Detroit Mercy hosts speaker on the future of food March 29

March 12, 2018

University of Detroit Mercy will host a special presentation by Carol B. Thompson, a professor emerita of political science at Northern Arizona University, who will present "The Future of Food: Lessons from African Smallholder Farmers." This special lecture takes place Thursday, March 29, from 6-7 p.m. in the College of Health Professions building, Room 124.

Thompson’s talk will share how African smallholder farmers are successfully adapting to climate change by community participation in farmer field schools for seed breeding and seed saving. As they reject the chemicals and energy waste of industrial agriculture, the farmers offer us lessons for increasing biodiverse nutrition, which is the future of food.

Because Thompson considers it a privilege to learn from the farmers, she has worked on issues of food sovereignty in southern Africa for decades and taught at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and the University of Zimbabwe in the fields of international environmental policy and trade.

The ReBUILDetroit Community Advisory Committee Speakers Series event is co-sponsored by Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD), Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, The Healing Support Network and the ReBUILDetroit program.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Jahzara Mayes Otoo, Institutional Development Core coordinator, REBUILDetroit Program, at 313-993-1216 or via email at