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Maine Law to welcome global leader in fight to end hunger and food insecurity
18 March 2016

PORTLAND, Maine, March 17, 2016 -- Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, a global leader in the sustainable farming movement and the fight to end hunger and food insecurity, will visit Maine next week for the fifth annual Justice for Women Lecture, presented by the University of Maine School of Law.

Dr. Sibanda is an acclaimed scientist, farmer, and activist. She will spend the entire week in Maine, speaking with a wide range of students and groups about the barriers people face in accessing affordable, nutritious food, and solutions to those problems.

"This topic could not be more timely. Hunger and food insecurity are on the rise here in Maine, as they are in too many places around the world," said Danielle Conway, Dean at Maine Law. "Dr. Sibanda is an incredible resource to discuss problems and solutions, and hopefully to inspire action both here and abroad. We're honored to be her host as she engages Mainers in these crucial conversations."

Among the highlights of Dr. Sibanda's visit to Maine:

  • 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 21. Dr. Sibanda will visit with students at Deering High School in Portland. At 10:30, Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling will present her with a key to the city.
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Sibanda will visit Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, and then St. Mary's Nutrition Center in Lewiston, for tours and discussions about food insecurity and agriculture. She will also join the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn as it launches the state's first Community Food Charter, at 2 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Library.
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Sibanda will address Bates College students, faculty, and members of the community at the Muskie Archives. The topic is the importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life, and the talk is free and open to the public.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Dr. Sibanda will deliver the University of Maine School of Law's Justice for Women Lecture, at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St. Register at
  • 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, Dr. Sibanda will participate in a policy discussion about agriculture, economic development, and food insecurity. It will be held at Pierce Atwood in Portland and moderated by Dean Danielle Conway of Maine Law. Participants will include U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and many others including local farmers. This event is by invitation only.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Dr. Sibanda has been CEO and head of mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. In that role, she coordinates policy research and advocacy programs across 17 countries in Africa, focused on food security, climate change, and advances in agriculture. Dr. Sibanda is a leading voice in the "Farming First" global campaign to promote sustainable agricultural development.

The Justice for Women Lecture Series brings speakers to Maine each year to discuss their work and strategies to promote justice for women and girls. Maine Law established the series in 2011 with leadership and support from attorney and civic leader Catherine Lee of Lee International. The series is supported in part by the generosity of community partners, including CIEE, and other donors.

Learn more at To support the lecture series, visit

For more, view these press links of Dr. Sibanda.

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