|Speakers of the Main Program|
|Hans Rudolf Herren, Kenya, Switzerland, USA |
Winner of the Right Livelihood Award 2013
and the World Food Prize
|Sustainable Ecological Development in Agriculture organic pest control to improve crops, nutrition and the basis to sustain life
Founder and President of Biovision - Foundation for Ecological Development, President of the Millennium Institute in Washington DC (USA). Herren was honored with the prize due to his success in combating the cassava mealy bug,a pest rampant in all of Africa, with wasps and ladybirds – a chemical-free method which incurred no costs to farmers.
The “Push-Pull-Method” as an integrated, sustainable way of farming that dramatically improves maize yields and soil fertility. In this way Herren prevented mass famine. At the Institute for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi Herren subsequently made sure that intensive research was undertaken to find new methods to control pests that infest plants, destroy crops, kill animals and spread hunger and disease. He developed the ICIPE into a world-leading centre of excellence - particularly in the area of malaria mosquito control.
Herren co-chaired the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology (IAASTD) with Prof. Judi Wakhungu and is currently involved in making sure that a Change in Course of Global Agriculture is reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) currently being defined to replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.
|Marina Cantacuzino, Great Britain||Forgiveness – A moral Minefield; Founder of the ‘The Forgiveness Project’
Marina Cantacuzino, journalist, in 2003 started collecting personal stories of atrocity and terrorism which drew a line under the dogma of vengeance. The Forgiveness Project is UK based, not-for-profit, unaffiliated to any religious and political group. It explores forgiveness and reconciliation through individual real-life stories and promotes alternatives to violence and revenge. Marina Cantacuzino is a Huffington Post blogger.
Susi Gubler, Switzerland