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  • ARC2020's Communications Director spend a week on the road in rural Greece recently, with force of nature Pavlos Georgiadis – farmer, food producer, film maker, campaigner, social innovator and community manager with the exciting new GROW Observatory. Here's a snapshot of their trip. [...]
  • Without farming, Britain’s countryside would be drastically different. Imagine walking through landscapes un-tilled, un-sown, un-fertilised and un-treated, nor grazed by cattle or sheep. Land abandonment or tropic rewilding? [...]
  • "We invite you to listen, understand each other, share, dream contribute, enjoy and act to change and improve our societies." With these words of Forum Synergies' Philippe Barret, so began the European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 in Karditsa. [...]
  • The European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 - social economy, cooperatives and grassroots initiatives in rural Greece - begins tomorrow. We'll keep you updated during the event on social media - facebook and twitter - and with detailed, dedicated articles after the event. Here's all you need to know for now. [...]
  • Large-scale urban agriculture is on the rise globally, with more and more farms appearing in our cities. A far cry from allotments and community gardens, urban farms occupy much bigger spaces; they can employ people, regenerate huge neighbourhoods and give residents access to fresh produce on their doorsteps. [...]
  • A number of organisations made submissions to the CAP consultation, which closed last week. Here we outline three differing ones  – one from public health, one from farming  and one, which we devote more space to, from a platform bringing a number of [...]
  • The CAP consultation is complete, and the results are in. So who participated, and how representative was the process? Here ARC2020 presents the top three key insights from the information available so far. [...]
  • As we build towards the European Rural Sustainability Gathering (ERSG) in Greece, 1 7-20th May, we publish now an exclusive interview with Shannon McCabe of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. This interview was conducted at the Peliti Olympic Seed Festival, which took place in Drama Greece last month. Peliti are co-organisers of the ERSG. [...]

Rural Sustainability Gathering

This year Forum Synergies’ European Rural Sustainability Gathering will take place in Karditsa, Greece on 17-21 May 2017. The gathering will be an opportunity to meet people with a spirit of cooperation and action for sustainable rural development from across Europe. Find the program and all information here.

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Debate: #AfterCAP

aftercapAgriculture, food and the rural seem to have been placed at the back of the queue: massive cuts in the agriculture and rural administration of the Commission; a mere communication by Commissioner  Hogan rather than the usual mid-term review; talk of a move of CAP money to external security and migration policy. What's next? We are looking forward to hear your opinion! Join the ARC2020 #AfterCAP Debate.

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