Catherine and Larry Halvey-Goodwin are founders and co-executive directors of PLANT (Partners for the Land &Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples)
Catherine is from Co. Galway, Ireland. She worked for 26 years in Brazil, where she initiated and coordinated the Archdiocesan Human Rights Center of Manaus in Amazonas; the Witness Protection Program (to combat torture, disappearances, corruption and organized crime); the Tikuna Cultural Center (for ethnic Tikuna people displaced from their traditional habitat by deforestation and forced to live in urban Manaus); and related human rights initiatives. She has lectured in social ethics in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza and Manaus universities.
Larry is from the United States. He spent 8 years in Uganda and 2 years in Zimbabwe, where he served with rural communities in areas of human rights, sustainable development and appropriate technology. In the U.S. he worked for a national citizens’ lobby to advocate for public policies combating domestic and international hunger. He directed a Washington, DC-based NGO advocating for U.S. policies toward Africa, where he gave special attention to promoting and upholding smallholder farmers’ rights, agroEcology, seed & food sovereignty, and the right to water.