Responding to a request from representatives of Farmers’ Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a ‘training of trainers’ workshop took place 25–28 February at the Bwindi Institute, six kms north of Bukavu, South Kivu province. Farmer’s Dialogue is a programme of Initiatives of Change which supports farmers in their calling to feed the world and to build farmer to farmer links across the world.
A two day journey and workshop on 'Building Trust between consumers and farmers' was organised by the Indian Youth Climate Network in association with WISER.org, I Say Organic and supported by Initiatives of Change (IofC) at Sirsa, Haryana, in India, 22-23 December, 2012. Rishabh Khanna has sent this report.
Simon Maddrell, founder and Executive Director of Excellent Development, made the issue of land degradation a reality for participants at a Greencoat Forum in the London centre of Initiatives of Change on 8 January. 'If we don’t do something about drylands, then you need to start getting very concerned about where you’re going to get your food and your water.’
A two day workshop on Urban Farming at Home took place in New Delhi on 15 and 16 December, 2012. The main objective of the workshop was to get people connecting and learning about practising chemical and toxic free gardening using creative methods in their homes and community spaces within the urban context.
In November a Training for Trainers session was held in Kenya, near the city of Nyahururu. The course dealt with questions linked with team-building, personal commitment, and reconciliation. The courses are intended to teach the delegates how to instruct trainees in the fundamentals of team-building and empowerment.
Each year since 2008 the Caux Forum has brought together several hundred people working to advance human security. This year 300 participants from 56 countries met to develop ongoing initiatives and to plan new ones.
On 7 November, in the presence of the local District Agricultural Officer (DAO), Mr Joseph K Mutuma and in front of an audience of 100 people, the 'Farmers’ Dialogue International' association was officially announced in Kenya.
For over 80 years, Initiatives of Change’s work of inspiring people to make a difference, has led to some remarkable initiatives in trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living. In 2012, these became official areas of focus.