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NB this post is a few days late as I have not had internet access until now. [caption id="attachment_220" align="alignleft" width="1024" caption="Camels en route to Mera, Gujarat, India"][/caption] It was a pleasant flight on Kingfisher Airlines from London to Mumbai. I was able to sleep through most of it. I have another 8 hours to kill in Mumbai Airport and I have already made two trips to the food court and had some amazing food.
NB: This is a few days late as I had no internet access until now En route to India and working through the first of two eight hour layovers. This trip has come about so quickly that I feel remarkably unprepared and somewhat unsure of how I feel or how I should feel. I wonder what Baudrillard would say about that? The simulation of a trip: Reality negated by so many other “visits to” and “vistas of” India: Predetermined, socially acceptable emotional cues have been successfully implanted and are ready to be performed before, after and during my stay.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="266" caption="Iron rich red soil near Paint Pots mineral springs in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada."][/caption] Message from Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, CityUniversity, London: Gradually, one of the oldest food policy concerns is resurfacing globally – the issue of soil health.  At times, I have wondered if Soil Scientists are themselves becoming an endangered species, as here in Europe, (and in the UK), there has been remarkable complacency for a long time. Over the last decade, however, some welcome urgency has crept back in.
MAY 28 – 30, 2011
The 2011 CAFS conference theme, which reflects the Congress theme, is “EXPLORING CHANGE THROUGH FOOD ”. We invite session proposals or individual paper proposals dealing with the connections of food production and consumption to notions of exploration and discovery. Submissions exploring differences in regional and local foodscapes; examining the relationship between changes in urban consumption patterns and tastes and their effects on literal and metaphorical rural topography; and investigations of community development through food are particularly welcome.
From the newsletter of the Working Group on Agrarian Reform and Territory, of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty - IPC: How to participate in the Online Consultation of Civil Society Organizations´ Proposals to the FAO Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure Following the process for the elaboration of the civil society document set out by the International Facilitating Team at the beginning of 2010, the drafting committee has prepared the first draft for wide consultation. The document has been drafted based on the outcomes on the four regional consultations held in Kuala Lumpur, Brasilia, Rome and Nyèlèni and on the inputs collected through an online questionnaire. The reports of these four CSO consultations can be found elsewhere on the website.

This month I will be headed to India to support the work of the Global Gathering of Women Pastoralists. I will be doing my best to blog regularly from the Gathering. ...

  [caption id="" align="alignright" width="110" caption="Still a fan of the SRRTF"][/caption] Yesterday I uploaded a post called" Why the "UN body fails to back "land grabs" code of conduct" (apologies for the...

I just realised I have made reference to the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure and the Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture. Here are the links to the two processes: Principles for...