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Civil Society Organisations and Food Security: Networking for Discursive Positioning, Roles and Institutional Space

Dr Maria Grazia Quieti, Visiting Ph.D. Scholar
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 - 4:00pm
Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building

Public Seminar series hosted by the Environment Research Group.

The seminar will present the evolution of the relationship between civil society organisations and the U.N., in particular the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the U.N., in relation to food security and its policy enactment at international level. It will discuss the continuing tension between classifying and categorising civil society by U.N. organisations and the dissolving of civil society into fluid and shifting transnational networks. It will review the discursive positioning on food security and food sovereignty, expected roles and gains in institutional space.

Maria Grazia Quieti is a Visiting Ph.D. Scholar in the School of Planning and Geography from where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2007. She was previously Executive Director of the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission in Italy and Senior Policy Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). In addition to working with civil society organisations at policy level in developing countries, one of her assignments included being responsible for the involvement of civil society organisations in the first World Food Summit in 1996.