
Christophe Golay answers questions in the Swiss newspaper Le temps about the Swiss policy on food security.
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This was a two day event, from the 5th to 6th of June 2017. The primary aim was to share the preliminary findings of the research with participants principally drawn from Ghana Judicial Service, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Private and State Media, and Civil Society. The reason for this combined exercise…Details