As Program Coordinator, Katie works to manage and promote the Food Sovereignty Tours Program as well as support the Tour Coordinators in planning and implementing each delegation. She holds a B.A. in Global and International Studies with an emphasis on Spanish and Latin America from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a passion for building international linkages that led her to travel extensively in Europe and Latin America, finally living and studying in Chile. A transplant from Colorado, she now lives in Oakland and has been working at Food First since she arrived, researching and writing on various topics from seed sovereignty to labor rights in the food system. Drawing on these various experiences, she is excited to advance Food First’s mission of amplifying the voices of the global food sovereignty movement, creating awareness and building alliances across borders. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles by Katie:
- Seed Lending Libraries: Communities Take Control of Their Genetic Resources
- Immigrant Women in the US Food Industry
- Food Workers for the Food Movement: ROC United
- Bayer Pesticides Kill Bees
Tanya is a researcher, writer and activist who has worked in every aspect of Food Sovereignty Tours over the past two years, from managing the program to planning and leading trips. She is now focused on coordinating delegations to Bolivia and Mexico as well as playing an advisory role in the continued development of the program. Tanya holds a BA in Global Studies, Spanish and Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota and is completing an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a passionate advocate of peasants’ rights and food sovereignty and pursues research on these issues. Contact: email@example.com
Articles by Tanya:
- The Road to Progress or the Road to Ruin? – Debating development in Bolivia
- Occupy the Food System! (with Eric Holt-Giménez)
- Selling Honduras Off to the Highest Bidder
- Solidarity is Difficult Work
- Don’t Touch my Land! Peasant resistance to land grabs in Mali
- Saving Africa’s Seeds
- Egypt and Beyond: Africa and the movement for global democracy
- Bolivia’s Resurgence of Native Foods
- Bolivia’s Battle for Climate Justice
- Oil-dependence and Food: Livelihoods at risk
Zoe was Food Sovereignty Tours’ first program coordinator. She began developing the program in early 2010 and led the first Food Sovereignty Tour to Cuba. She recently relocated to Argentina where she is pursuing her Masters in International Relations with an emphasis on Peace and Development at the Universidad del Salvador. She still coordinates our Cuba tour program and in her new role as Creative Director, Zoe draws on her experience owning and managing a graphic design company to help convey the global movement for food sovereignty through image and composition. An avid traveler herself, she strongly believes in the power of experiential education. In 2009, Zoe worked with UC Berkeley (her alma mater) to develop a bilingual study-abroad program focusing on Peace-Building in the Americas. Zoe’s research in recent years focuses on new forms of labor struggle in Argentina and worker and immigrant rights throughout the global food supply chain.
Articles by Zoe:
- Perils of the Global Soy Trade
- Cuba’s Army of farmers
- Labor, Land and Cooperatives in Cuba
- Hunger, Jobs and Water Wars
Eva works to build leadership with immigrant communities and with women and youth in anti-violence, public health, antiracism and food movements. She grew up in Nicaragua and has worked and traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Africa and Europe. She holds a BA in Political Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. She is completing an MA in Community Development through the University Institute of Lisbon in Portugal, with a focus on health education for justice, a collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz, CA where she is an AmeriCorps Volunteer. Of Basque heritage herself, Eva is excited to continue her collaboration with the Basque farmers union (EHNE) to coordinate this Food Sovereignty tour.
Articles by Eva:
- Basque Ciderhouses: Community resource and cultural tradition
- “Baserrias” Preserve Basque Culture Through Agrotourism
Anders was born in South Korea and adopted to a family in rural Denmark. He has worked and lived in Denmark, Canada, the US, and now Korea. He was a Food First intern in 2003-2004, during which time he worked with Dr. Raj Patel. Anders holds an MA from Roskilde University where he studied Environmental, Technological and Socio-Economic Planning. He has worked with and done research on agricultural trade policy, energy independence, food sovereignty, climate change and other issues related to rural sustainability. Anders is currently working on his PhD on food and agricultural development policy in South Korea and the government’s involvement in overseas agriculture following the 2007 food crisis.
Articles by Anders:
- South Korea, Part I: Food is key to national Identity…but farmers are left out
- South Korea, Part II: Modernization and global ambitions
- One Island Village’s Struggle for Land, Life and Peace
- Liberalizing the Economy May Crush the Culture of One Small Island
Born in Macerata, Italy, Giorgio Cingolani is an agricultural economist who focuses on rural development in poor areas of the world, working with peasant families. Giorgio studied agricultural sciences and economics in Italy, and subsequently obtained a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. In Italy, he worked with the trade union CGIL-Piedmont, promoting policies to improve food security for low-income workers and families by enhancing local food production, processing and distribution. Since 1999, he has managed a small, organic farm near Macerata where he cultivates under-utilized species such as faro, orzo nudo, chickpeas and lentils. Giorgio is an experienced and passionate advocate for peasants’ rights. His current interests include: the causes of world hunger; local vs. global markets; GMOs in food production; and actions for supporting peasant economies and small food producers.
Charles Wolinsky is a senior academic trip organizer and chaperon for the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, founded by Slow Food. Over the past four years, Charles has designed and led over three-dozen trips around the world highlighting regional food ways and food products. He holds a BA in European History and an MA in Food Culture and Communications. Charles currently lives in Bra with his Austrian wife Doris and their Italian baby girl, Greta Serafina.
A native of France’s Loire Valley, Céline has been active in the sustainable food movement for over 20 years. Having lived in the United States, Brazil, Guatemala, Thailand, and throughout Europe, she is fluent in four languages and an experienced translator. She holds degrees and certificates in Food Science and Technology, Tropical Agronomy and Organic Farming. Céline began her career working for solidarity groups across Europe and subsequently worked with many grassroots organizations internationally such as Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement and Guatemalan women developing small-scale food production enterprises. Upon her return to France, she founded the NGO ANIS Étoilé to promote environmental education, organic agriculture, healthy consumer choices, and food sovereignty. Most recently, Céline studied documentary filmmaking in San Francisco, CA.