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Global Leader Fighting To End Hunger/Food Insecurity To Visit Deering

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Global Leader Fighting To End Hunger/Food Insecurity To Visit Deering
Posted on 03/17/2016
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Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, a global leader in the sustainable farming movement and the fight to end hunger and food insecurity, will speak with Deering High School students about those issues on Tuesday, March 22.

Sibanda is an acclaimed scientist, farmer, and activist. She is spending a week in Maine, speaking with a wide range of students and groups about the barriers people face in accessing affordable, nutritious food, and about solutions to those problems.

Sibanda is in Maine to deliver the University of Maine School of Law’s fifth annual Justice for Women Lecture on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center. The public can register for that free event at www.mainelawcommunity.org/2016jfw.

During Sibanda’s March 22 visit to Deering, she’ll meet with a small group of Deering students and then, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., address a larger group in the school’s auditorium. At the event, she is slated to receive a key to the city of Portland from Mayor Ethan Strimling.

According to Danielle Conway, Dean at Maine Law, Sibanda’s visit is very timely. “Hunger and food insecurity are on the rise here in Maine, as they are in too many places around the world,” Conway said. “Dr. Sibanda is an incredible resource to discuss problems and solutions, and hopefully to inspire action both here and abroad. We’re honored to be her host as she engages Mainers in these crucial conversations.”

Women with children are disproportionately vulnerable to food insecurity, which is defined as the lack of access to enough food to ensure adequate nutrition. Maine has a higher rate of food insecurity than any other state in New England, and the problem has been worsening in recent years, according to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The Justice for Women Lecture Series brings speakers to Maine each year to discuss their work and strategies to promote justice for women and girls. The Portland Public Schools partners with Maine Law to have the speakers address students, said DHS teacher Carlos Gomez.

As a member of the International Studies School Network (ISSN), Deering offers opportunities and curriculum to help students investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Sibanda has been CEO and head of mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. In that role, she coordinates policy research and advocacy programs across 17 countries in Africa, focused on food security, climate change and advances in agriculture. Sibanda is a leading voice in the “Farming First” global campaign to promote sustainable agricultural development.