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MDP Students at XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology 2016

Tue. Sep. 6, 2016

Kaitlyn Duthie Kannikkatt (L) and Esther Awotwe (R)

Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt (L), a MDP graduate, and Esther (L)

By Esther Awotwe, 2nd year MDP student

The weather was too damn hot in Toronto but that did not in any way take the fun out of the Rural Sociology Conference hosted at Ryerson University in Toronto from August 10-14. We heard from a diverse group of interdisciplinary rural scholars from all over the world.

My paper presentation was on the role of Indigenous women’s knowledge in the food systems. The paper touched on cases in Peru, Nigeria and Northeast India espousing that traditional knowledge held by Indigenous women can help bridge the gap between current agricultural practices and the rights of rural peoples to define the uses of their natural resources.