Exposing the Green Revolution: Myths, Realities, and Community Responses

Presented by the NYU Wagner Health Program, WHY (World Hunger Year), Food & Water Watch, US Working Group on the Food Crisis and NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association (IPSA) Student Group

Despite the promises of the Green Revolution begun in the 1960s, the number of hungry people in the world has increased to over 1 billion today. Yet in the midst of the current worsening food crisis, the solutions proposed are startlingly similar to those of the past.

Join Josphat Ngonyo of the Kenyan Biodiversity Network, Bronx community gardener and food justice leader Karen Washington, and Brother David Andrews, recent Senior Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly, to discuss what went wrong with the Green Revolution and to learn about vibrant community-based solutions to hunger from Kenya to New York.

Josphat Ngonyo

A social science and communications graduate with a postgraduate in NGO management, Josphat is founding Director of Africa Network for Animal Welfare.  He also founded Youth for Conservation after over 4 years of experience in conservation education with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Josphat plays a leading role in the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition and their efforts to protect Kenyan farmers from the introduction of genetically modified crops.

Karen Washington
Karen Washington is a lifelong New York City resident, and has been a community activist since 1985, striving to make the Bronx a better place to live.