Interview with Lorette Picciano on 02/10/16 discussing contributions and involvement with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and its predicessor organizations.
Type of Resource
Sustainable Agriculture policy development
Brief Biographical Summary - Since 1992, Lorette Picciano served as Executive Director of the Rural Coalition, an alliance of more than 60 culturally diverse community based organizations representing small producers and farmworkers in the US and Mexico. She works with RC’s diverse Board and members to promote just and sustainable development in rural areas, particularly in civil rights in agriculture. She has coordinated unified efforts in 7 Farm Bill Debates to secure more than 40 sections of policy to assure equal access to USDA programs for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers. She has also worked with RC member communities to advance food sovereignty with sister communities in North America and globally as a member of the international farmers’ movement, La Via Campesina. Her education includes a BS in Agriculture from Cornell University, and an M. Ed. from the University of Hawaii, where she was a participant in the Food Institute of the East-‐West Center and did fieldwork in the rural Philippines. Before joining RC, she worked since 1980 in Washington DC with several interfaith organizations on equity in food and farm policy, food security and fair trade issues, and continues this connection as a board member with several faith and solidarity economy networks.
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Continents: North America Countries: United States
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); St. Paul, Minnesota 2016