Updates: Land & Labor in South Africa, and a New Righting Food Calendar

A few odds & ends:

1. How would land reform in South Africa affect the labor rights of farmworkers? In theory, land redistribution and land restitution would raise wages and improve the bargaining power of farmworkers. But in practice, land reform may not automatically improve farmworkers’ conditions, which is why I assert in an article for Think Africa Press that “righting today’s wrongs requires more than fixing yesterday’s.” Read the full article here.

2. Righting Food now has a calendar to highlight interesting events related to the intersection of food, human rights, and the law. You can find it here, or visit the Google Calendar version to see past events as well. If you’d like Righting Food to list your event, please send an email.

3. Speaking of interesting events, one coming up soon in New York is the New School’s Conference on Food and Immigrant Life, taking place April 18-19. I’m looking forward to the panel discussion on food security and migration, as well as the keynote address by Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, on the plight of migrant farmworkers. What an amazing woman.

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