TEMPE, Ariz. — October 15, 2013 — The annual Empowerment for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability (EmPeace LABS) conference takes place October 19-26 in Maharashtra, India to connect global farmers in a network that will further sustainable farming methods and establish peaceful communities in developing countries.
The EmPeace LABS conference is coordinated by Arizona State University (ASU), Jain Irrigation Systems, Ltd., and the Gandhi Research Foundation. Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful perspective is a core inspiration for the conference’s curriculum.
“When people are hungry, they fight for resources,” says Marek Wosinski, conference organizer, senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, and senior lecturer in ASU’s Department of Psychology. “If you want to create stability, you need to secure food.”
The conference is designed to complement lectures with in-field, practical training.
“We want to show that sustainable agriculture isn’t impossible,” says Rimjhim Aggarwal, conference organizer, senior sustainability scientist in ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, and an associate professor in ASU’s School of Sustainability. “Participants will meet fellow leaders and activists who may have had similar difficulties in a project, and then see that it has been done. That is a tremendous source of inspiration.”
Participant registration is closed, but members of the media are welcome to attend. Visit: http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/projects/emplabs2013.
The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first comprehensive program of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs to create practical solutions for environmental, economic, and social challenges. Visit the Global Institute of Sustainability at http://sustainability.asu.edu.