Global food, inequality, and Covid-19: Rob Wallace on the #Covid19 Webinar series

Season 1, Episode 13,  Apr 23, 2020, 01:01 PM

This episode is an extract from the third edition in our weekly webinar series, which  featured a dialogue between Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and agrarian justice activists from Myanmar, Palestine, Indonesia and Europe.

The webinar  explored how globalised industrial food systems set the scene for the emergence of COVID-19, and examined the structural connections between industrial agriculture, pathogens and precarious working conditions. It  also brought out the different realities people face in light of the pandemic, and how these impact ongoing struggles for more just food systems and societies.

  • Rob Wallace author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and co-author of Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm.
  • Moayyad Bsharat of Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), member organization of La Via Campesina in Palestine.
  • Arie Kurniawaty of Indonesian feminist organization Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) which works with women in grassroots communities across the urban-rural spectrum.
  • Sai Sam Kham of Metta Foundation in Myanmar.
  • Paula Gioia, peasant farmer in Germany and member of the Coordination Committee of the European Coordination Via Campesina.

Watch the full webinar: 

Photo: Peasant working in the field / Credit: Dinkum/Wikimedia Commons.