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Oxfam America
APRIL 11, 2005
1:00 PM
CONTACT: Oxfam America 
Vicky Rateau, 202-496-1079
Matt Russell, 240-672-3927
West African Advocate for Women Agricultural Producers to Meet With Politicians, Religious Leaders, Farmers in Iowa and Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- April 11 -- News Advisory:

WHAT: Oxfam America together with the Land Stewardship Project have organized a visit the week of April 10 by a prominent West African advocate for women agricultural producers to discuss with local farmers, politicians, college students and religious leaders in Iowa and Minnesota how U.S. agricultural subsidies are denying developing country farmers the benefits of globalization and their economic and social rights, while negatively impacting the environment and the livelihood of smaller family farms here in the U.S.

WHO: Alimata Traore is president of the African-based Regional Union of Rural Women, an organization that strives for improvement of living conditions and rights for women farmers and the preservation of biodiversity in the Sikasso region of Mali, Africa. Since 2001, she has participated in the campaign for the fight against subsidies given by developed countries to their farmers. Ms. Traore is also a member of the National Office of the Association of Professional Farmers Organizations.

WHERE: Below are selected events.

U.S. Agricultural Policy Discussion

Cathedral of St. Raphael, 231 Bluff St., Dubuque, Iowa

1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12

Implications of U.S. Agricultural and Trade Policies Discussion

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Fellowship Hall, 304 E. 2nd St., Holstein, Iowa

1 p.m., Wednesday, April 13

Discussion with Minnesota farmers and Lutheran women

United Church of Christ, 210 9th Avenue, Granite Falls, Minn.

12 p.m., Thursday, April 14

WHY: These events have been organized in conjunction with the Global Week of Action for Trade Justice, taking place April 10 through 16. Millions of people in over 70 countries will participate in events throughout the week. In the United States, Oxfam America supporters have organized more than 250 events in 43 states. Together, they are creating a movement in support of a leveled playing field for farmers, fair trade coffee and other products, and against unfair trade agreements.

Oxfam America is dedicated to finding long-term solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice around the world. Oxfam works to improve trade policies so that millions of farmers here and abroad can make a living and lift themselves out of poverty. For more information, please visit


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