Food Sovereignty and the Farm to Fork Strategy| Webinar | Full Recording

European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), as the only European organisation that represents small and medium-scale farmers, peasant farmers and agricultural workers, together with its allies thinks that this is time to relaunch a different political approach for EU agricultural systems: Food Sovereignty.

This approach will ensure quality food for people in Europe, reverse the disappearance of European farms, support new farmers and farming methods based on peasant agroecology and guarantee farmers can make a living from their production and protects agricultural workers. It will also empower both urban and rural European citizens to take control of their food supply system, tackling social, economic and logistical obstacles which have, to date, allowed industrial farming to prosper.

Often is misinterpreted as Food Security, or Food Sufficiency, this webinar will explain what Food Sovereignty is, as developed by social movements, and what this looks like in real terms.

It will also be an opportunity to clarify and explore the potential Food Sovereignty has to reshape EU agricultural and food policies in particular under the framework of the proposed F2F strategy, through dialogue with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski and considering the role of all EU institutions currently involved in this work.

Speakers and presentations

  • What Food Sovereignty means in practice for the European context, including the current debate on the Farm to Fork strategy, the EU trade policy and the Common Agricultural Policy Reform by Geneviève Savigny, farmer in South of France and representative of the European Coordination Via Campesina
  • Food systems at the centre of the society by by Jogoda Munič, director of Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), member of the Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Food Sovereignty Movement (Nyéléni ECA)
  • The importance of Food Sovereignty for the Farm to Fork strategy and the New Green Deal – Jessica Duncan, Associate Professor, Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University

Followed by a round table of reactions with the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski and Q&A.