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EDA FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER - Focus on Solutions
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
•  DID YOU KNOW? - Food Insecurity and Uncertainty is a Global Problem
•  EDA TO LAUNCH ADVOCACY TRAINING - Join Us in Oakland
•  ADVOCACY IN OUR FUTURE - 2020 and Beyond
•  ANNOUNCEMENT - Meet Charles Hannah, Acting Director of Development
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EDA is in the midst of a fundraising campaign and we need your support. We've been working to evolve our current unsustainable economic system into one that will meet basic human needs, now and in the future. We need donors like you so we can get the word out and make this goal a reality.
 
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Advocacy is at the heart of our organization and will be the focus of the EDA Third Annual Conference: Resource Democracy in Action in Oakland, California, this year. We are still finalizing the program but we've shared some highlights that you can expect.

If you're interested in learning about economic democracy – you're in luck. We've launched a new monthly segment entitled Did You Know? This month, we uncover some facts about national and global food insecurity and uncertainty - what is it, who is affected by it, and what the future of agriculture will look like.

EDA welcomes Charles Hannah as Acting Director of Development, who will be spearheading major fundraising strategies that will set EDA on track to meet our financial needs. You can read more about Charles at the end of the newsletter.
 
The EDA Team
– DID YOU KNOW? –
Food Insecurity and Uncertainty
is a Global Problem

In 2017, EDA began a study of carrying capacity, the ability of specific environments to meet the food needs of their populations. In 2018, we concluded an in-depth analysis of the food carrying capacity of ten counties in the San Francisco Bay Area bioregion. In 2019, we are developing an interactive GIS map that will help legislators, corporations and the public understand the relationship between carrying capacity and sustainable resource management.

These steps are our initial contribution to addressing the world food crisis, some aspects of which are depicted in the infographic below. Forty million Americans currently experience food insecurity, defined as a lack of steady access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Worldwide, nearly 1 billion people go to sleep hungry every night.

With the world's population expected to grow 34% by 2050, food uncertainty is sure to become a primary concern for all nations. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food production will need to increase by 70% to feed this larger, more urban and richer population.

How will humanity meet the escalating demand for this essential resource? Our research and advocacy for economic democracy – an economic system specifically designed to meet the needs of all – are important parts of the answer.

– OCTOBER IN OAKLAND –
EDA to Launch Advocacy Training

We’re proud to announce that EDA will showcase its new Advocacy Training Program at the EDA Third Annual Conference: Resource Democracy in Action in Oakland, CA, from October 4 to 6.

The conference will include a free public information presentation on the first evening, followed by a day-long immersion session by our trainers for both the Bay Area public and EDA members. On the last day, several EDA groups — Research, Education, Website, EDA Next Generation and Development — will discuss their efforts in supporting the rollout of this training across the country next year.

Oakland is at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. This bioregion was the subject of EDA’s agricultural sustainability research project which was highlighted at our 2018 conference in Philadelphia. The Bay Area ecosystem will also be used this year as a working example for advocacy training. Don’t miss this inaugural event!

– ADVOCACY IN OUR FUTURE –
2020 and Beyond

Advocacy is at the heart of EDA’s future plans. Starting in 2020, we’ll be taking this program to locations across the United States. Our mission is to train local advocates to speak with their elected officials and others in positions of authority. The focus is on legislation that emphasizes local and regional decision-making for economic self-sufficiency.

This is why EDA is offering an intensive study on social justice and ecological sustainability through its Inquiry Group each Monday. If you want to be an EDA Advocate or a Trainer, this is the place to start right now!

I WANT TO JOIN THE INQUIRY GROUP
Meet Charles Hannah
– ACTING DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT –

By the end of next year, EDA aims to be a national organization with dynamic impact. With that ambitious goal, EDA began looking for someone to develop and implement a major plan for fundraising. Recently, EDA appointed Charles Hannah as its Acting Director of Development.

Charles has business experience on four continents and a proven track record for raising money. From the dairy industry to film production, he has worked successfully in international marketing, budgeting and donor development. Charles brings a rare intelligence and passion to his work. That’s why we are so happy that he has joined EDA to help us meet our large financial goals for the future.

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